Chameleon - hat Chameleon - scarf Chameleon - balaclava Chameleon - head band Chameleon - Sahariane


Fits average to large adult head, up to 24/25 inches circumference.

Finished Measurements

Circumference: 20″/51cm
Length: 20″/51cm


  • Yarn: 100g pure linen, 18 wpi, charcoal.
  • Needles: 1 x 3.25mm and 1 x 4mm 80cm circulars (magic/lazy loop), or alternatives for preferred technique and to achieve gauge.


Aim for about 5.5 st per inch, and 10 -12 rows per inch in stockinette on 3.25mm needles.


k = knit
p = purl
k2tog = knit 2 together
k3tog = knit 3 together (slanting not symmetrical)
yo = yarn over

chameleon charts

The black squares in the chart are for no stitches. When you encounter them in a round, just jump over them and work the next instruction in that same round.



Using 3.25mm circular needle, cast on 108 st knitwise.

Round 1: p
Round 2: k
Round 3: p
Round 4 – 21: follow chart A above, working 9 repeats each round. Knit odd rounds, except for round 11 which is included in chart A.
Round 22 – 24: as rounds 1 – 3.

Round 25: (k11, k2tog) 8 times, k to end – should have 100 st left

Main part (net)

Swap to 4mm needles

Round 26: (yo, k2tog) to end
Round 27: (p1, k1) to end
Round 28: (k2tog, yo) to end
Round 29: (k1, p1) to end

These four rounds form the netting pattern (see chart B above).

Repeat rounds 26 to 29 until you have about 6grams of yarn left, or enough to do another 9 rounds.

The work will hopefully measure roughly 19 inches long at this point.

Repeat rounds 1 – 2 four times, forming an 8 row garter st border.

Cast off loosely. (Suspended bind off works well).


Break yarn, and weave in ends. With any luck, all you’ll have left over after this is about 2 ft of yarn.

Wash and block lightly, then try it on and find your favourite way of wearing it!

© 2007 Рzeph, all rights reserved. For personal use only.

27 Responses to “Chameleon”

  1. 1 Steffi October 25, 2007 at 4:43 am

    What a great pattern! I’ve been tinkering with the idea of making a balaclava-style thingy because I’ve just moved from Australia to northern Finland, and now I think I’ve found something that doesn’t make me look like a bank robber! Thanks so much for posting this, it’s a lovely pattern.


  2. 2 erssie November 15, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    Problems loading your pics, here and obviously through flickr…not sure why!

    Pattern sounds intriguing

  3. 3 Geo October 16, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    am new to these yarns am a red heart type yarn. can you tell me what pure linen you used for this project want to make one for son and grandson. thank you

  4. 4 zeph October 24, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    That’s a good question – the linen yarn I used was a gift from a friend.

    There isn’t a specific ‘make’ per se, but it is handspun and has about 18 wraps per inch.
    The skein is in this picture:

  5. 5 angie daggett March 30, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    hi, like this pattern. i wanted to know if it is knit in the round or flat? thanks

  6. 7 Maxwell April 28, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    if you were going to work it flat, what would the difference be? and if I needed it to be denser, (think WOOL) would this pattern still work? I LOVE how verstile it would be, I just hope that I use it with the materials I have picked. Its use will be in weather up to -50 F. Thanks for your help! Great site!

  7. 8 sissy December 21, 2009 at 5:45 am

    Great design! But I don’t understand this part: “The black squares in the chart are for no stitches. When you encounter them in a round, just jump over them and work the next instruction in that same round.” What do you mean? 1)Just slip each stitch without knitting? 2)If you just SKIP them, those stitches will run and create ladders, won’t they? 3)Some other technique entirely? Help! I’m in the dark here!

    • 9 zeph April 22, 2010 at 8:24 pm

      Hi sissy,

      Black squares are a ‘space filler’.

      Perhaps I phrased it unclearly, but they are present in the chart only to allow the -actual- stitches to line up correctly. They do not represent a stitch at all (hence the ‘no stitches’ phrase).

      • 10 Oldive November 6, 2011 at 6:57 pm

        Can you clarify the “no stitches” a bit more? Should i just be moving the stitches over to the other needle without knitting them? Or am I dropping them off the needle entirely? If I am dropping them, how do I go about getting the stich back a few rows later? The “jump over” and “no stitches” are utterly confusing me!

  8. 11 Maggie September 14, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    What a great pattern! I can’t wait to make it for my grandsons! Thank you for posting it.

  9. 12 Lita Jones October 28, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    I was very intrigued by your pattern the first time I saw it on Ravelry. I marked it as a favorite but didn’t print out the pattern. I am probably an advanced beginner knitter but was digging in my stash and found some yaran I had acquired in a Christmas swap a couple of years ago. It is a very fine mystery yarn in a golden to brown color. So I printed out the pattern today. Thanks so much for a very interesting pattern.

  10. 13 Rebecca November 9, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Hi — Is this just a tube? How does it turn into a hat? So confused, but beautiful pattern and can’t wait to try it.

  11. 14 Artwalk January 26, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Still confused by the “skip stitches” phrase. If you don’t work the stitches won’t they stick out funny and give it a wierd shape?

    • 15 Oldive January 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      If I figured this out correctly, skip stiches doesn’t mean that you are skipping anything on the actual piece. It just means that where the black boxes are in the pattern you don’t do anything, and continue on. I translated out the pattern, and hopefully I’m right. But here is how row 4 should work out: Round 4: k2, Yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k2.

      I took out the black ‘skip’ boxes, and that’s what youre left with. It helps form all the loops and whirls and holes. Hopefully that helps.

  12. 16 Sylvia French February 5, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Thanks, this now makes perfect sense! I was putting off making this piece until I came across your explanation and now will be going ahead with it.

  13. 17 Becca March 3, 2012 at 8:08 am

    I’m curious, do you overlap the pattern when you work the 9 rounds? I can never fit the 9 rounds onto the beginning 108 k stitches. I’ve tried multiple times to get this pattern going but since i’m still a beginner at knitting then i’m completely in the dark as to whether i’m doing it right. Can someone try making a video? That would be insanely helpful for us people who are barely learning and what to make this fascinating pattern

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