One of the my favorite past-times during the colder months is Knitting. I am extremely grateful to my Grandmother who taught me the skill at a very your age. I have made some beautiful things over the years – curtains, blankets, scarves and hats.
At the moment, I am going through a phase where I am knitting a lot of hats! The more hats I knit, the more people comment that they want one and so it goes around and around like that. I honestly can knit one of these hats in a few hours. It is a very simple hat, and as you are knitting in the round on circular needles there is no seam to sew-up at the end – LOVE THAT.
This is a pattern which I have adapted to suit the way I like it. Pretty much, it is a One Size fits all kind of pattern, however if you want to make it bigger or smaller decrease/increase in 8 stitches.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Any kind of worsted weight wool, say 2 hanks to be sure.
- Size 7 16″ circular needles
- Double pointed needed Size 7
- Stitch markers
- Tapestry needle
- Cast on 80 stitches and place stitch marker
- For the brim of the hat Knit 2 stitches/Purl 2 stitches for 3 inches in length (longer if you like)
- Knit one row to acknowledge where the folded brim will be
- Knit 2 stitches/Purl 2 stitches all the way around till the hat measures between 5.5 – 7 inches from the folded row. To explain, if I am knitting for a child I keep it at 5.5 inches, but if I am knitting for an adult I keep it at 7 inches.
CROWN SHAPING (transfer to the double-sided needles)
- Round 1. Knit 2 stitches, then purl 2 together stitches all the way around
- Round 2. Knit 2 stitches, then purl 1 stitch all the way around
- Round 3. Knit 2 stitches, purl 1 stitch, Knit 2 stitches together, purl 1 stitch all the way around
- Round 4. Knit all the way around
- Round 5. Knit 3 stitches, knit 2 stitches together all the way around
- Round 6. Knit all the way around
- Round 7. Knit 2 stitches, knit 2 stitches together all the way around
- Round 8. Knit 1 stitch, knit 2 stitches together all the way around
- Round 9. Knit 2 stitches together all the way around
Cut yarn with a 6 inch end. Draw through remaining stitches to sew hat up. Thread all ends in to neaten the hat.