I made this hat overnight (clever, huh?) after searching for a week for the first hat I made (and my favorite). I fear the first hat is forever gone. :(
I'm in love with this hat! I think it'll be next on my list. :)
Okay, so my instructions aren’t standard. And I don’t know how specific to be since you all are at different levels. So, if ya don’t get it, let me know. Anyway, here it is:
Yarn: Two cool colors of sport or worsted weight acrylic yarns (I chose teal (MC)and baby blue (CC) worsted weight)
Needles: I used size 5-7 (us) circulars and/or just double pointed (the intarsia is easier for me on circulars so I start with small circulars and end with double pointed.)
Make a swatch with a k4, p1 rib to determine number of stitches to fit around your head. The star pattern is 10 stitches across so the cast on should be divisible by 10 (round down so the hat will stretch ). Loosely (double up your needles) cast on your stitches (I ended up with 100 sts). Knit several rows k4, p1 repeated until you have an inch to an inch and a half. Then knit two rows with the CC using the same pattern.
[=] : purl (MC)
[ ] : knit (MC)
[o] : knit (CC)
Row 12 [=][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ]
Row 11 [=][ ][ ][ ][ ][o][ ][ ][ ][ ]
Row 10 [=][ ][ ][ ][ ][o][ ][ ][ ][ ]
Row 9 [=][ ][ ][ ][o][o][o][ ][ ][ ]
Row 8 [=][ ][ ][ ][o][o][o][ ][ ][ ]
Row 7 [=][o][o][o][o][o][o][o][o][o]
Row 6 [=][ ][o][o][o][o][o][o][o][ ]
Row 5 [=][ ][ ][o][o][o][o][o][ ][ ]
Row 4 [=][ ][ ][o][o][o][o][o][ ][ ]
Row 3 [=][ ][o][o][o][ ][o][o][o][ ]
Row 2 [=][ ][o][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][o][ ]
Row 1 [=][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ][ ]
(Yes, the rib is broken from 4:1 to 9:1 because the star wouldn’t look as pretty if it had a rib running through it in my opinion.)
Do another two rows with the CC and go back to the k4, p1, pattern. Using the MC knit a couple more rows (Switching to the double pointed if you started with circulars). Now, here’s where it becomes more up to you how you do it. What I do is start decreasing about 5 cm from the end, starting with a row of: k1, k2tog, k1, p1. Knit a few more rows (k3, p1). Decrease again (k2tog, k1, p1). Knit some rows (k2, p1). Decrease (k2tog, p1). Knit a row (k1, p1). The last few rows should all be with decreases (and you can do them all with the knit stitch) until you end up with less than 10 stitches on the needles. Instead of binding off, cut the yarn so you have about 6 inches of tail. Using a crochet hook, tapestry needle, or knitting needle string the tail through the last stitches, this will close the hole on top tighter than binding off. Bring the tail to the inside of the hat and tie a knot.
Cosmo, buddy... where is the pattern of this hat for all your pals at MenWhoKnit? Have you suddenly decided to blind us with a big stick of "up-yers"? POST IT for all, don't tease us with a mention of 'ask me and I might tell you'. C'mon, dude... share with us, like we've shared with you.
Great job. The fit looks terrific. Always a bit sad to lose a favorite knitted creation. The upside is we get to create a new one. Keep at them.
Yes, it might be in the fashion show. It took 6 hours. I used size 7 circulars and size 5 double pointed with an acrylic/wool blend. And if you'd like the pattern I can send you a copy. :D
This is lovely! I can see why it was a favourite. What a bugger losing the original. Is it a pattern you designed yourself? What wool and needle size did you use? (Sorry - lots of questions, but it's worthy of such admiration and envy in equal measure)
That is a great hat. Are you willing to share the pattern?
Knit away, knit away
Aww... I'm sorry you lost the first hat you made, but the new one sure looks good!
I admire both your ability and your stamina! Did you have to stay up all night to get it done? And, is the pattern your own making? I like the colours a lot.
that's a pretty nice hat to churn it out overnight! so sorry to hear about the loss of your first born....the hat of course, i hope no one takes offense to that. haha. plan on using that lovely piece in the fashion show?
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