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Swans Island Watch Cap PDF

Like a stalwart seaman depicted in an Andrew Wyeth painting, this traditional cap has a certain rugged appeal. This hat is inspired by the classic government issue caps given to Navy sailors. The watch cap historically provided a simple and functional cap that could be worn by everyone. It is designed with a rolled up brim up to provide extra warmth around the ears. Our version adds more interest with a simple, easy to memorize “mistake rib” texture while maintaining the classic silhouette.

This pattern is a downloadable PDF file.

Skill Level: Beginner
Yarn: 1 skein Swans Island Pure Blends 85% Organic Merino Wool/15% Alpaca, worsted weight (100 gms, 250 yds each).
Color Shown: Oatmeal YW 210
Needles: US size 7 (4.5 mm) 16" circular needle and set of 5 double-pointed needles
Sizes: S (M, L)
Shown in size L.
Finished Dimensions:
Circumference: 13¼ (17¾, 22¼)"
Height: 9¼ (10½, 11¾)"
Gauge: 4½ sts x 6½ rnds = 1" on Mistake Rib.

Michele Rose Orne
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Adaptable, warm, and easy to make

By shuggie

from New England

Verified Buyer


  • Adaptable Sizing
  • Easy To Learn Stitch
  • Easy To Understand
  • Works With Various Yarns


    Best Uses

    • Extra Warm When Folded Up

    Comments about Swans Island Watch Cap PDF:

    This pattern gives directions for several sizes from child to large adult. Swatching instructions make it easy to substitute a variety of yarns. It has an easy to learn "mistake rib" pattern. It's easy to fine tune the length of the hat for those who like the extra warmth of a folded cuff. The plain pattern shows off special yarns, yet is simple enough for guys who say "I just want a plain hat, Mom". I do stop before the final decreases and finish off a couple of rows earlier than suggested to get a flatter crown.

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