My Overdyed Roku Hat

March 8, 2016


Behold, the functional beanie.

After the disappointment that was the Harper Hat I found a few people recommending the Roku Hat as an easy, smartly designed, and classic beanie pattern.

It didn’t disappoint. It knit up quickly and I love that it’s totally reversible. Not that I really need to be able to turn my beanie inside out — but I appreciate the thoughtful design. If you’re considering it check out all the versions on Ravelry for inspiration.



Pattern Used:
Roku Hat by Olga Buraya-Kefelian
Size medium (my head circumference is 22.5″)


Materials/Supplies Used:
1 skein Malabrigo Merino Worsted that I very snazzily over dyed.
4mm circular needles & DPNs*

*I did not use recommended 3.75mm needles for cast on, instead I cast on tightly with 4mm and that worked fine.

Finished Dimensions:
18.5″ diameter
9.75″ tall


Started decreases after recommended 8 inches. Next time I would do a little less, maybe 7 inches, for a less height up top OR I would make it longer so I could comfortably cuff the brim.

I’d also knit a size larger to more comfortably accommodate my unsuspectingly wide head. It’s not necessarily too tight as it is, but it does leave the ol’ barcode imprint on my forehead after I wear it for a while, and I wish the top was a bit wider.  I think more fullness up top (width, not height!) would be more flattering for my face shape.


Bonus! It’s been in rotation for a few months now and the over dyed yarn is holding up great. No scratchiness, piling, or colour transfer.