In celebration of reaching the halfway point for my One Hundred Hats challenge, I wrote up this quick hat pattern. Here in Omaha, we refer to our city as “The Big O” and our city symbol is a giant red letter O. It was a no-brainer for me to turn this symbol into a pattern that could represent our city with pride!


One skein Patons Classic Wool in white
Remnant of Patons Classic Wool in contrasting color (I've used red)
One set size US 8 / 5.00 mm bamboo 16” circular needles
One set size US 8 / 5.00 mm bamboo DPNs
Darning needle
four stitch markers, one in a contrasting color


20 sts x 26 rows = 4” in stockinette


BO = bind off
CO = cast on
K = knit
K2Tog = knit two stitches together
MC = main color
P = purl
PM = place marker
SC = secondary color
SSK = slip, slip, knit
STS = stitches



Using size 8 needles and MC, CO 84 sts.
Work in 2x2 ribbing for 2”.

Knit in stockinette stitch for five rows.

Work chart in the round one time.

Working with MC, knit until hat measures 5” from edge of ribbing.

Set up for decreases as follows:
Knit 21, pm, knit 21, pm, knit 21, pm, knit 21.


Row 1: * k2tog, knit to 2 before marker, ssk* (repeat around)
Row 2 (and all even rows): knit all stitches.

Repeat these two rows until there are 13 stitches between markers. Then repeat row 2 only until there are 3 stitches between markers, switching to DPNs when needed.

Break yarn, leaving a 12” tail, and bind off all stitches.
Weave in all ends.
Fold up brim and rock your Big O Hat!