I made this hat for my sweet niece a couple of years back. She is still using it and has received many compliments from strangers as well as friends and teachers. This was also my first try at hat knitting. As back then I didn’t know how to knit in the round, there is a seam in the back and one on top.
I had the following objectives in designing/knitting it:
Knit this on a day when you are bored and have nothing else to do or as a last minute gift for someone special. This pattern is extremely Ez Pzy.
As you read on, you’ll notice I use “omit” this/that in a few place. Use what you have or do what you can, especially when it come to decorating this hat. There are no rules. Give this hat your own touch!
Here We Go:
- Gauge: 5 sts=1 inch
- Needle: Straight or Cable, Size 7 or other size to obtain gauge
- Measurement: 18 (20, 22) inches around x 8(8,9) inches high
- Yarn/s: Choose any yarn you wish and switch needle size to obtain the above gauge. Since it is lined, this hat is a perfect candidate for using your left over scratchy yarns. I have used a very thin glittery yarn interwoven with the solid color in random stripe for a little kick. Feel free to omit.
- Embellishments: The decorative flower is done in crochet. Since I only know a bit of crochet and it is self taught, I will omit the directions. I made 3 separate circular forms and used a button in the center to fasten them together and to the hat. You can knit and felt flowers. Also, consider using different size/color buttons and arrange them in the center front of your hat. I have used buttons in embellishing the tips of each side. You can attach pom poms or omit this step.
- Lining: Small amount of fleece (about 18-22”x8-9”) to match the main yarn color or in contrast color as you wish. I used matching pink color for lining.
- Tapestry Needle
- Sewing Needle
- Cast on 90(100, 110) sts and do 1×1 ribbing (knit 1, purl 1) for 1.5 inches
- Start stockinet (knit one row, purl one row)
- >If using 2 colors, knit the second thin yarn together with the main color randomly at different points. Also, consider having wider stripes in the bottom and narrowing them as you work your way up.
- Continue in pattern until you have 8(8, 9) inches in length (height). Bind off loosely.
- Block the piece by ironing on medium if need be.
- Cut the fleece lining just a tiny bit smaller than finished piece so it fits inside.
- Sew sides and top of the fleece piece together.
- With the wrong side facing, sew sides and top of the knitted piece together using tapestry needle and main color (any stitching you know will do).
- >The side seam will be in the back of the hat leaving the sides seamless.
- With the right sides of both pieces facing out and the inside seems facing each other, start blanket stitching the fleece and knitted pieces together (at the ribbing/bottom of hat). I used the thinner yarn for this purpose.
- Option 1: Knit 2 narrow (cast on 3 sts) and short (about 2 inches) I-cords. Attach to tip of each side. Sew buttons to these, so they dangle on the sides. Option 2: You could always just braid multiple lengths of yarn for this purpose. Option 3: Attach pom poms instead.
- Attach flower or other embellishment to the center front.
You Are Done!
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