Malvina’s Hat

In Hats, Patterns, Shop sample available, Worsted weight yarn by Shannon

Malvina Reynolds was a folk singer-songwriter and political activist in the 1960s and 1970s, and is probably best known for writing and composing the song, “Little Boxes.” Make some little boxes of your own and play around with contrasting colors. Easy colorwork equals fun knitting!


  • Finished Measurements: Small (Medium, Large): 18 (20, 22)” circumference; 8.25 (8.5, 8.75)” from brim to top.
  • Yarn: approximately 130 (155, 185) yards total worsted-weight yarn. I used Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in Snowbound (cA) and Sap (cB) for the lighter grey hat, and Soot (cA) and Sap (cB) for the darker grey hat.
  • Needles: US7/4.5mm (or size to obtain gauge) and one size smaller (for ribbing). Use your preferred small-circumference-knitting needles.
  • Notions: stitch markers, tapestry needle.
  • Gauge: 20 sts & 26 rs = 4″/10 cm in stockinette stitch, measured after blocking.