Sunday, March 25, 2007

Pattern: Your Everyday Winter Hat

I found my old knitting notebook! Hurray! I thought I had lost it, lost it and not just misplaced it, lost it.

This is the first hat I ever knit. Can you believe that although I was queen of socks, I was very intimidated by hat-land. I knew I had to get it over quickly so I found a hat pattern with a bulky gauge. I knit it partway up and I couldn't finish because it was so unspeakably ugly. So I was stuck with these ginormously, large DPN's. what's a gal to do? I decided to knit my own hat based upon my sock experience and this is what I came up with.

It's simple, right? Rolled brim, stockinette, standard crown shaping. But it's economical, ever so warm, and stays on super well. And it knits up in a flash!

Your Everyday Winter Hat

by Miriam Mack

Yarn: Lamb's Pride Bulky
Needles: Size 11 and 13 DPNs
Gauge: 2.5 st/inch

Cast on 51 Stitches on size 13 DPNs. Join in the round without twisting and knit first 4 rounds with size 11 DPNS (stay with 13's if your head is largish). Knit next 20 rounds with US13 DPN for a total of 24 rounds.


Row 1 Knit to last 2 stitches on needle, k2tog. Repeat for next two needles.
Row 2 knit

Repeat rows 1 and 2 two more times (42 Stitches remain)

Row 7 Knit 5, k2tog across entire round (36 sts)
Row 8 Knit
Row 9 Knit 4, k2tog across entire round (30 sts)
Row 10 Knit
Row 11 Knit 3, k2tog across entire round (24 sts)
Row 12 knit
Row 14 Knit 2, k2tog across entire round (18 sts)
Row 15 Knit 1, k2tog across entire round (12 sts)

At this point you can either k2tog across the entire round (6 sts), fasten off and pull end through the remaining loops or do like I did: Slip 3 sts from needle 2 to both needle 1 and 3 and kitchener them together.

I have gotten a few compliments on this hat, but this is the best one. I gave one to my brother for x-mas a couple of years ago, and after leaving my house with it on, he never really took it off that winter. Not only did he wear it everyday, he told me that his wife tried to steal it, too. Here he is with it on. Too cute!

And don't let him know about this. He'd kill me. He's such a smarty-pants. He'sabout to graduate law school and move to California where, sadly, he won't have as much need for woolen hats.


Cayli said...

Don't worry he can wear the hat as a fashion statement rather than for warmth out here! ;)

Larjmarj said...

Nice work! I love making and wearing hats. LP bulky too...I'll bet it works up in a flash.