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Newsboy Peak Cap

This free knitting pattern shows you how to knit a Newsboy peak cap hat. It is shown below in its original vintage pattern as well as its new modern conversion (scroll below) that has been submitted by a user Kelsey Anderson.

Newsboy Peak Cap

What you need

2 x balls of Patons "Chunky" wool
1 pair of 6 US (8 UK) (4mm metric)needles
1 pair of 2 US (11 UK) (3mm metric) needles

Stiffening for peak
1 darning needle






Instructions

— ORIGINAL VINTAGE PATTERN —

TENSION -15 sts. to 10 cm

Using No. 11 (8mm) Needles, cast on 67 sts.

1st row- K.2, * P.1, K.1, rep. from * to last st., K.1.

2nd row-K.1, * P.1, K.1, rep. from * to end.

Rep. 1st and 2nd rows twice, then 1st row once

8th row-Rib 2, * inc. in next st., rib 4. rep. from * to end … 80 sts.

Change to No. 8 (4mm) Needles

1st row- P.3, * y.o.n.. K.3. sl.1. K.2 tog., p.s.s.o. K.3, y.r.n.. P.4. rep. from * ending last rep. P.3
2nd and alt. rows-K.3. * P.9. K 4. rep. from * ending last rep. K.3.
3rd row – P.3. * K.1. y.fwd . K.2, sl.1. K.2 tog., p.s.s.o..
K.2. y.fwd . K.1, P.4. rep. from * ending last rep. P.3.

5th row- P.3, * K.2, y.fwd.. K.1, sl.1, K.2 tog., p.s.s.o.,
K.1. y.fwd.. K.2. P.4, rep. from * ending last rep. P.3.

7th row- P.3, * K.3. y.fwd., sl.1, K.2 tog., p.s.s.o., y.fwd.,
K.3, P.4, rep. from * ending last rep. P.3.

8th row- As 2nd row.
Rep. rows 1 to 8 incl. twice, then 1st and 2nd rows
once.

Shape crown

1st row-P.2 tog., * P.1, patt. 9, P.1, P.2 tog., rep. from * to end.

2nd row-K.2, * P.9, K.3, rep. from * ending last rep. K.2.

3rd row- P.2. * patt. 9, P.2 tog., P.1, rep. from * to last 11 sts., patt. 9, P.2.

4th row- K.2, * P.9, K.2, rep. from * to end.

5th row- P.2 tog., * patt. 9, P.2 tog., rep. from * to end.

6th row- K.1, * P.9, K.1, rep. from * to end.

7th row- P.1, * (K.3 tog.) 3 times, P.1, rep. from * to end.

8th row- (P.2 tog.) 12 times, P.1.

Break off yarn, run end through rem. sts., draw up and fasten off securely.

PEAK

Using No. 11 (8mm) Needles, cast on 47 sts.
Work 2 rows rib as for Cap.

Shape front (NOTE : When turning, bring yarn to front of work, slip next st. on to right-hand needle, take yarn to back, slip st. back on to left-hand needle, then turn and proceed as instructed. This avoids holes).

1st row- Work 2 tog., rib 16, turn.
2nd, 4th and 6th rows – Rib to last 2 sts., work 2 tog.
3rd row- Work 2 tog., rib 10, turn.
5th row- Work 2 tog., rib 4, turn.
7th row- Work 2 tog., rib to last 2 sts., work 2 tog.
8th row -Work 2 tog., rib 15, turn.
9th,11th and 13th rows as 2nd row

10th row -Work 2 tog., rib 9, turn.
12th row- Work 2 tog., rib 3, turn.
14th row as 7th row
rep last row 10 times… 11 sts cont, in rib increasing at each end of every row until there are 31 sts.

35th row- increase in first st, rib 7, turn
36th,38th and 40th rows – Rib to last st, inc in last st

37th row-increase in first st, rib 7, turn
39th row- increase in first st, rib 13, turn
41st row – increase in first st, rib to last st, inc in last st

42nd row-increase in first st, rib 2, turn
43rd , 45th and 47th row as 36th row.
44th row row-increase in first st, rib 8, turn
46th row-increase in first st, rib 14, turn
48th row as 41st row… 47sts work 2 rows, cast off loosely in rib.

Make up

Using back stitch, join back seam. Fold rib band in half on to wrong side and slip stitch in position. Fold peak in half, place stiffening inside and join with flat seam.

Sew peak to cap. Make a pom pom for the crown.

The pattern calls for a Patons Chunky Wool, but you could try a 12 ply wool but it is yet to be tested.

If you are having problems with abbreviations then take a look at this detailed abbreviation list.

NEW!!! REVISED USER SUBMITTED MODERN VERSION

Gauge: 15 sts. to 10 cm
Using No. 11 (8mm) Needles, cast on 67 sts.

Beginning:
1st row: K2, * P1, K1 … rep from * to last st, K1.
2nd row: K1, * P1, K1 … rep from * to end.
3rd row: K2, * P1, K1 … rep from * to last st, K1.
4th row: K1, * P1, K1 … rep from * to end.
5th row: K2, * P1, K1 … rep from * to last st, K1.
6th row: K1, * P1, K1 … rep from * to end.
7th row: K2, * P1, K1 … rep from * to last st, K1.
8th row: P1, K1, * M1, rib 4… rep from * to end … 84 sts.
Change to No. 6 (4mm) Needles

Pattern:
1st row: P3, * YO, K3, sl 1, K2tog, PSSO, K3, YO, P4…rep from * ending last rep. P3
2nd row: K3, * P9, K 4… rep from * ending last rep K3.
3rd row: P3, * K1, YO, K2, sl 1, K2tog, PSSO, K2, YO, K1, P4…rep from * ending last rep P3.
4th row: K3, * P9, K 4… rep from * ending last rep K3.
5th row: P3, * K2, YO, K1, sl 1, K2tog, PSSO, K1, YO, K2, P4, rep from * ending last rep P3.
6th row: K3, * P9, K 4… rep from * ending last rep K3.
7th row: P3, * K3, YO, sl 1, K2tog, PSSO, YO, K3, P4… rep from * ending last rep P3.
8th row: K3, * P9, K 4… rep from * ending last rep K3.
Rep pattern twice, then 1st and 2nd rows once.

Shape crown:

1st row: P2tog, * P1, patt. 9, P1, P2 tog., rep. from * to end.
2nd row: K2, * P9, K3, rep. from * ending last rep. K2.
3rd row: P2. * K1, YO, K2, sl 1, K2tog, PSSO, K2, YO, K1, P4, P2 tog., P1, rep. from * to last 11 sts., K1, YO, K2, sl 1, K2tog, PSSO, K2, YO, K1, P4, P2.
4th row: K2, * P9, K2, rep. from * to end.
5th row: P2 tog., * K1, YO, K2, sl 1, K2tog, PSSO, K2, YO, K1, P4, P2 tog., rep. from * to end.
6th row: K1, * P9, K1, rep. from * to end.
7th row: P1, * (K3 tog.) 3 times, P1, rep. from * to end.
8th row: (P2 tog.) 12 times, P1.
Break off yarn, run end through rem. sts., draw up and fasten off securely.

PEAK

Using No. 11 (8mm) Needles, cast on 47 sts.
Work 2 rows rib as for Cap (K1, P1)

Shape front

(NOTE : When turning, bring yarn to front of work, slip next st. on to right-hand needle, take yarn to back, slip st. back on to left-hand needle, then turn and proceed as instructed. This avoids holes). (“work 2tog” means either p2tog or k2tog depending on where you are in the pattern)

1st row: Work 2 tog., rib 16, turn.
2nd row: Rib to last 2 sts., work 2 tog.
3rd row: Work 2 tog., rib 10, turn.
4th row: Rib to last 2 sts., work 2 tog.
5th row: Work 2 tog., rib 4, turn.
6th row: Rib to last 2 sts., work 2 tog.
7th row: Work 2 tog., rib to last 2 sts., work 2 tog.
8th row: Work 2 tog., rib 15, turn.
9th row: Rib to last 2 sts., work 2 tog.
10th row: Work 2 tog., rib 9, turn.
11th row: Rib to last 2 sts., work 2 tog.
12th row: Work 2 tog., rib 3, turn.
13th row: Rib to last 2 sts., work 2 tog.
14th row: Work 2 tog., rib to last 2 sts., work 2 tog.

Rows 15 – 24:
rep last row 10 times… 11 sts.
Rows 25-34:
Cont in rib increasing at each end of every row until there are 31 sts on needle.

35th row: increase in first st, rib 7, turn
36th row: Rib to last st, inc in last st
37th row: increase in first st, rib 7, turn
38th row: Rib to last st, inc in last st
39th row: increase in first st, rib 13, turn
40th row: Rib to last st, inc in last st

41st row: increase in first st, rib to last st, inc in last st

42nd row: increase in first st, rib 2, turn
43rd row: Rib to last st, inc in last st
44th row: increase in first st, rib 8, turn
45th row: Rib to last st, inc in last st
46th row: increase in first st, rib 14, turn
47th row: Rib to last st, inc in last st

48th row: increase in first st, rib to last st, inc in last st… 47sts.
Work 2 rows, cast off loosely in rib.

Make up

Using back stitch, join back seam. Fold rib band in half on to wrong side and slip stitch in position. Fold peak in half, place stiffening inside and join with flat seam.

Sew peak to cap. Make a pom pom for the crown.

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Comments

  1. I finally made the hat (adult size) after a few adjustments. Using James C Bret Marble Chunky, 4.5mm needles for ribbing and peak and 7.5mm needles for the hat. I found that If on row 8 you just increase by 13 stitches evenly across the row it gives you 80 stitches so you can follow the original pattern, i did add a couple of extra rows in at the end. Drove me mad to get it right but lovely know I have done it.

  2. amethyst2 says:

    I cannot get this pattern to PRINT!

    • Vikram Goyal says:

      Hi there,

      WE have sent you an email – but you just need to login, and then click on the print this pattern link.

  3. amethyst2 says:

    I made this once…winged it where the ‘new modern’ pattern says to ‘patt 9′…I asked over and over on one knitting forum, and all I could get was ‘you are to follow the pattern there.’ The only thing I saw repeated ’9′ times was ‘p9′…so that’s what I did…I recently tore that hat all apart because I used a cotton yarn for the ribbing, and an acrylic for the hat…it was way too big, as was the beak…I would love to see this pattern truly “updated” and the old parts of the vintage pattern done away with. I would also like to see a way to print just the newer version…a lot of paper is wasted here. Wish this was a tad easier ’cause I do love that hat!

  4. if knit in 4ply do you think it would be good for a tiny baby?

  5. Nice hat for a guy. Haven’t see guys wearing these in quite a while. Is good to see something old coming out in style again for us guys. It’s high time vintage clothing started making a come back for us men, since so many things have come back in style for women! Needs a bit more tweaking to really make it pop for a man, though, looks like it might be a little small for the average guy.

  6. What does it mean to rib 2? and rib 4? Is this k1 p1 2 times for rib 2 and k1 p1 4 times for rib 4?

  7. This pattern makes into a very cute hat!

    I made it in Bernat Softee Chunky, needing only 1 ball! Used size US 8 (for the ribbing parts – brim & cap ribbing) & US 10.5 (cap body) circular needles (magic loop method – 40″ cord), knitting the cap circular with 66 stitches, increasing to 78 for the lacy pattern. The brim (peak) is very cleverly constructed with the short rows to make shaping that is larger on the top than the bottom of the brim to give it a nice shaping when stitched onto the cap. The wrap and turn stitch method did eliminate any holes in the short rows. I used plastic needlepoint canvas (cut to shape) for the brim stiffener.

    Thanks for the great pattern!

  8. This pattern makes into a very cute hat!

    I made it in Bernat Softee Chunky, needing only 1 ball! Used size US 8 (for the ribbing parts – brim & cap ribbing) & US 10.5 (cap body) circular needles (magic loop method – 40″ cord), knitting the cap circular with 66 stitches, increasing to 78 for the lacy pattern. The brim (peak) is very cleverly constructed with the short rows to make shaping that is larger on the top than the bottom of the brim to give it a nice shaping when stitched onto the cap. The wrap and turn stitch method did eliminate any holes in the short rows. I used plastic needlepoint canvas (cut to shape) for the brim stiffener.

    Thanks for the great pattern!

  9. this pattern is SOOOOOOO confusing!!! how can even a advanced knitter understand this??? this pattern needs to be updated!!!!

  10. Thank you for this pattern! My Nan asked me to find something like this to knit for someone. I’m hoping she’s going to love it.

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