Winter Smiles Hat by DROPS Design

Knitted beanie / hipster hat with rib in DROPS Air. Theme: Christmas.

Keywords: beanie, hat, headwear, rib
DROPS 214-67
DROPS Design: Pattern no ai-335
Yarn group C or A + A

S/M – L/XL
Fits head size approx.: 54/56 – 56/58 cm.
Height with a 10 cm fold-up approx. 24 - 26 cm.

DROPS AIR from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group C)
100-100 g colour 05, brown

Or use:
100-100 g colour 26, beige
100-100 g colour 12, moss green
100-100 g colour 30, sage green

20 stitches in width and 27 rows in height with stocking stitch = 10 x 10 cm.

Needle size is only a guide. If you get too many stitches on 10 cm, change to a larger needle size. If you get too few stitches on 10 cm, change to a smaller needle size.


Knitting tension – See how to measure it and why here
Alternative Yarn – See how to change yarns here
Yarn Groups A to F – Use the same pattern and change the yarn here
Yarn usage using an alternative yarn – Use our yarn converter here


65% Alpaca, 28% Polyamide, 7% Wool
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Pattern instructions

NOTE: This pattern is written in British English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from cm to inches - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in British and American English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here. For this pattern in American English, please click here.



See diagram A.1.




The piece is worked in the round with circular needle, bottom up. Change to double pointed needles when necessary.

Cast on 108-120 stitches with circular needle size 3.5 mm and Air. Purl 1 round.
Work rib in the round (knit 1, purl 1).
Continue until the piece measures 27-29 cm; there is approx. 7 cm left to finished length.
Now work A.1 (= 12 stitches) a total of 9-10 times on the round.
When A.1 has been completed in height there are 18-20 stitches on the needles.
Knit all stitches together 2 and 2 = 9-10 stitches.
Cut the strand and pull it through the remaining stitches, tighten and fasten well.
The hat measures approx. 34-36 cm. Fold up approx. 10 cm on the right side.


symbols = knit
symbols = purl
symbols = knit 2 together

Do you need help with this pattern?

Thank you for choosing a DROPS Design pattern. We take pride in providing patterns that are correct and easy to understand. All patterns are translated from Norwegian and you can always check the original pattern (DROPS 214-67) for measurements and calculations.

Are you having trouble following the pattern? See below for a list of resources to help you finish your project in no time - or why not, learn something new.

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Are you having trouble following the pattern? See below for a list of resources to help you finish your project in no time - or why not, learn something new.

We have also step-by-step guides for different techniques which you'll find here.

1) Why is the knitting/crochet tension so important?

Knitting tension is what determines the final measurements of your work, and is usually measured per 10 x 10 cm. It is provided like so: number of stitches in width x number of rows in height - eg: 19 stitches x 26 rows = 10 x 10 cm.

The knitting tension is very individual; some people knit/crochet loosely while others work tightly. You adjust the knitting tension with the needle size, which is why the suggested needle size only serve as a guide! You need to adjust this (up or down) to ensure that YOUR knitting tension matches the knitting tension provided in the pattern. If you work with a different knitting tension than provided you will have a different yarn consumption, and your work will have different measurements than what the pattern suggests.

The knitting tension also determines which yarns can replace each other. As long as you achieve the same knitting tension you can replace one yarn with another.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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2) What are the yarn groups?

All our yarns are categorised into yarn groups (from A to F) according to thickness and knitting tension – group A contains the thinnest yarns and group F the thickest. This makes it easier for you to find alternative yarns to our patterns, should you wish to switch yarn. All yarns within the same group have a similar knitting tension and can easily replace each other. However, different yarn qualities have different structures and properties which will give the finished work a unique look and feel.

Click here for an overview of the yarns in each yarn group

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3) Can I use a different yarn than what the pattern suggests?

The important thing when changing from one yarn to another is that the knitting/crochet tension remains the same. This is so that the measurements of the finished piece will be the same as on the sketch provided. It is easier to achieve the same knitting tension using yarns from the same yarn group. It is also possible to work with multiple strands of a thinner yarn to achieve the knitting tension of a thicker one. Please try our yarn converter. We recommend you to always work a test swatch.

Please NOTE: when changing yarn the garment might have a different look and feel to the garment in the photo, due to individual properties and qualities of each yarn.

See DROPS lesson: Can I use a different yarn than the one mentioned in the pattern?

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4) How do I use the yarn converter?

At the top of all our patterns you’ll find a link to our yarn converter, which is a helpful tool should you wish to use a different yarn than suggested. By filling in the yarn quality you wish to replace, the amount (in your size) and number of strands, the converter will present good alternative yarns with the same knitting tension. Additionally it will tell you how much you’ll require in the new qualities and whether you’ll need to work with multiple strands. Most skeins are 50g (some are 25g or 100g).

If the pattern is worked with multiple colours, every colour will have to be converted separately. Similarly, if the pattern is worked with several strands of different yarns (for example 1 strand Alpaca and 1 strand Kid-Silk) you will have to find alternatives for each, individually.

Click here to see our yarn converter

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5) Why do I get the wrong knitting tension with the suggested needle size?

The needle size provided in the pattern serves only as a guide, the important thing is to follow the knitting tension. And since knitting tension is very individual, you will have to adjust the needle size to ensure that YOUR tension is the same as in the pattern – maybe you’ll have to adjust 1, or even 2 needle sizes, up or down to achieve the correct tension. For this, we recommend that you work test swatches.

Should you work with a different knitting tension than the one provided, the measurements of the finished garment might deviate from the measurement sketch.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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6) Why is the pattern worked top-down?

Working a garment top-down provides more flexibility and room for personal adjustment. For example it is easier to try the garment on while working, as well as making adjustments to length of yoke and shoulder caps.

The instructions are carefully explaining every step, in the correct order. Diagrams are adjusted to the knitting direction and are worked as usual.

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7) Why are the sleeves shorter in larger sizes?

The total width of the garment (from wrist-to-wrist) will be larger in the larger sizes, despite the actual sleeves being shorter. The larger sizes have longer sleeve caps and wider shoulders, so there will be a good fit in all sizes.

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8) What is a repeat?

Diagrams are often repeated on the round or in height. 1 repeat is the diagram the way it appears in the pattern. If it says to work 5 repeats of A.1 in the round, then you work A.1 a total of 5 times after/next to each other in the round. If it says to work 2 repeats of A.1 vertically/in height you work the entire diagram once, then begin again at the start and work the entire diagram one more time.

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9) How do I work according to a knitting diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is read from bottom to top, from right to left. 1 square = 1 stitch.

When working back and forth, every other row is worked from the right side and every other row is worked from the wrong side. When working from the wrong side, the diagram will have to be worked reversed: from left to right, knit stitches are purled, purl stitches are knit etc.

When working in the round every round is worked from the right side and the diagram are worked from right to left on all rounds.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

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10) How do I work according to a crochet diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is worked from bottom to top, from right to left.

When working back and forth every other row is worked from the right side: from right to left and every other row is worked from the wrong side: from left to right.

When working in the round, every row in the diagram are worked from the right side, from right to left.

When working a circular diagram you start in the middle and work your way outwards, counter clockwise, row by row.

The rows usually start with a given number of chain stitches (equivalent to the height of the following stitch), this will either be depicted in the diagram or explained in the pattern.

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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11) How do I work several diagrams simultaneously on the same row/round?

Instructions for working several diagrams after each other on the same row/round, will often be written like so: “work A.1, A.2, A.3 a total of 0-0-2-3-4 times". This means you work A.1 once, then A.2 is worked once, and A.3 is repeated (in width) the number of times provided for your size – in this case like so: S = 0 times, M = 0 times, L=2 times, XL= 3 times and XXL = 4 times.

The diagrams are worked as usual: begin with the first row in A.1, then work the first row in A.2 etc.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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12) Why does the piece start with more chain stitches than it’s worked with?

Chain stitches are slightly narrower than other stitches and to avoid working the cast-on edge too tight, we simply chain more stitches to begin with. The stitch count will be adjusted on the following row to fit the pattern and measurement sketch.

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13) Why increase before the rib edge when the piece is worked top-down?

The rib edge is more elastic and will contract slightly compared to, for example, stocking stitch. By increasing before the rib edge, you avoid a visible difference in width between the rib edge and the rest of the body.

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14) Why increase in the cast-off edge?

It’s very easy to cast off too tightly, and by making yarn overs while casting off (and simultaneously casting these off) you avoid a too tight cast off edge.

See DROPS video: How to bind off with yarn overs (yo)

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15) How do I increase/decrease on every 3rd and 4th row/round alternately?

To achieve an even increase (or decrease) you can increase on, for example: every 3rd and 4th row alternately, like so: work 2 rows and increase on the 3rd row, work 3 rows and increase on the 4th. Repeat this until the increase is complete.

See DROPS lesson: Increase or decrease 1 st on every 3rd and 4th row alternately

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16) Why is the pattern slightly different than what I see in the photo?

Pattern repeats can vary slightly in the different sizes, in order to get the correct proportions. If you’re not working the exact same size as the garment in the photo, yours might deviate slightly. This has been carefully developed and adjusted so that the complete impression of the garment is the same in all sizes.

Make sure to follow instructions and diagrams for your size!

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17) How can I work a jacket in the round instead of back and forth?

Should you prefer to work in the round instead of back and forth, you may of course adjust the pattern. You’ll need to add steeks mid-front (usually 5 stitches), and follow the instructions. When you would normally turn and work from the wrong side, simply work across the steek and continue in the round. At the end you’ll cut the piece open, pick up stitches to work bands, and cover the cut edges.

See DROPS video: How to knit steeks and cut open

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18) Can I work a jumper back and forth instead of in the round?

Should you prefer to work back and forth instead of in the round, you may of course adjust the pattern so you work the pieces separately and then assemble them at the end. Divide the stitches for the body in 2, add 1 edge stitch in each side (for sewing) and work the front and back pieces separately.

See DROPS lesson: Can I adapt a pattern for circular needles into straight needles?

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19) Why do you show discontinued yarns in the patterns?

Since different yarns have different qualities and textures we have chosen to keep the original yarn in our patterns. However, you can easily find options among our available qualities by using our yarn converter, or simply pick a yarn from the same yarn group.

It is possible that some retailers still have discontinued yarns in stock, or that someone has a few skeins at home that they would like to find patterns for.

The yarn converter will provide both alternative yarn as well as required amount in the new quality.

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20) How do I make a women’s size garment into a men’s size one?

If you have found a pattern you like which is available in women’s size it’s not very difficult to convert it to men’s size. The biggest difference will be the length of sleeves and body. Start working on the women size that you think would fit across the chest. The additional length will be worked right before you cast off for the armhole/sleeve cap. If the pattern is worked top-down you can add the length right after the armhole or before the first decrease on sleeve.

Regarding additional yarn amount, this will depend on how much length you add, but it is better with a skein too many than too few.

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21) How do I prevent a hairy garment from shedding?

All yarns will have excess fibres (from production) that might come off as lint or shedding. Brushed yarns (ie hairier yarns) have more of these loose, excess fibres, causing more shedding.

Shedding also depends on what is worn under or over the garment, and whether this pulls at the yarn fibres. It’s therefore not possible to guarantee that there will be no shedding

Below are some tips on how to get the best result when working with hairier yarns:

1. When the garment is finished (before you wash it) shake it vigorously so the looser hairs come off. NOTE: do NOT use a lint roller, brush or any method that pulls at the yarn.

2. Place the garment in a plastic bag and put it in your freezer - the temperature will cause the fibres to become less attached to each other, and excess fibres will come off easier.

3. Leave in the freezer for a few hours before taking it out and shaking it again.

4. Wash the garment according to the instructions on the yarn label.

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22) Where on the garment is the length measured?

The measurement sketch/schematic drawing provides information regarding the full length of the garment. If it’s a jumper or a jacket the length is measured from the highest point on the shoulder closest to the neckline, and straight down to the bottom of the garment. It is NOT measured from the tip of shoulder. Similarly, the length of yoke is measured from the highest point on the shoulder and down to where yoke is split into body and sleeves.

On a jacket measures are never taken along bands, unless specifically stated. Always measure inside band stitches when measuring the length.

See DROPS lesson: How to read a schematic drawing

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23) How do I know how many balls of yarn I need?

The required amount of yarn is provided in grams, eg: 450 g. To calculate how many balls you’ll need you first need to know how many grams are in 1 ball (25g, 50g or 100g). This information is available if you click on the individual yarn quality on our pages. Divide the amount required with the amount of each ball. For example, if each ball is 50g (the most common amount), the calculation will be as follows: 450 / 50 = 9 balls.

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Comments / Questions (48)

country flag Letizia wrote:

Hi, I started knitting just a few months ago and I need help with pattern interpretation. Every row is a round, and I start from the bottom right. However the pattern has only 12 stitches and I casted 108. Stitches. What do I have to do with the remaining stitches ? Do I have to work rib? (Knit 1 purl 1)? Thank you

18.01.2023 - 10:00

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Letizia, when you have to work A.1 you will repeat the 12 sts in A.1 in the round, ie repeat 9 times A.1 on the round (9x12=108 sts) - you can add a marker between each repeat to help you checking your number of stitches. Then work every row in A.1 reading it from the right towards the left. When A.1 is done there are 2 sts left in each A.1 x 9 repeats = 18 sts left. Happy knitting!

18.01.2023 kl. 16:31

country flag Ak wrote:

Ohjeessa on 3,5mm puikot tai käsialan mukaan. Pitääköhän ohjeessa oleva neuletiheys paikkansa, koska jouduin vaihtamaan puikot 6mm, jotta saisin saman tiheyden? Myös lankavyyhdissä mainitaan isompi puikkojen paksuus. 6mm puikoilla tulee työn jäljestä löysä.

12.01.2023 - 20:06

DROPS Design answered:

Myssy neulotaan ohuilla puikoilla, jotta siitä tulisi kiinteä. Mikäli saat oikean neuletiheyden puikoilla nro 6, sinun tulee neuloa työ kyseisillä puikoilla.

17.01.2023 kl. 18:33

country flag Grimault wrote:

Bonjour j'effectue le winter smiles hat sur 2 aiguilles normales. Arrivée au diagramme, les diminutions se trouvent toutes décalées, comment procéder svp ?

21.12.2022 - 12:02

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Mme Grimault, lorsque vous tricotez un diagramme en rangs, vous devez lire les rangs sur l'endroit de droite à gauche et les rangs sur l'envers de gauche à droite, autrement dit, vous tricoterez ici sur l'envers les mailles endroit à l'endroit et les mailles envers à l'envers, et les 2 dernières mailles de chaque A.1 (vu sur l'envers) à l'envers. Bon tricot!

21.12.2022 kl. 13:09

country flag Ellie wrote:

Do you know exactly how much yarn is needed to knit the smaller size? I have one 50g ball of Air yarn and am looking for a nice hat pattern to use it up. I was thinking of trying this with a slightly shorter turn up.

22.10.2022 - 21:32

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Ellie, we don't have information on how much the hat weights, but it requires more than 1 ball of yarn. So we don't know if 1 ball will be enough to work the hat, even with a shorter edge. You could try working it and you could adjust the length to the amount of yarn left. You could also try the following patterns, which only require 50g of Air:; Happy knitting!

24.10.2022 kl. 00:11

country flag Chloe wrote:

Hi, so for the needle to yarn gauge ratio I'm confused. Since your recommended needle size is 3.5mm but the drops air yarn only comes in gauge for 5mm needles. Is that what was still used here for this?

12.10.2022 - 01:29

DROPS Design answered:

Hi Chloe, The size of needles used will give a tighter or looser fabric. For this pattern we have chosen a smaller needle size to give a tighter and warmer hat. It also means that you need more stitches and rows on your 10 x 10 cm swatch. Hope this helps and happy knitting!

12.10.2022 kl. 06:54

country flag Anna Fedel wrote:

Hi . I can never find a hat pattern to fit my husband's head. Could you please advise me how to increase stitches to achieve a larger size? Thanks

22.07.2022 - 22:25

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Anna, generally, it will depend on the model you are working. For this model, the pattern has a 12-stitch repeat. You will need to add a multiple of 12 stitches for your desired size. When you want to make a bigger size, it's better to work a rib pattern model (like this one) so it will adjust better to the head. Happy knitting!

24.07.2022 kl. 17:13

country flag Elizabeth wrote:

Hello. I started the hat by casting on 126 stitches, as that gave me the circumference I needed. I have now knit about 6 inches. But I re-read the pattern and only now realized I need a multiple of 12. I have 6 stitches too many. I don’t want to start over if I can fix it. Can you instruct me how to decrease back to 120 stitches without messing up the ribbing? Thank you.

23.05.2022 - 18:50

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Elizabeth, we are unfortunately unable to adjust every pattern to every single request, you are welcome to check out any similar pattern that matches your tension/size to inspire you or contact your yarn store for any individual assistance. Thanks for your comprehension.

24.05.2022 kl. 07:57

country flag Ginette Hamon wrote:

Bonjour, y a t’il une erreur avec l’échantillon? Je l’ai fait avec les 3.5mm et cela me donne 8 cm ,j’ai recommencé avec des 3 mm et j’ai 9cm. J’ai aussi essayé avec des 3.5mm mais en doublant le fil et là j’ai du 10 cm. La vendeuse à la boutique de laine m’a pourtant confirmé que le patron est avec un fil simple, du pourquoi je me pose la question si il y a une erreur. Merci

26.02.2022 - 23:36

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour, ce chapeau est travaillé avec un seul fil. L´échantillon indiqué est correct, mais il se peut que vous ayez besoin d'une taille d'aiguille différente pour obtenir le même échantillon (cela dépend de la personne). Bon tricot!

27.02.2022 kl. 16:55

country flag Mette wrote:

Hej. Jeg forstår ikke diagrammet. Jeg er nu nået til de 27 cm på rundpinde. Skal jeg så skifte til strømpinde nu inden jeg går igang med diagrammet? Jeg er helt nybegynder og selvom jeg har set de små film som er lagt ud, aner jeg ikke hvordan jeg kommer videre herfra. Nogen der kan hjælpe mig? Venlig hilsen Mette

19.02.2022 - 15:00

DROPS Design answered:

Hei Mette. Du kan fint bruke rundpinne så lenge du har nok masker til å greie å strikke rundt. Når du begynner på diagram A.1 vil du minske masker på hver 2. omgang, og etter noen omganger med fellinger må du bytte til settpinner. Før du starter på diagrammet kan du sette maskemarkører/merketråder mellom hver rapport av diagrammet. Da er det lettere å følge diagrammet, siden du strikker det 9 ganger pr omgang og du vil da alltid felle de 2 første maskene etter merketråden på hver 2. omgang. mvh DROPS Design

21.02.2022 kl. 12:01

country flag Laurence wrote:

Bonjour, j’essaie déjà plusieurs fois de faire le bon échantillon mais c’est toujours trop petit. La taille des aiguilles mentionnée, est ce US ou Europe? Aussi, si j’arrive bien à mes 10cm de largeur mais que j’ai moins en hauteur est-ce grave ou puis je quand même prendre ces aiguilles?

17.02.2022 - 10:34

DROPS Design answered:

Bonjour Laurence, si vous suivez les explications en français, la taille des aiguilles est en système métrique, autrement dit des aiguilles 3,5 mm - Si vous avez la bonne largeur mais pas la bonne hauteur, il vous faudra probablement tricoter des rangs supplémentaires pour que le diagramme (haut du bonnet) ait la bonne longueur et que vous ayez la longueur finale souhaitée pour le bonnet. Plus d'infos sur l'échantillon dans notre FAQ. Bon tricot!

17.02.2022 kl. 10:56

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