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Go Team! – Free Pattern

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

The story on the Go Team! hat is kind of a good one. My older daughter, Peachy, is on the high school swim team for the first time as she is a freshman this year. We have had boys on the team at the high school but this is the first time we have had a girl swimming. The girls team is a lot different than the boys team as you might expect. The girls swim team assigns each swimmer a sister. The sisters are required to make inspirational signs and to give gifts throughout the season to each other. This is not something the boys partake in so it took some getting used to.

As the season progresses the gifts are to become increasingly nice so I planned on knitting a hat for my daughter’s sister toward the end of the season. I was a little unsure of how it would be received because, well, you never know. Much to my delight the reaction to the Go Team! hat has been absolutely incredible! The sister could not have been more excited about her team-inspired hat. I received emails from both the swimmer AND her mother telling me how the swimmer had yet to take the hat off her head and it had been days since she received it. She told my daughter the hat is the best thing to ever be on her head. When she opened the gift the team gathered around her in the locker room and went crazy about the hat. The sister has not stopped wearing her Go Team! hat ever since.

The conclusion is that the Go Team! hat is a hit! I felt really good about it because my daughter felt really good about it. I guess a new tradition has begun. Each year I will make a Go Team! hat for my daughter’s swimming sister and hopefully it will be as well-received as this first one has been.

At first I wasn’t even planning on writing up this pattern but after I saw the reaction to the hat by the team I thought you might like to have this pattern for your fans and athletes, too.

One quick note on the pattern, the hat is a take-off on the basic hat from the Heart on a String pattern. I started with this basic hat pattern because I wanted something super fast on big needles AND Sweater has the perfect assortment of colorways for many, many different teams. Click here to see all of your color choices in Sweater. Next, I added the stripes, earflaps, edging and ties to create this new and revamped version of the Heart on a String hat.

The sample is made in the largest size to fit a 20 to 22 inch head circumference.

Here is some information you might like to know:


Sizes: toddler (child, adult)

Finished hat circumference to fit head sizes: 16-18 (18-20, 20-22) inches

Note: The hat is stretchy and is designed to fit snuggly on the head.

Safety note: Ties are not recommended for babies and young children as they could pose a choking hazard.

Yarn: Sample worked in Spud & Chloë Sweater (55% superwash wool, 45% organic cotton; 100 grams/160 yards), 1 (1, 2) skein(s) in Turtle #7514 and 1 skein Ice Cream #7500

*Note that the yarn is held double for the hat, earflaps, edging and i-cord ties.

Needles: US size 11 sixteen inch circular and a set of 4 double-pointed needles for the hat OR size to obtain gauge

Gauge: 3 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch with Sweater worked with 2 strands together


Have fun making this quick and simple hat for your favorite teams this season. This project is a quick one and you can finish it in the blink of an eye.

Click here to download the free pattern for Go Team!

Click here for the Ravelry project page for the Go Team! Hat!

60 Responses to “Go Team! – Free Pattern”

  1. November 9, 2010 at 11:14 am Patricia says:

    So cozy and fun! Thanks Susan for never letting my knitting needles rest! :)

    • November 9, 2010 at 11:15 am Patricia says:

      Do you think it would work up just as well in Outer?

      • November 9, 2010 at 11:17 am sanderson says:

        Absolutely! 3 stitches per inch is the important part. Also, the Outer has much less yardage so you will need 2 or 3 skeins depending on the size.

  2. November 9, 2010 at 11:53 am Barb Yerke says:

    Love the hat. I am going to make it this weekend.
    I just made a “flap hat” that turned out so big, I could wear a football helmet and the hat would fit perfectly over it. I felted it, but, it didn’t shrink much. I am going to try and wash it again.

  3. November 9, 2010 at 12:39 pm Breean Elyse says:

    Love the poms! An ear flap hat is definitely in my queue this winter.

  4. November 9, 2010 at 1:05 pm Sara in WI says:

    It is really adorable! I love the Swimming sisters idea, too.

  5. November 9, 2010 at 2:36 pm Megan says:

    I just noticed this “witchy hat” lights around your mirror. How perfect for a hat knitter!!
    Super cute team hat~ love the sister idea!

  6. November 10, 2010 at 8:33 am Kimberly says:

    Love it!

  7. November 10, 2010 at 11:03 pm Patti says:

    I was looking for an earflap hat to knit for my grandkids and this popped into my mailbox. Perfect timing!

  8. November 11, 2010 at 12:02 am Lucy says:

    Everything you create would be a hit! How could you expect otherwise?

  9. November 13, 2010 at 11:21 pm Lorie says:

    just made the toddler size hat-so cute and quick-wondering about
    earflap directions for smaller size? seems like they would be smaller etc.

    • November 14, 2010 at 8:25 am sanderson says:

      If you are concerned, pick up 10 stitches, work until there are 4 ridges and then decrease to 4 stitches. That would make them a bit smaller. Also you could measure back three inches or 3.5 inches from the front for placement.

      I thought the original flaps would be okay and that’s why I didn’t write for a smaller size. Let me know how it works.

  10. November 15, 2010 at 9:55 pm Lorie says:

    thanks for your reply. I went ahead with the 12 stitches and did 4 ridges, decreasing to 6 and bound off. Looks proportional and super cute. Thanks for the pattern!

    • November 15, 2010 at 10:17 pm sanderson says:

      Good. I am glad the 12 stitches worked. I thought it would.

  11. December 1, 2010 at 6:21 am addie says:

    As a knitter, I am so happy for you that the gift was recieved so wonderfully (because as you say, you never know), this hat certainly deserves to be loved, what a gift!!

    As a swimmer, I have to say, good for you to have such marvelous children. I mean swimmers…that is the best! lol

  12. December 22, 2010 at 4:37 pm denise says:

    Beautiful hat. All the girls will want to be your daughter’s sister swimmer.

    Is that candy corn in the bowl? hmmmm, love candy corn.

  13. January 18, 2011 at 12:53 pm viz says:

    I am new to knitting and have done a couple of projects (a poncho and a scarf). I want to try my hand at hats. I loved this pattern and want to have a go at it.

    I am stumbled at the “yarn is held double” part.
    What does that mean? Do I work with two strands instead of one.


    • January 18, 2011 at 1:22 pm sanderson says:

      Yes, work with two strands held together instead of one.

      • January 19, 2011 at 2:53 pm viz says:

        How does that work further down.
        Do I treat each double st as one or are they two st?
        I hope I am making sense :)

        • January 19, 2011 at 2:55 pm sanderson says:

          When you hold two strands together and work as one strand, it counts as one stitch.

          • January 19, 2011 at 5:15 pm viz says:

            Thanks for the clarification.
            I’m going to give it a shot.

  14. April 9, 2011 at 7:28 am Sharon says:

    Do you have a list of knitting abbreviations available for your OINK pattern? Which M1 (make 1) did you do, as the Vogue guide to knitting has several versions??? Thanks

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