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© 2000 by Debora J. Young. You may copy and share this pattern as long as this copyright notice remains intact. Please do not post to the internet, include on a webstie or republish without prior permission. Debora J. Young, P.O. Box 98, Forest Hill, WV 24935-0098. E-mail:

 Garter-Cuff Cap

The key to the construction of this cap, as far as sizing goes, is the cuff. These instructions are for a newborn ­ make the cuff wider and longer for larger heads. Choosing a heavier yarn and larger needles will result in a larger cap. Typically, a newborn's head circumference is 16", toddlers are about 18", older children are 20" and adults are 22".



Size: Infant

Material: Less than 50 gm. sportweight yarn (I used Wool-Ease Sport)

Needles: Size 4 (US) 16" circular and double-pointed needles

Gauge: 6st and 12 rows = 1" in garter stitch; 6 st and 8 rows = 1" in stockinette stitch

Provisionally cast on 24 stitches. Work as follows until piece measures 16".

Row 1: Knit across until last two stitches, bring yarn forward, slip 2.

Row 2: Knit.

Place cast-on stitches on a spare needle and join the first and last rows either by grafting (Kitchener stitch) or by using a three-needle bind-off.

You'll see that slipping the last two stitches of Row 1, and then knitting them on Row 2, produces a neat edge on one side of the cuff. Pick up 77 stitches around the opposite edge. Place a marker at the beginning of the round.


Working circularly, knit every round until piece measures approximately 2-1/2" from top of cuff. Place six more markers (different from your beginning of round marker) every 11 stitches around the cap.

Decrease for crown. (Change to double-pointed needles when necessary.)
Round 1: Knit 9, knit 2 together.
Round 2: Knit around.
Round 3: Knit 8, knit 2 together.
Round 4: Knit around.

Continue decreasing as above until you have 7 stitches left. Cut yarn, leaving about an 18-inch tail. Draw yarn through remaining stitches a couple of times to secure.

Using backwards loop cast on, CO 3 stitches. Work I-cord for about an inch. Fasten off yarn and draw loose end down through I-cord to inside of cap. Fold bottom of cap up about two inches, to make a deep cuff. You may want to tack the cuff down.