Saturday, May 26, 2018

Easy Chunky Hat

I found this great hat Amy at The Lovely Things posted. (I'm posting her photo)

She found it at the London Loop Knit Lounge where apparently there's a straight needle and circular  needle pattern, but I couldn't find either pattern.   So I took the straight needle pattern from Amy's blog and converted it to a pattern for circular needles pattern.   I also changed the stitch count and decreases as the pattern wasn't working out for me as written.

The finished toque brim measures 19″ around and 9″ from top to bottom.
What you need to know:

Super bulky weight yarn (I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Hudson Bay)
7mm circular needles (7mm are hard to find in US – try 8mm, but will make hat larger in size),
16” length
7mm double pointed needles or longer circular needles (for magic loop method)
Tapestry needle 
[for circular hat pattern – need same size double pointed needles 7mm or 8mm]

What to do:
Cast on 56 stitches, join in the round.
Knit 2, Purl 2 and repeat on each row until you have about 2 inches or until the brim is as wide as you want it to be.
Remember that when you start a new row you need to follow the same stitch as you see. As in if the 2 stitches below where you are are purled, then you need to purl the 2 that will be above it to keep the ribbed look going. This is helpful for if you can’t remember what stitch you’re on!
Knit all rows
Row 1: Knit 5, K2tog, repeat to end (48 stitches total)
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: Knit 4, K2tog, repeat to end (40 stitches left)
Row 4: 
Row 5: Knit 3, K2tog, repeat to end (32 stitches left)
Row 6: 
Row 7: Knit 2, K2tog, repeat to end (24 stitches left)
Row 8: 
Row 9: Knit 1, K2tog, repeat to end (16 stitches left)
Row 10: 
Row 11: K2tog, repeat to end (8 stitches left)
Cut yarn leaving about a 10 inch tail. Thread yarn onto a tapestry needle and carefully remove knitting needle. Run tapestry needle through the remaining 8 stitches and pull tight to close. Pull end through to wrong side and weave in.
I made a pom-pom with a Pom-Pom maker.   I used the Clover size large pack, smaller of the two in the set.