Chevron Stripes: A Pattern Update

Originally published as a free pattern on my blog in 2012, this is a pattern I really enjoy making – and hope you will too! It’s a relatively quick knit using a worsted weight yarn and I’ve just always like the look of chevron stripes.

The pattern has been refreshed and cleaned up a bit. I’ve been updating older patterns to my new pattern template as well as making changes to make the patterns easier to read.

This pattern was also due for some improvements – it was a little bit shorter than I like my hats to be and I used a slanted decrease. The pattern now uses centered decreases (center double decreases). I also  recommend more pattern repeats for a slightly longer hat length (to more fully cover your ears!).

Chevron Stripes hat modeled on a head form.

This pattern was available as a downloadable pdf on Ravelry. Like other older patterns I’ve been updating, I’m moving this one to this website and it is now only available for download here. You can download it by clicking the button at the top of the page.

If you are a Ravelry user, you may notice I added a note to the ‘Notes’ section of the pattern page sharing that the pattern is now only available here. This is part of an effort to make my patterns more accessible to all crafters.

Chevron Stripes Hat laid flat on a white shelf.

Construction: Knit in the round, this hat uses increases and decreases to create the chevron pattern. Originally published in 2021, this pattern has been updated so the finished hat is a longer length and with a slightly different decrease method.

Skill level: Intermediate

Skills needed: knitting and purling in the round, m1, and CDD

Finished size: Adult 

Circumference: 18”, stretching to fit 21” head circumference 

Height: 7 ½” 

Gauge: 19 sts x 24 rows = 4” in chevron pattern 


  • US8/ 5mm 16” circular and double-pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge 
  • 75 yards worsted weight in main color (MC – burgundy in pictured sample)
  • 45 yards worsted weight in contrasting color (CC – gray in pictured sample)
  • Stitch Marker
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle
Crown of the Chevron Stripes Hat

This hat uses a worsted weight wool-blend or acrylic yarn. This is a great pattern for experimenting with different yarns and color combinations – but I would watch your gauge when trying out different fibers. If you decide to try a cotton blend yarn, for example, you may find your gauge increases and the hat becomes too big to fit! But this is a great easy, quick pattern to play with color and fiber, so I’d love to see your knits.I u

I used a 100% acrylic yarn, Lion Brand Pound of Love for the samples pictured in this post. The Claret and Oxford Gray colorways are one of my favorite combinations (burguny + gray). But I’ve knit this hat with all kinds of yarn and color combos.

If you knit a Chevron Stripes Hat using this pattern and are on Instagram, please share it with me. I really enjoy seeing your projects. I’m @knitmckinley Instagram and I use the hashtag #knitmckinley for my projects and patterns.

Happy knitting,


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