7 Quick and Cosy Examples of the Bowman Hat

Bowman Hat Knitting Pattern - My sample is the larger size in the sailor length and knitted up in only a couple of evenings.

My Bowman hat knitting pattern has been out for a whole week now. Thank you to everyone who has bought the pattern or said lovely things about it. Bowman has become an everyday feature in my handmade wardrobe and I hope it will do the same for you too.

In today's blog post, I will be showing you the Bowman hats that my test knitters made. They seemed to fly off their needles and within a week, I was already starting to see FOs!

One of the things that also surprised me about the test knitting process for Bowman was how great this hat looks in slightly variegated hand-dyed yarn!

I generally work in solid coloured yarn and, more often than not, neutrals. This pattern is absolutely perfect for yarn like that because it really allows the subtle stitch pattern to shine. I wasn't sure how well the stitch would pop in a hand-dyed/hand-painted yarn, but after seeing the hat that Anja knitted for her son, I was totally convinced!

As you can see, every single Bowman hat made by my test knitters came out beautifully. I hope you will enjoy learning all about them below, including the size they made, the yarn they used, whether they made any modifications and what they liked about the pattern.

My Test Knitters' Bowman Hats


Size: Smaller size in regular length / Larger size in sailor length

Yarn: Schoppel Wolle / Opal Handgefärbt Pulloverwolle by Zwerger Garn in Sydney

Modifications: The Schoppel Wolle didn't match the gauge, however, Anja knitted the smaller size and it fits really well.

What she liked about the pattern: I think the pattern is really nice for knitters who like flexible options. I enjoyed knitting them.

View Anja's Ravelry project page...


Size: Smaller in regular length

Yarn: madelinetosh Tosh DK in Capricorn

What she liked about the pattern: It was a perfect Netflix and knit pattern. Simple enough to memorize but with complicated looking results.

View Lindalou's Ravelry project page...


Size: Smaller in regular length for both hats

Yarn: madelinetosh DK Twist in Kitten / madelinetosh 80/10/10 Sport in Coquette

What she liked about the pattern:  It's an easy pattern to follow and once I finished the brim and started the Bowman stitch I did not want to put it down! It's a fast easy knit that looks complex. I knit the 16.5" size; my head is 24.". This hat stretches to fit my head as well as fitting the smaller adult head. It goes halfway over my ears but can also be worn as a sailor type without looking too slouchy!

View Rita's Ravelry project page...


Size: Larger in regular length

Yarn: madelinetosh Tosh DK in Laurel

What she liked about the pattern: Quick and fun knit to do! It fits like a glove.

View Onkuri's Ravelry project page...


Size: Larger in the regular length

Yarn: Rauwerk Merino DK in green that she naturally-dyed herself

Modifications: Her row gauge was much bigger, so that hat ended up more slouchy. We all agreed it looked fantastic like that though!

What she liked about the pattern: Although I have to confess to a completely “off” row gauge, it turns out this hat also looks as great slouchy as it does when knitted properly! Check out the intricate stitch detail...

View Nicky's Ravelry project page...

To my test knitters, thank you so much for all of your hard work, great feedback and enthusiasm throughout this development of this pattern. It really was a pleasure to work with you!


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Every time a test knitting opportunity comes up, you will be one of the first to be notified. Once you have been notified of a test knit, there is no obligation to apply - you can choose to apply only to the test knits that appeal to you.

I hope to work with you soon!

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