Back Roads Hat
Back Roads Hat
Back Roads Hat
Back Roads Hat
Back Roads Hat
Back Roads Hat
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Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
–Robert Frost (1874-1963), The Road Not Taken

The Back Roads Hat is reflective of those long forgotten byways, inviting adventure with a cabled ribbing and a lovely textural pattern of curving stockinette stitch paired with garter stitch ridges and slip-stitch crosses.



NOTE: This original design pattern is the copyrighted property of Melissa Burke, Apiary Knits, and is intended for the personal use of the original purchaser only. Please do not reproduce or distribute this pattern (in whole or in part) without express written permission from Melissa Burke, Apiary Knits.

This pattern has been professionally tech edited and test knit to reduce the potential for error.


Small (20″/51 cm), Medium (22″/56 cm), and Large (24″/61 cm).

For your reference when picking a size to work, our model is wearing a size Medium. Her head circumference is 22-7/8” (58.1 cm).


The pattern is fully charted, but also includes complete written directions so the ability to read a chart is not necessary to work this pattern.


For reference, gauge is given for both stockinette stitch and body pattern stitch. Body pattern stitch draws in both horizontally and vertically.

21 stitches/32 rounds to 4” x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm) in stockinette stitch, unblocked.
28 stitches/37 rounds to 4” x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm) in body pattern stitch, unblocked.

Hat is worked in the round from the bottom up using a variety of stitches for added interest.

To work this pattern, you will need to know:

  • Knit and purl stitches
  • Knitting in the round
  • Increase and decrease stitches – M1L, M1R, K2TOG, SSK, CDD
  • Knitting through the back loop
  • No cable needle 2 stitch cables
  • Slipped stitches


145 – 175 yards (133 – 160 m) of worsted weight yarn.

A worsted weight yarn with good stitch definition and little to no halo is recommended. Some tonals will work, but highly variegated yarn will distract from the slipped stitch pattern.


US 6 (4 mm) 16” (41 cm) circular needle
US 6 (4 mm) 7” (18 cm) double-pointed needles
Or any size needed to obtain correct gauge.


Tapestry/blunt yarn needle
Stitch marker

  • Pattern: Back Roads Hat
  • Yarn Used In Sample: Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage, Colorway: Badlands, Dahlia
  • Publication Date: September, 2013
  • Current Version: v012014