Free Pattern – Rapunzel’s Rampion Hat

You may remember my post about the evolution of a pattern. Well, even though some patterns we toil over and toil over, sometimes they don’t make the final cut and are left on the cutting room floor, so to speak. A deleted scene, if you will.

The Rapunzel Hat is just such a project. I loved the scarf version I started with and the last version I ended up with, but certain projects had to be cut, and this is one of them.

I decided to share it here, in case anyone else found it fetching. At some point, I might post the scarf pattern, too, but for now here’s the hat.





Rapunzel’s Rampion Hat

By Genevieve Miller


“Rapunzel, Rapunzel! Let down your hair!”

Even Rapunzel has days where she doesn’t want to fuss with her hair. This pretty hat can be used to cover up bad hair days, or just to look nice. Rapunzel was named after the rampion plant, which her mother craved when she was pregnant with the dear princess. This hat is knit with a yarn the color of both the rampion leaves (the green of the ribbon) , and the deep purple of the flowers. The center lace pattern is designed after a trellis where the flowers might have grown. There is an option to add Rapunzel’s hair if you’d like to make it more costumey and fun.


Skill level – easy


S (M, L)

Finished circumference: 17 1/2 (19 1/4, 20 3/4)” (44.5 [48.9, 52.7]cm)

Finished depth: 5 1/2 (6 3/4, 7 3/4)” (14 [17, 19.7]cm)


20 stitches and 27 rows = 4” (10cm) in Stockinette stitch



2 skeins Knitpicks Swish Worsted 100% Superwash Merino, 1.8oz (50g), 123 yd (112m)   in color 454 Purple (MC)

Optional: 1 skein Knitpicks Swish Tonal Yarn 100% Superwash Merino Wool,  1.7 oz (50g), 110 yd ( 100.5 m[e1] )

Size 7 (4.5mm) 16” (40cm) circular needle

5 Size 7 (4.5mm) double-pointed needles

Tapestry needle

Crochet hook1/2″ Green satin ribbon



Using MC, cast on 88 (96, 104) stitches. Pm and join for working in the round.

Rnds 1, 3 and 5: Knit.

Rnds 2, 4 and 6: Purl.

Rnds 7 and 8: Knit.

Rnd 9: K1, *yo, k2tog, k2; repeat from * to the last 3 stitches, yo, k2tog, k1.

Work in Stockinette stitch for 1” (2.5cm).

Trellis Pattern

Rnd 1: *K2tog, yo; repeat from * around.

Rnd 2: Knit.

Rnd 3: Remove marker, k1, pm (for new beginning of round) *yo, k2tog; repeat from * around.

Rnd 4: Knit.

Repeat rnds 1-4 twice more.

Work in Stockinette stitch until hat measures 4 1/4 (5, 6)” (10.8 [12.7, 15.2]cm) from the cast-on edge.


Crown Shaping

Note: Change to double-pointed needles as needed.

Rnd 1: *Ssk, k7 (8, 9), k2tog, pm; repeat from * around – 72 (80, 88) stitches.

Rnd 2 and all even rnds:  Knit.

Rnd 3: *Ssk, k5 (6 , 7);, repeat from *around – 56 (64, 72) stitches.

Round 4: Knit

Round 5: *Ssk, k3 (4, 5);, repeat from * around – 40 (48, 56) stitches.

Round 6: Knit

Round 7 *Ssk, k1 (2, 3);, repeat from * around – 24 (32, 40) stitches.

Round 8: Knit

Size S only: *Sk2p; repeat from * around – 8 stitches.

Cut yarn, thread tail through remaining stitches, and secure.

Size M only: *Ssk, k2tog; repeat from * around – 16 stitches. Then [k2tog] 8 times – 8 stitches. Cut yarn, thread tail through remaining stitches, and secure.

Size L only: *Ssk, k1, k2tog; repeat from * around – 24 stitches. Then [sk2p] 8 times – 8 stitches. Cut yarn, thread tail through remaining stitches and secure.

Weave in all ends.

Cut a length of green ribbon to fit around head and make a bow. Weave ribbon  through  eyelets (rnd 9 of brim) and tie on the side.

**Optional Braids (make 2)

Cut several lengths of  yarn 36” (91.5cm) long. Separate in three sections and braid. Sew or pin onto the sides of the hat.

I hope you enjoy this pattern while you’re waiting for “Once Upon A Knit” to be released in February. I’ll continue to post updates and if/when there are any events coming up, I’ll be posting those, too!




Updates and Whatnot

Hi folks!

Just wanted to give a little update, since it’s been awhile. Since the last post, we have an official cover – front and back!


Mill_9780385344944_jkt_7.15 (1) copy

I’m so happy with how this turned out!!

The other news is I’m working on editing the second dummy. Mostly just reviewing the edits we’ve already made. The cover and art goes to the printer this week!

I know that February seems light years away, but hopefully it’ll fly by!

Also, if you’re buying copies of Vampire Knits and find that you’ve got one of the misprinted copies, please call Random House at 1-800-793-2665 and let them know – they should replace the book for you.