Samoa Hat

A beautifully simple hat with a clean, I-cord cast on.

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better in the Hat Department, it did. At last, the knitting universe is on my side. For the time being. Fingers crossed.

I am so pleased to share another new hat pattern with you today. It’s called Samoa.

Samoa is a clean, stylish hat featuring an I-cord cast on for a finished, tidy brim. Step by step instructions are provided if you are new to I-cord cast-ons.  They are more work up front, but it’s entirely worth it. I-cord cast-ons aren’t as scary as they sound. You can totally do this!

I loath stockinette brims that roll, and sometimes I just get sick of ribbing. It’s nice to change things up now and again. Keep it fresh.

The textured band, a simple combination of knit and slipped stitches, is divided from the brim and clean upper stockinette section with rounds of knitted chain stitch. Step by step written instructions are also included.

I used Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Great Grey Owl (I have been so into greys lately!) on size 6 (4 mm) needles, but the pattern is flexible and can be knitted with similar needles and yarn types.

This hat is sized to fit an adult woman but can easily be adjusted for a smaller or larger circumference by casting on fewer or more stitches in multiples of ten.

All instructions are provided in both English and metric units in a professional, sleek pattern.

Pretty pattern = pretty hat.

Samoa is just challenging enough not to bore you to tears with a few fancy but completely achievable details to keep things spicy in the knitting department.

Looking for holiday knitting gift ideas but you want something a little different from the ordinary hum drum? This hat is for you! Impress your friends and family or knit one up for yourself. Less than two months of holiday knitting time remain!

{Pause while I recover from brief panic attack…}

Samoa is available on Ravelry for $3.00 USD. Enjoy and happy knitting!

Joining Ginny’s lovely Yarn Along and reading How to Knit a Love Song. Completely cheesy and predictable, but I truly can’t put it down. Sigh.

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  • Reply Tracey October 28, 2015 at 5:28 am

    Your hat is adorable, I love it! You really are quite talented.

  • Reply emma October 28, 2015 at 5:57 am

    Great looking hat! Fantastic photo shoot!!!
    I’ve never tried an i-cord cast-on, maybe it’s time…

  • Reply laura October 28, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Love your hat!

  • Reply purepurly October 28, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Just lovely! And great and inspiring photos! Wow! Will seriously consider to make one!

  • Reply Amanda Dymacek October 28, 2015 at 7:44 am

    What a great pattern! I love the texture – and look at your smiling face. 🙂

  • Reply carolinehauf October 28, 2015 at 7:46 am

    That is just the prettiest hat – I’m off to buy the pattern. It would look perfect on my daughter!!

  • Reply Little Church Knits October 28, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Beautiful! I honestly think I’d be a happy knitter making hats forever 😉 And I just can’t have too many here in the Great White North.

  • Reply Little Church Knits October 28, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Oh! And who doesn’t love MadTosh+Gray??

  • Reply natalie October 28, 2015 at 8:01 am


  • Reply bonnyknits October 28, 2015 at 8:14 am

    Oh my gosh, I love all your hats. This is gorgeous. I can’t decide if I like it better than the Best Hat Ever or not, it’s close!

  • Reply Mary Jo October 28, 2015 at 9:18 am

    OhMyKnittingGoddesses, this is wonderful!! I won’t embarrass myself by saying how many Tosh yarns I have in my stash right now that would work beautifully! Must buy and cast on today (love downloads… 🙂

  • Reply AlisonH October 28, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Very cool construction! Nicely done!

  • Reply smithsoccasional October 28, 2015 at 10:53 am

    A very sweet pattern! Like it a lot!

  • Reply Tonya October 28, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    This hat is wonderful. Simple yet different.

  • Reply eileen October 28, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Great hat and I need a new hat pattern for Christmas…thanks

  • Reply Lee October 28, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    I love tour new pattern! Beautiful details and it’s not slouchy! I’m going to buy it right now! Thanks.

  • Reply Tania October 28, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    The brim pattern and icord looks so pretty. Congratulations on a beautiful design

  • Reply Elise and Life October 28, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    That’s a gorgeous design – sometimes the simple styles are the best 🙂

  • Reply Alina October 28, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Gorgeous pictures!

  • Reply Sarah October 28, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    So beautiful! I am off to favorite it at ravelry so that it’s in the runnings next time I’m looking for a good project!

  • Reply Zena October 29, 2015 at 4:06 am

    This hat is so pretty.

  • Reply Andi October 29, 2015 at 6:42 am

    Beautiful hat pattern, Andrea!! It is the perfect hat.

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    […] do think the Latvian Braid looks remarkably similar (identical!) to the stitch I used in my Samoa and Best Hat Ever patterns. I know I am biased, but I strongly favor my own technique. It requires […]

  • Reply A Hat, I Think - This Knitted Life August 3, 2016 at 4:04 am

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