Eirisgeigh Hat Pattern

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Inspired by traditional Eriskay gansays, the design for this cosy hat is rooted in the seafaring traditions of this maritime community. Embodying both fishing and spiritual symbolism, the pattern features the Fishing Net & Tree of Life motifs.


Taking inspiration from the same traditional Eriskay gansey-inspired motifs as our EIRISGEIGH cowl, this pattern offers two sizing and two styling options, to be worked as a cosy beanie hat to protect your ears from the wild, Hebridean gales, or a shorter melon cap for those who prefer an edgier, more urban style to their headwear.

Shown here in Sian dk (dark grey) and Solas dk (white), but any of our DK range would be suitable for this pattern.


100g skein of any Uist Wool DK yarn - a self-coloured yarn in a light shade will show off the pattern to best effect.


3.5mm circular needle 40cm long

3.5mm short double pointed needles (DPNs) OR a second circular needle (for your preferred method of working in the round in a small diameter).

Stitch marker

Yarn needle


Approximately 24 stitches and 18 rows per 10cm on 3.5mm needle over pattern

Sizing (approximate, after blocking)

Beanie hat:

Medium: 52cm circumference, 20cm length crown to brim

Large: 56cm circumference, 20cm length crown to brim

Melon cap:

Medium: 52cm circumference, 17cm length crown to brim

Large: 56cm circumference, 17cm length crown to brim


Cast-on; working in the round; knit; purl; centred double decrease; knit two together.