Hat designJanuary 21, 2010
After looking at many hats and finally deciding against all that I had seen and tried out, I figured I would make my own hat pattern. This is a “little thank you” for donating to the Haiti cause and if you havent this hat would be a treat for any man or women in my opinion. Also it is excellent for those days when you have to shovel out the snow around your car and you have at least 2 feet if not more to shovel.
2 balls (4 ounces,113 grams each) of worsted weight (100% wool or wool blend, I do not think you will use all of the yarn however it is better to be more safe then sorry and if you need more yarn please add more yarn holding 2 strands throught out)
** I used Lamb’s pride worsted weight yarn which is 190 yards (173 meters), this is of course just one ball of yarn. So both balls is a total of 380 yards (346 meters)
Us Size 8 (5.0mm) 16 inch (40cm) circlular or needle size to get guage.
Set of Size 8 (5.0mm) double pointed needles (or size used to get guage)
Guage: 4 stitches to the inch (or 16 sts = 4 ” or 10 cm) in 2×2 rib do not stretch (unstretched)
Pattern Notes: This pattern is for people with a head circumferance of 20 – 21 inches. This pattern might fit a 22 inch head… I am working on a 24 inch head circumference and child’s version please be patient! This pattern will stretch and has not been test knit yet!
Holding 2 strands of yarn through out Cast on 72 sts for a 20-21 inch head circumference
Join in the round being careful not to twist the stitches and place a stitch marker at the beginning of your round.
Work in 2×2 rib for approximately 8 inches (or 20.3 cm), slipping the stitch marker after every round. This will look really really long for a hat but please just trust me.
Tip: At 7 inches (approximately 18cm) you might find that the hat is getting too uncomfortable to knit because of the length what I did was I folded up the bottom portion so that the “cuff” is approximately 2 inches (approximately 5.1 cm)
Rnd 1: *K2,P2 tog repeat from * around. You should have a total of 54 stitches
Rnd 2: Do a K2, P1 ribbing for about 1 inch (2.5cm). I knit a total of 6 rounds giving me a little over an inch. Mark round with another color of yarn or a different color stitch marker so you can easily tell when you have an inch of ribbing. Also include the row you marked in your inch of ribbing. It will looks like this:
Rnd 3: *K2tog,P1 repeat from * around. You should have a total of 36 stitches
Rnd 4: K1.P1 ribbing for about 1 inch (2.5 cm). Mark round with another color of yarn or a different color stitch marker so you can easily tell when you have an inch of ribbing. Also include the row you marked in your inch of ribbing. ** I knit 6 rounds giving me a little over an inch.
change to double pointed needles for the next few rounds.
Rnd 5: *k2tog repeat from * around. You should have a total of 18 stitches
Rnd 6 : Repeat rnd 5. You should have a total of 9 stitches
Cut a tail and thread your tapestry needle. Draw needle through all the loops on your needles. Pull thread snug but not too snug that your yarn breaks!! Fold hat inside out and weave in your ends. Flip right side up and wear folding up the excess!
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