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Sideways Garter Stitch Hat with Dahlia


RELEASE DATE:  1991, Revised September 2002. 

DESCRIPTION:  This is a pull-on hat with several edging choices and an optional "corsage" of 3-dimensional garter stitch leaves and dahlia-like flower. The hat is worked sideways and is designed in sizes from premature infant to lady’s large. I developed the original hat when I was taking part in a Minnesota Knitters’ Guild public service project in 1991 to knit premature infant hats for the University of Minnesota Hospital (all preemie hats were knitted of acrylic with basic edging and no flower trim).


SIZE:  From premature infant to lady’s large. Follow the table for a choice of sizes, but feel free to adjust the yarn thickness and number of wedges used to suit your taste. For example, for a hat with a turn-up brim use thick yarn and large needles and work fewer wedges; for a hat without a turn-up brim, use finer yarn and thinner needles and work more wedges than you would with the thicker yarn. You can also make a hat fit a little more loosely (to minimize "hat hair") if you work an extra wedge.


SKILL REQUIRED:  The basic hat is a beginner project. The flower, leaves, and brim edge variations are intermediate skills.



  • YARN:  For the warmest hat, use an animal fiber yarn such as alpaca or wool. Superwash yarn is an especially nice choice for easy care. For premature baby hats that will be given to hospital programs, be sure to check with the hospital for the fiber preferred (often cotton or acrylic so it can be washed and sterilized with other baby garments).  Yardage varies from about 55 yards for a premature infant (fingering weight yarn) to about 150 yards for the lady's large (bulky yarn).  The flower takes an additional 40 yards or so (depending the thickness of the yarn you choose), and each leaf requires about 8 yards or so.

  • NEEDLES:  Depending on the size you want to make and the thickness of yarn, you will need one set of needles in size 5 (for smallest size), size 11 (for the largest size), and intermediate size needles for intermediate size hats.


    • Darning needle to weave in ends.

    • Stitch marker if you make the zigzag edging


GAUGE:  Not very critical and varies with every type of yarn. See table for the suggested gauge information.



zig zag edging    slip stitch edging    scalloped edging

top of 6-wedge hat    dahlia & leaves on side of hat


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