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Color Quadrant Cap

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Color Quadrant Cap is an intarsia hat that uses four colors. The hat is knit flat and seamed. It is a 2x2 ribbed beanie that can be knit short and fitted, or long and slouchy. This is a great first intarsia pattern and an awesome scrap buster project. Video tutorials are included with the pattern to help introduce you to intarsia techniques. Use #ColorQuadrantCap on Instagram and tag me @jamesnwatts

22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in 2x2 ribbing on US 6 (4mm) needle


Due to the negative ease in this pattern and the stretchy nature of ribbing, Color Quadrant Cap will fit both children and adults. You can easily customize this hat to your desired depth by simply knitting shorter or longer before beginning the decreases, instructions are provided for a very short fitted style to be worn above the ears as well as a longer slouchy style. The finished circumference is 17 inches around.

Four different colors of:
Fingering weight held double
or DK weight held single
or worsted weight held single

you can also use a mixture of the above yarn weights between your four colors. This is a great stash buster project. You only need 60-85 grams of yarn to knit this hat, so that’s 15-22 grams of each color. My short sample used 60 grams, and my slouchy sample used 75 grams.

If using fingering weight doubled you will need 60-85 yards for one quadrant, if using Dk or Worsted, you will need 30-43 yards for one quadrant.


  • US 6(4mm) knitting needles—or size needed to get gauge
  • Darning needle for mattress stitch and weaving in ends.
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