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Triple Play Hat

The Triple Play Hat is a tweedy concoction of 3 colors of Blue Sky Alpaca’s Sport Weight or Melange yarns. These 100% baby alpaca yarns keep the cold out and won’t make your forehead itch.

The Triple Play Hat - grays
Shown in Natural Dark Gray, Natural Medium Gray, and Natural Light Gray

With Blue Sky’s extensive palette, you can create subtle combinations like ours in grays or browns (see below), or go wild with turquoise, fuchsia or vivid lilac.

Here’s how it’s made –

TRIPLE PLAY HAT (download pattern as pdf file)

Adult Medium (Adult Large)

Circumference unstretched – 17 (19.5) inches

Blue Sky Alpaca Sport Weight or Melange yarn
3 hanks, yarn held tripled throughout
16 inch US #10.5/6.5 mm circular needle
1 set of 5 DPNs size US #10.5/6.5 mm

13 sts = 4 inches in stockinette stitch


Part of the fun of the Triple Play Hat is choosing your colors. Use 3 different colors – either very similar of wildly different – or use 2 strands of 1 color and 1 strand of an accent color. If you like the softness and warmth of the tripled Sport Weight, but want a more conservative look, then use 3 strands of the same color.


With yarn held tripled, CO 60 (64) stitches. Place marker and join in the round.

*K2, p2; repeat from * to end of round. Continue for 3 inches.

For smaller size –
*K13, k2tog; repeat from * to end. (56 sts).

For both sizes –
Knit all rounds for 3 inches.


Row 1 *K5 (K6), k2tog; repeat from * to end.

Row 2 Knit every stitch.

Row 3 *K4 (K5), k2tog; repeat from * to end.

Row 4 Knit every stitch.

Row 5 *K3 (K4), k2tog; repeat from * to end.

Row 6 Knit every stitch.

Row 7 *K2 (K3), k2tog; repeat from * to end.

Row 8 Knit every stitch.

Row 9 *K1 (K2), k2tog; repeat from * to end.

Row 10 Knit every stitch.

For smaller size –
Row 11 * K2tog; repeat from * to end.

For larger size –
Row 11 * K1, K2tog; repeat from * to end.

Row 12 Knit every stitch.

Row 13 * K2tog; repeat from * to end.

Cut yarn leaving 8 inch tail. Using a tapestry needle, pull tail through remaining stitches, and to inside. Weave in ends.

The Triple Play Hat - browns
Shown in Natural Dark Brown, Natural Copper, and Natural Medium Tan


10 thoughts on “Triple Play Hat

  1. beautiful hats, love the colors.

  2. Thanks, Sacie! Blue Sky’s colors really give you a lot of possibilities.

  3. Thank you for the pattern. I have gotten so many compliments on the hat.

  4. The download links are no longer working. 🙁

  5. Thanks for letting me know, Cindy! It’s back.

  6. So, I think I’m just an idiot. I’ve tried to make this hat twice, to no avail, and everyone else calls it easy. 🙂 One section of the pattern, in the way in which it is formatted, is confusing me.

    The instructions for the band are very clear. Fab. I always do that correctly.

    Then, the crown section is mentioned, and I’m completely confused. It says:
    For smaller size –
    *K13, k2tog; repeat from * to end. (56 sts).

    For both sizes –
    Knit all rounds for 3 inches.
    There are no instructions for what to do for the larger size. It’s also unclear what “all rounds” refers to: Does it refer to the *K13, k2tog…” etc. line above? Or to all subsequent rounds? But that wouldn’t make sense, because all of the subsequent rounds have very clear row numbers. 🙂

    All of this a long way of saying: What exactly should one do for the crown? For how many rows, exactly? Is the *k13, k2tog…” row only supposed to be done once? For three inches? (I tried that tonight and it didn’t turn out well).

    I LOVE this pattern and would LOVE to be able to make it for my husband, dad and brother for Christmas. Thank you for posting it and putting up with comments from confused people like me. 🙂

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  8. I would really like to try your Triple Play hat pattern,but I have the same questions about the pattern as did Zoe, 10/25/09 did (see emails on your web site). Please advise as to how to proceed for the large size. Thanks.

  9. I love this hat and would really like if it would fit. I have tried to knit this twice thinking I did a mistake the first time. It’s way to small. I have the same questions as Emily and Zoe.

  10. I’m sorry you’re having trouble getting the hat to fit. I’m sure we can get there though!

    Where the directions say –

    For smaller size –
    *K13, k2tog; repeat from * to end. (56 sts).

    you work that row only if you’re knitting the small size and then you knit for 3 inches.

    If you’re making the large size, you skip that round and just knit for 3 inches.

    If you’re hat isn’t large enough, first double-check your gauge. If it matches the pattern – 13 stitches to 4 inches – then you can make a bigger hat by adding a multiple of 8 stitches. Every 8 stitches you add will make the hat 2.5 inches bigger.

    Hope that helps!

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