Case of the Mondays (Pattern)

16 02 2011

I had an idea for a hat, sometime in December, but every time I picked up the needles to try it out it came out wrong. I then realized that this issue was that I was using the completely wrong stitch pattern. Once I worked that out, it was a fairly rapid knit. I finished the entire hat in one Monday evening, and I’m happy with the results. The hat is called Case of the Mondays because I like Office Space, because it was knit on a Monday, and most importantly because the whole time I’d been knitting the wrong hat.

case of the mondays blue 3

case of the mondays gray 1

Disclaimer: There was no hypnosis used in the creation of this hat.

Case of the Mondays

  • Yarn: 1 skein of Malabrigo Yarn Chunky, 104 yards (95 m). This pattern uses exactly one skein, down to the last inches. To compensate there are two versions. Colorway shown is Buscando Azul.
  • Needles: US 10 – 6.0 mm and US 11 – 8.0 mm, 40″ or longer for magic loop, or use your preferred circular knitting method.
  • Size: 18″ (46 cm) at the brim, 9″ (23 cm) tall.
  • Gauge: 12 stitches and 16 rows = 4″ (10cm) in stockinette.
  • Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch marker to denote beginning of round.

This hat is worked in the round and has a slight slouch caused by knitting the main body on larger needle in addition to stitches added in an increase row after the brim.  It is knit in waffle stitch. Instructions for the larger version are given in parentheses.

1×1 Ribbing:  

*K1, P1* around.

Waffle Stitch:

Rounds 1 & 2: Knit around.
Rounds  3&4: *K2, P2* around.


With, smaller needle CO 56 stitches. Join to knit in the round, being careful not to twist.

For brim, knit in 1×1 Ribbing for 1.5″

Change to larger needles.

Increase Row: *K4, M1, K3, M1* around to 72 sts.

Knit hat in waffle pattern, repeating 7 (8) times total, 28 (32) rows.

Row 1: Remove marker, k1, replace marker, this is the new beginning of round, *SSK, K2tog* around, 36 sts.
Row 2: Knit around.
Row 2:  *K2tog* around, 18 sts.
Row 3: *K2tog* around, 9 sts.

Break yarn, pull through remaining stitches, and weave in ends. Block as desired.

case of the mondays blue 2

case of the mondays gray 2

Happy knitting!

The lovely photographs were taken by Abbie, a.k.a. The Green Wife, and the blue hat model is Soose.




11 responses

16 02 2011

Gorgeous. I can’t wait to cast on.

17 02 2011

Love this hat!!

20 02 2011
Kate KP

What a great hat and a great name for the hat! I love your site. I made the iPad cover and it is fantastic. Thank you!

22 02 2011

So cute – looks so yummy to wear! Gotta’ have me-self one of these. Thanks for sharing (and keeping up a generous traditions among knitters).

6 03 2011

I’m so glad I found your site. Love this hat.

16 11 2011

Thanks for posting this pattern! I enjoyed knitting the hat. Read my post at

From my needles to yours,
Thanks again!

20 02 2014
The Mad Hatter | The Firefly Files

[…] works and will be posted soon.  In the meantime, this is my favorite so far.  It’s called A Case of the Mondays and was really simple to […]

6 05 2014

Thanks for sharing such an amazing hat pattern! Can’t wait to get some Malabrigo yarn and try it out! 🙂

24 08 2014

What a cute hat! I’ve never seen the waffle stitch pattern before and I like it a lot! Could the hat be made with worsted weight yarn instead of chunky? If so, how would I change the pattern as far as how many stitches to cast on? I don’t make much with chunky or super chunky yarn but this pattern is really great so I may give it a try in the different weight of yarn! Thanks so much for the free pattern! 🙂

4 10 2016
Sandra Bain

I feel like I should tell you that this is my very favorite hat pattern. to the point where I cast on my 5th one last night.

16 12 2018
Marie-Ange Daly

Is there a mistake with the pattern Case of the Mondays?
When you start to decrease for the crown, there are TWO Row 2. Should the Row 2: knit around be omitted?

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