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Eye of Partridge Hat – Knitting Pattern

Woman wearing the Eye of Partridge hat and looking down

The Eye of Partridge Hat is a simple hat that is worked in the round and uses a combination of knit and slip stitches to create a beautiful texture. It uses a lightweight yarn, and it’s perfect for keeping you warm during those chilly fall days.
The stitch used to create the squishy texture is called ‘Eye of Partridge’ and is often used to enforce the heel of a sock. I love the subtle texture it creates and wanted to show off the stitch in a different place than the heel of a sock, which sadly not many will see.

Eye of Partridge hat laying flat with fall leaves surrounding it.
The Eye of Partridge Hat
Person wearing a knit hat sitting in front of a fire, photographed from behind
Grab a cup of tea and let’s make a hat!


One skein of Freia yarn in a blue-green ombre.
The yarn I used: “Freia Ombré” in “Aloha


25 sts / 4”


Adult (fits head circumferences between 20 – 24”)

Finished hat measurements

Unstretched: circumference: 19”


  • Sample is shown in “Freia Ombré M/S Sport (Refined) Gradient”, color “Aloha”
  • I used roughly 2/3 of a skein for the hat, so the other 1/3 is great to make a pompom!
  • The hat is worked in the round. I prefer to use circular needles (usually with the magic loop technique), but the pattern also works for double pointed needles.
  • The ribbed brim is about 1.5” tall, add or subtract rounds depending on how high you would like it to be
  • I find it helpful to use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of a round
  • The pattern uses a stitch to decrease two stitches at once. This helps to preserve the Eye of Partridge pattern. I chose the “Sl2-K1-P2sso” to do so, but feel free to use another double decrease. TinCanKnits has a great how-to explaining the Sl2-K1-P2sso
  • If you’d like to adjust the number of stitches for the cast-on, make sure it’s a multiple of two. For the decrease, place the four decrease points (Sl2-K1-P2sso) equidistant in the row – the exact placement doesn’t matter
Eye of Partridge hat on the needles and about one third done.
Hat in Progress


Cast on

Using 4mm (US 6) needles:
CO 120 sts and join to work in the round.


Rows 1 – 12: *K1, P1* around


Switch to 5mm (US 8) needles.

Row 1: *K* around
Row 2: *K1, Sl1* around
Row 3: *K* around
Row 4: *Sl1, K1* around
Rows 5 – 64: Repeat the above 4 row (or until hat – incl. brim – measures approx. 6” / 15cm)


Summary: Decrease 8sts every 2nd row

Setup: *K27, Sl2-K1-P2sso, place marker* around (112sts)
Row 1: *K1, Sl1* around
Row 2: *K until 3 sts before marker, Sl2-K1-P2sso* around (decreased 8sts)
Row 3: *Sl1, K1* around
Row 4: *K until 3 sts before marker, Sl2-K1-P2sso* around (decreased 8sts)
Repeat Rows 1 – 4 until there are 16 sts left

Cut yarn and using the darning needle, thread tail through remaining stitches. Pull tight, make a knot and weave in ends.

Optional: Add a pom-pom: use some yarn and a pom-pom maker to create a pom-pom, or buy one. With the darning needle, sew the pom-pom to the hat. Or use a snap fastener to have a removable (or interchangeable!) pom-pom.

Top of a knitted hat, a pom-pom, and scissors, and a hand holding a threaded needle.
Adding a pompom
Finished Eye of Partridge with pom-pom laying flat


CO – Cast on
K – Knit
K2Tog – Knit 2 stitches together
Sl2-K1-P2sso – Slip two knitwise, knit 1, pass 2 slipped sts over
P – Purl
Rd – Round
Sl – Slip stitch (unless indicated otherwise, always slip purlwise)
sts – stitches

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