Bashful Knit Lace Hat

Don’t be bashful, grab your needles and yarn and make a hat for yourself! The Bashful Knit Lace Hat pattern is the perfect balance of sophistication and style.

Bashful Knit Lace Hat

This is an updated version of an original Marly Bird design. The yarn has since been discontinued but the pattern is everlasting. I just love this hat because of the shine and the drape. The coupling of baby cables and simple lace really makes this pattern stand out.

It is easy enough for advanced beginners to try out as long as you are comfortable with charts. The entire pattern on the body is a chart.

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Bashful Knit Lace Hat
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Finished Measurements: approx 16 (18, 20) circumference shown in 20”

Gauge:  15 sts = 2.5” in Lace pat before blocking slightly stretched. 15 sts = 3″ in Lace pat after blocking. Take time to save time, check your gauge. 20 sts and 28 rnds = 4” in Rib pat relaxed 


Yarn: DK or Light worsted weight yarn. Sample was made in a yarn that has since been discontinued–> Universal Yarns “Eden Silk”, 75% merino wool/25% silk; 153 yards [140 m]; 1.75 oz [50g] CYCA size 3 light: 1 (1, 2) balls 02 blush 

⭐️The original yarn had a hint of silk which gave it a nice shine and drape. Choose a yarn that will do the same for you.⭐️

Needles: size 6 (4 mm) 16” circular needles, size 8 (5 mm) 16” circular needles and set of 5 dpn’s or size to obtain gauge. 

Notions: Stitch Marker (make your own), Tapestry needle to bury the ends (learn how here)


  • approx – approximately 
  • BC – see Special Stitches 
  • CO – cast on 
  • cont – continue 
  • dpn(s) – double pointed needle(s) 
  • k – knit 
  • k2tog – see Special Stitches 
  • kfb –see Special Stitches 
  • meas – measures 
  • p – purl 
  • p2tog – see Special Stitches 
  • pat – pattern 
  • pc – piece 
  • PM –place marker 
  • rem – remain(ning) 
  • rep(s) – repeat(s) 
  • rnd(s) – round(s) 
  • RS – right side 
  • s2kp – see Special Stitches 
  • s3k2tog – see Special Stitches 
  • ssk – see Special Stitches 
  • st(s) – stitch(es) 
  • yo – see Special Stitches 


 BC: (baby cable) Knit 2 sts together, leaving sts on lhn, then knit into the first st again, slip both sts off lhn.

k2tog: Knit 2 sts together (1 st decreased).

s2kp: Slip 2 sts knitwise, from the lhn to the rhn, k1, pass the 2 slipped sts over the k st (2 sts decreased). This is also called a center double decrease.

s3k2tog: Slip 3 sts knitwise, from lhn to rhn, k2tog, pass the 3 slipped sts over the k2tog st (4 sts decreased).

kfb (knit front and back): Knit into the front loop, then the back loop of next st (1 st increased).

p2tog: Purl 2 sts together (1 st decreased).

ssk (slip, slip, knit): Slip 2 sts, 1 at a time, knitwise to rhn; return sts to lhn in turned position and knit them together through the back loops (1 st decreased).

yo: Yarn over (1 st increased). 


If you want to be sure you have a safety net as you knit, adding a lifeline to your project every so often will be helpful. Just to make sure you have a point to rip back to if something goes wrong. (video help)

The original yarn had a hint of silk which gave it a nice shine and drape. Choose a yarn that will do the same for you.

To get the full effect of lace stitches it is very important that you wash and block your piece when finished to let those yarn overs open up.

Bashful Knit Lace Hat



Using smaller 16” circulars, CO 80 (90, 100) sts, PM, join and begin to work in the rnd. Be careful not to twist cast on row. Begin 1×1 Rib; work even until pc meas approx 1 ½”. 


Rnd1: *K1, p1, [kfb] twice; rep from * to end of rnd— 120 (135, 150) sts; 8 (9, 10) lace pat reps. 

Rnd 2: *K1, p1; rep from * to end of rnd. 

Change to larger 16″ circulars, beginning with rnd 1 of Lace Pat chart and cont in patt until 3 (3, 4) reps completed, work rnds 1 – 4 once more. 


Shape crown as follows, and change to dpn’s when necessary. 

Rnd 1: *P1, BC, p1, ssk, yo, k2, s2kp, k2, yo, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd—104 (117, 130) sts. Rnd 2: *P1, k2, p1, k9; rep from * to end of rnd. Rnd 3: *P1, BC, p1, ssk, yo, k1, s2kp, 

k1, yo, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd—88 (99, 110) sts. 

Rnd 4: *P1, k2, p1, k7; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 5: *P1, BC, p1, ssk, yo, s2kp, yo, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd— 72 (81, 90) sts.

Rnd 6: *P1, k2, p1, k5, rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 7: *P1, BC, p1, s3k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd—40 (45, 50) sts.

Rnd 8: *P1, k2, p1, k1; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 9: *P2tog twice, k1; rep from * to end of rnd—24 (27, 30) sts.

Rnd 10: *P2, k1; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 11: *P2tog, k1; rep from * to end of rnd—16 (18, 20) sts.

Rnd 12: *P1, k1; rep from * to end of rnd. 


Break yarn leaving a 12″ tail, and with a tapestry needle thread through rem sts as if to knit. Weave in all ends. Wash and block piece to size. 

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