I am back! Sorry for skipping out on everyone the last week. I was enjoying my vacation in Maine, far too much.
(This is the cove behind the house I was staying in. It was so beautiful.)
Now, onto knitting!
It is that season again. The chill is back, and we would like to keep our heads and ears nice and warm this year. As a knitter it is no problem. As long as you have some needles and yarn; you can whip up a nice head topper in no time.
There are scores of ideas and patterns for hats everywhere you look. Simply search on Pinterest: Knitted Hat. You will find thousands of styles, colors, and levels. The best thing about hats is it can all be up to your own interpretation! You don’t have to follow any rules when knitting a hat. It can be knit flat, and seamed up the side. It can be cinched closed. You can decrease, or you can start from the top and increase. You can have ribbing, you can have a cuff, and you can have a pom-pom. It is your decision and they are endless.
Simply rally your circular needles, or your DPN’s and get to work. So don’t be scared. A typical hat shape is simply a long tube that is cinched closed on one end.
So, to introduce you to knitting hats, I have written a pattern, or “guidelines” if you would prefer to knit a simple hat. This pattern if followed to the tee, will create an adult sized, slouchy beanie. But, the design, the color, the size, it can all be up to you. As you can see below, I have made this hat in many different versions. So don’t be scared to stretch your designing fingers, and create something new!
Using a worsted weight yarn (I knit my hats in Wool of the Andes found here)
Cast on 35 stitches onto three double pointed needles, or 105 stitches onto a circular needle, placing a marker after each set of 35 stitches.
Work in knit one; purl one rib until your hat measures 4 inches. Or work whatever style ribbing you like.
Knit one row, increasing every 6th stitch, giving you 40 stitches per needles, or 120 stitches in total.
Continue knitting, working whatever pattern you choose, until your hat measures 9 inches from cast on. If you would like a fitted hat, or an even longer hat, knit until it is 2 inches from desired length.
Next work your decreases as follows:
Row 1: Knit 1 stitch, knit two together, knit to last 3 stitches, knit two together, knit 1 stitch. Repeat for each needle. If using circulars, work these decreases before and after each marker.
Row 2: Knit one row.
Repeat above two rows until 30 stiches remain. Bind off by taking a needle and yarn and running it through the live stitches on your needles. Pull the yarn to cinch the opening closed.
And there you have it, a nice winter beanie! Top it off with a crazy pom-pom, or leave it looking classy. If you are knitting a hat this winter, post a photo on instagram with the #hatsandmorehats, or comment below. We would love to see what you come up with.
Since it is almost Halloween/Harvest time, I can't help but add a few festive patterns to this post:
Pumpkin hats are so tempting to make:
This fox ear pattern, (written by me) which can easily become cat ears or more:
These adorable tiny pumpkins:
This crazy, but extremely festive Halloween vest:
Thank you for reading!
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