Free Pattern: It’s Cold Outside

Update 12/17/10 – My husband asked for one of these for himself, but that meant I needed to add another size. The pattern now comes in an adult large.

I was beginning to wonder when winter was really going to start–our fall lasted longer than I expected, and every time it started getting cold, we’d get more warm weather. It wasn’t that I was necessarily looking forward to cold (or more snow like we saw last year!)…but I was beginning to wonder if we were ever going to get to break out the handknits.

Be careful what you wish for.

Over the course of a few days, the average temps dropped 30 degrees, and the biting winds started, the ones that slice right through flimsy knit goods. I had a hat planned for my daughter, and my son already has one, but neither is quite robust enough for our temps and wind.

So I pulled up my Ravelry stash and began looking for some appropriate yarn. I wanted at least a bulky weight for both warmth and a quick knit, and I was thrilled when I came across some Spud & Chloe Outer. It’s a super bulky weight yarn, a blend of 65% superwash wool and 35% cotton. I love Spud & Chloe Sweater, which I’ve knit several projects with, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands into the Outer.

Then I went looking for a pattern…and couldn’t find just what I wanted. I wanted a very simple hat with a ribbed brim that could be folded up, sized for a child, and knit in super bulky yarn. The closest I found was knit with size US17 needles, but I didn’t like how loose that fabric was–I preferred what I was getting with US13s.

So I calculated my gauge, whipped up a quick pattern with Lexie in mind, and viola!

It's Cold Outside (1)

Since I’ve already done the math, I extended it a bit for a few more sizes and figured I’d post the pattern for anyone who wants a super warm, super soft, and super simple hat. Each size will fit a variety of heads (it’s bulky enough to fit a smaller head snuggly but has enough stretch for a larger head; I knit Lexie the child size and it fits her, her brother, and can even fit me). The hat is easily customized as well: if you prefer a roll brim hat, knit for the same length but eliminate the ribbing; if you prefer a beanie to a folded brim, knit a shorter ribbing and/or for less distance before the decreases.

IT’S COLD OUTSIDE by Jen Johnson

Sizes: baby (child, aIt's Cold Outside 2 (2)dult small, adult large)
Circ: 15 (17, 19, 21)”
Height (from cast on edge): 7 (9, 10, 11)”

Spud & Chloe Outer (super bulky, 65% superwash wool / 35% cotton, 60yds/skein) – 1 (2*, 2, 2) skeins
*The child size took just over 1 skein, if you’re substituting yarn.
US13/9mm circular needle(s) or DPNs – use your preferred needle for knitting in the round
Stitch marker
Yarn needle

Gauge: 8 sts = 3″ (2.67 sts = 1″)


c/o 40 (46, 50, 56) sts; join in a round, being careful not to twist. If needed, place a marker to mark the beginning of the round.
Knit 1×1 rib (K1, P1) for 1.5 (2, 3, 3)”
Knit in stockinette until hat measures 4 (6, 7, 8)” from c/o edge
Child (adult large) sizes only: On last row, K to last 2 sts, K2tog – 45 (55) sts

Adult large size only:It's Cold Outside (3)
*K9, K2tog, rep from * to end of round – 50 sts
K one round

Adult large and adult small sizes:
*K8, K2tog, rep from * to end of round – 45 sts
K one round

Adult large, adult small and child sizes:
*K7, K2tog, rep from * to end of round – 40 sts
K one round

All sizes:
*K6, K2tog, rep from * to end of round – 35 sts
K one round
*K5, K2tog, rep from * to end of round – 30 stsNo Cold Husband (1)
K one round
*K4, K2tog, rep from * to end of round – 25 sts
K one round
*K3, K2tog, rep from * to end of round – 20 sts
*K2, K2tog, rep from * to end of round – 15 sts
*K1, K2tog, rep from * to end of round – 10 sts
K2tog around – 5 sts

Cut the yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread the tail onto the yarn needle and run the tail through the live stitches on the needle(s). Remove the needle(s) and pull the tail snug before fastening off. Weave in ends.

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2 Responses to Free Pattern: It’s Cold Outside

  1. […] any rate, I’ve been hat and mitten knitting recently. As I mentioned last week, it got really cold really fast here–and my kids needed mittens and hats that were warmer […]

  2. […] First, the kids got hats. Next, they got mittens. Much needed in both cases, of course, and I was thrilled to be able to do it. But once I had them done and was about to move on to my much needed hat, my husband asked for one just like the kids’. Well, he stands in lines outside for his carpooling too and from work…so he needed one more than I did. […]