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Camp Hoodie Swatch Hat – Free Pattern!

Pattern note: The hat uses only 3 repeats of the checker rounds for all sizes and the Camp Hoodie Vest uses all four repeats of the checker pattern.

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

The Camp Hoodie Swatch Hat is here! I whipped up this quick little hat to check out my gauge and to test out the simple fair isle and embroidery pattern before I dove into the original Camp Hoodie. The small hat is perfect because you are checking your gauge while you are working in the round and with just a little extra effort you will have a wonderful hat to show for your swatching. It’s a win-win!

There are two video tutorials available for the fair isle section (click here) and for the embroidery (click here).

Here is some information you might like to know:


Sizes: newborn (baby, toddler, child, teen, adult)

Finished sizes in inches (numbers have been rounded): 12 (14, 16, 18, 20, 21) inches

Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater (55% superwash wool, 45% organic cotton; 100 grams/160 yards), 1 skein each in Toast #7506 (MC), Moonlight #7507 (A), Ice Cream #7500 (B), Grass #7502 (C), Firecracker #7509 (D)

Needles: US size 8 sixteen-inch circular and a set of 4 double-pointed needles or the size to obtain gauge.

*note: For the newborn size you may have to use a 12-inch circular or use double-pointed needles for the entire hat. I can fit the 56 stitches on 16-inch needles but it is very tight for the first inch or so and then eases up.

Gauge: 4 ½ stitches per inch in stockinette stitch


I hope you enjoy the Camp Hoodie Swatch Hat.

Tomorrow, January 19th, 2011, we start the Camp Hoodie Knitalong. I hope you’ll join us if you are able.

See you tomorrow for the kick-off!

Click here to download the free pattern for the Camp Hoodie Swatch Hat!

Click here for the Ravelry page for the Camp Hoodie Swatch Hat!

21 Responses to “Camp Hoodie Swatch Hat – Free Pattern!”

  1. January 18, 2011 at 2:30 pm Terrie says:

    This is such an adorable hat! Thank you for sharing the pattern :)

    • January 18, 2011 at 2:39 pm sanderson says:

      you’re welcome:) have fun.

  2. January 18, 2011 at 3:23 pm Suzanne says:

    I have recently heard that I should knit hats to check my gauge swatches which was indeed a novel concept to me though it seems like well known information in the knitting world. Here’s a question though: Does it matter if the hat is knit in the round for a flat knit or vice versa?

    • January 19, 2011 at 7:54 am sanderson says:

      My gauge stays the same with knitting in the round or back and forth but it varies for others. You’ll have to try both ways to see if your gauge varies.

  3. January 19, 2011 at 1:48 am Cate says:

    Adorable! Thank you!

  4. January 19, 2011 at 9:17 am Allegra says:

    Oh this is wonderful! I have not attempted fair isle yet, so this would be a great first project. Thank you!

  5. January 19, 2011 at 11:02 am Laura says:

    Hi Susan, thanks for this pattern, I love the idea of “swatching with a prize at the end” :-) If I do an adult hat, do I need to order extra skeins above the # I ordered for the sweater vest??

    • January 19, 2011 at 11:06 am sanderson says:

      I would order an extra hank to be safe but only for the main color.

      • January 19, 2011 at 11:15 am Laura says:

        THanks,one more question…are you going to post the new fair-isle pattern you used for the root beer vest? I would like to use it for the hat also for 2 resons; accurate gauge and even more importantly to have a matching hat :-) . I ordered the book super stitches, but it won’t arrive for a few more days :-(
        Thanks, again!

        • January 19, 2011 at 11:34 am sanderson says:

          As in the last post, I will not be posting the chart for the fair isle pattern I used in the recent version of the vest. You are going to love the book!!!

  6. January 19, 2011 at 11:30 am Rachel says:

    I’ll be finishing up hoodie #2 and maybe casting on for #3–hoping I can keep up this time! Looking forward to feeling the creative edge with everyone–yay SUSAN!!!

    • January 19, 2011 at 11:34 am sanderson says:

      Yay for Rachel!!!

  7. January 21, 2011 at 12:55 am Rena says:

    This is an extremely cute hat and a great way to practice fair isle. I have to yet to do any kind of color work in my projects and I can not wait to try it out! Thank you for making your hard work available to us! I also love turtles and have to say that the little turtle in the corner of your pictures is super cute!! :)

  8. January 30, 2011 at 9:50 pm Carrie at In the Hammock Vintage says:

    Wow, this hat is too adorable!! Thank you so much for the pattern!!

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