I’ve been knitting for at least half of my life, and when I say knitting, I mean I know how to do a knit stitch. So I’ve knit a lot of scarves in my day. The ocassional blanket, but mostly scarves. Pretty much anything you can straight knit on regular needles. I once tried to make a hat, but I got about 2 rows in, got frustrated, ripped it out and continued on my path of scarfdom. Recently I was reinspired (mostly by boredom) and decided that god damn it I was going to learn to properly knit. And I was going to make a hat if it killed me.
And it didn’t kill me! I adapted a couple patterns to make it a little easier for me, and learned how to do a purl stitch here. Because knitting on straight needles is what I was most comfortable with, it’s what I did with this hat. Knitting in the round does make much nicer edges, but for a beginning knitter, it’s easier to start on straight needles.
What you’ll need:
– Size 10 knitting needles (these are a pretty standard size, so they’re a good first pair)
– Yarn – I used Loops & Thread Impeccable. Look for a medium weight.
– Tapestry needle.
How to knit:
Cast on 68 stitches
Row 1(RS): K2, P1 Row 2(WS): P2, K1
Repeat that pattern for either 5 or 7 rows, depending on how thick a cuff you want. I used 7 in the yellow hat above. Just be sure to do an odd number of rows so you end on the right side.
Rows 3 & On: Knit! Continue knitting until your hat measures about 6 inches, making sure to end on a RS row. This will fit the average woman’s head. For a man or a large headed person, knit an additional 2″ before decreasing.
Row 1(WS): K7, K2Together, K7. Repeat to end of row
Row 2 & all RS Rows: Knit
Row 3: K1 *K2Tog, K5. Repeat from * to end of row
Row 5: K1 *K2Tog, K4. ”
Row 7: K1 *K2Tog, K3. ”
Row 9: K1 *K2Tog, K2. ”
Row 11: K1 *K2Tog, K1. ”
Cut a long tail on your yarn, and use your tapestry needle to weave the yarn through the remaining stiches. Pull tightly to close the top, and sew your seam. I like to turn the hat inside out for this, so the outside seam looks tidier.
This hat lends itself really well to customization, you can add stripes if you want to, or it’s a really good one to practice stranded colour work on if you’re learning that! The striped hat on the right has a 5 row brim, while the yellow one has 7. They’re the same size, it’s just the way they’re laying that makes the yellow one look bigger.
I hope you enjoy this pattern!