I have this same challenge yearly: I go to knit hats for the family, and my husband turns crazy picky. He likes many of the hats I’ve knit him, but he expresses annoyance with the brim, believing that a brim that isn’t long and that doesn’t turn up does not a man hat make. I look over hats and he sits by and tells me what’s wrong with them. I love knitting hats, and I love a lot of patterns that he looks at once and then says, “Ehhhhh,” to.

I am frankly, sick of this. I want to knit him a hat that he loves and wears all the time without hearing about how the brim makes it less than perfect. I wanted to knit something where he’d say, “PERFECT!” This year I decided to make some hats that incorporated all of the elements of the essential man hat as described by my husband, with a caveat that it couldn’t bore me silly to knit it. The end result of this experiment is Horatio, a nautical looking watch cap that works equally well for a man or a woman. (I stole one of my sons’ hats briefly and loved how it looked on me.)

newborn, 3-6 months, 6-12 months, child, adult S/M, adult L

A note about sizes:
Children’s heads are often bigger than one might think, and the adult S/M will fit many children. Roughly speaking, the sizes correspond to the following head circumferences.

newborn: 13-14”, 3-6 months: 14-17”, 6-12 months: 16-19”, child: 18-20.5”, adult S/M: 20.5-22”, adult L: 22.5-24”


  • 50 (75, 85, 100, 135, 165) yards worsted weight yarn (wool is suggested); shown in Malabrigo Merino Worsted, Forest colorway (green hat) and Classic Elite Princess, Regal Teal colorway (blue hat)
  • U.S. size 4 (3.5 mm) 16” circular needle
  • U.S. size 7 (4.5 mm) 16” circular needle
  • 1 set U.S. size 7 (4.5 mm) double pointed needles OR long circular needle for Magic Loop
  • tapestry needle
  • stitch marker for start of round

19 sts/29 rows= 4 inches in Semaphore Stitch on size 7 needles

Tech edited by Lauren Cross

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P.S.  Two little ironies: One, the blue hat in the photo is no more, as my young model lost it on his first day of wearing it. Two, after all that input, my husband is the only male person in my immediate family without one of these hats! He decided he wanted stripes instead of texture. Go figure!

6 Responses to “Horatio”

  1. Cate Says:

    Oh, I love this hat–for girls or boys!! It’s gorgeous.

  2. Emily Says:

    I just LOVE that photo of your son in the hat. Did you have it printed out for your wallet/fridge/bedside table? Well done.

    And oh, the hat is lovely too, of course! Very handsome.

  3. MrKninja Says:

    Whoah whoah whoah, I STILL want a Horatio of my own. I just ALSO wanted a nice striped yellow hat. I love my striped one, and am looking forward to when you have time to knit me my own Horatio. It’s a gorgeous design, that I’ve been waiting for for a looong time.

  4. kiwiyarns Says:

    Lovely, lovely, hat. I think Mr Kninja should be very happy (if he knows what’s good for him) when he gets his own to wear.

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