Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Free Pattern- Worry Hat

So, I'm kind of a webcomic nerd. (It's funny, since I barely ever read REAL comics, but there you have it.) I've been a long time fan of Questionable Content. So as soon as the Worry Hat made an appearance, I knew I was going to need to knit one, one of these days. And I finally did!!



For giggles, I wrote up the pattern for other QC fans. Please note that this pattern has not been professionally tech edited or test knit (unlike my srs-biznus for-sale patterns) so it's possible it's not perfect- let me know if you have any trouble and I'll fix it right up :-)

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky in 17025 (light blue), two skeins, and 17002 (white), one skein
Needles: US size 8, 16" circular needle and DPNs
Gauge: 17 stitches and 26 rows in 4"
Tools: stitch marker, darning needle, pom pom maker
Skills: knitting in the round, decreasing, picking up stitches

Co 88 stitches, place marker, join in the round
Work 1 round 1x1 rib (k1, p1 all the way around)
Work in stockinette (knit all stitches) until the piece is 5 inches long (or slightly longer if you want it slouchier)

1. (k9, k2tog) repeat around
2 and all even rows up to 12. k all
3. (k8, k2tog) repeat around
5. (k7, k2tog) repeat around
7. (k6, k2tog) repeat around
9. (k5, k2tog) repeat around
11. (k4, k2tog) repeat around
13. (k3, k2tog) repeat around
14. (k2, k2tog) repeat around
15. (k1, k2tog) repeat around
16. k2tog around

Cut yarn and draw through remaining stitches on needle. Pull tight and weave in ends.

(By the way: I chose to do these as afterthought earflaps in order to maintain the seam line that you see in the original comic. There are more seamless ways to do earflaps. And yes, the plain stockinette does curl- though with some heat, you can "kill" the microfiber content in the Cashmerino, which will help flatten it out. In the picture, I've just wet blocked. In order to do an earflap that wouldn't curl, I would've had to make it look less true to the original, or make it double-thick and very heavy, so I didn't. Feel free to improvise if you'd prefer a less curly flap!)

Put the hat on your head with the join in the back and figure out about where you want the first ear flap (hint: over your ear.) Take the hat off. Pick up 16 stitches in the earflap area. Work in stockinette for 23 rows (note that you're now working flat, so that means you'll be alternating knit and purl rows to work stockinette. You'll want to start with a purl row after picking up the stitches.)
On the next row (a right-side, knit row):
1. k2, ssk, knit to the last 3 stitches, k2tog, k2
2. p all
3. k2, ssk, knit to the last 3 stitches, k2tog, k2
Bind off.

Repeat for second earflap- make sure to try the hat on to determine where you want the second earflap, since it's usually not a good idea to make it on the direct opposite side from the first. Earflaps will sit better if they're towards the back of the head a bit. Weave in all the ends and make a white pom pom for the top. Now put it on and shout "WORRY HAT ENGAGE!" Feel better?

CO- cast on
k- knit
p - purl
k2tog- knit two stitches together
ssk - slip one stitch knitwise, slip another knitwise, move them both back to the left needle and then knit them together through the back loop


(It's a good thing I'm not an actor... my "worry face" looks a lot like my "abject horror" face. Which isn't as bad as my dog eating face. )

Fine print:
This pattern and all photographs are copyright Alexandra Tinsley, 2011. Please don't reproduce or distribute this pattern in any way, besides printing out a copy for personal use. If you wish to share this pattern on your blog, feel free to use a photo with credit and link back to the pattern here- please don't copy and paste the whole thing :-) This pattern is intended for non-commercial use only.

The Questionable Content comic, website, and the Worry Hat concept all belong to Jeph Jacques.


  1. Hannelore hat! I thought about trying to make a pattern for one, but my innate laziness won out. Good work!

  2. aaannnd now I will be spending the rest of my day reading this comic. Maybe I'll knit the hat too. :)

  3. Yeah it's dangerous. When I went back to find the Worry Hat post awhile ago I ended up rereading almost half of it.

  4. So I've been a lurker on your blog for some time now but this post has forced me to step up and thank you for this pattern. I love QC and your blog! Thanks! :)

  5. I LOVE THIS! What a good idea!

  6. I don't think I'll ever knit the hat, but thank you very much for the link to a very nice webcomic! I've been spending some quality reading time in the archives, and there is lots left before I'm up to date. That's a great thing, so again, thank you :D

  7. I went to Dragon*Con last night and saw a lot of people wearing a version of this hat. Some looked like they were your pattern. It made me think of you and your blog.

  8. Is it your stash behind you? Awsome!
    Cheers from Italy!


  10. Wow! How did you keep the ends from curling when using the stockinette stitch? I've used the one row of ribbing before and it didn't work out so well. This is wonderful!

    1. It does curl a bit :-/ I think it's unavoidable. This yarn blocks pretty well though- it has a little bit of synthetic content so you can use heat to "kill" it a bit.


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