So I’ve been knitting a lot lately. Partly because I need something to do while it is so cold outside and partly because I am trying to stay economical and heartfelt in my gift giving this holiday season. I am not going to share everything I am working on at the moment, but I will share this cute little hat that I made one evening last week. It’s a birthday present for my niece, who is turning 2 on December 19th.
Ta-da! Just a couple of hours and some scraps of yarn. I like the pattern because it is super adaptable to needle size and yarn weight. I use circular needles to avoid having to sew up a seam. For this particular hat, I used size 7 needles.
1. Cast on 41 (51, 61, 71, etc) stitches.
2. Work in garter stitch (K every row for regular needles; K one row, P one row for circular needles) for 4-6 rows, depending on how wide you want the band (this was 6 rows).
3. Continue in stockinette stitch (K one row, P one row for regular needles; K every row for circular needles) until the hat is 4-6 inches long.
4. K1; K2tog, K3 (K4, K5, K6, etc)* repeat to the end of the row.
5. Work next row in stockinette stitch. When making larger hats work the next three rows after step 4 in stockinette stitch until you get to K2tog, K3 and then continue as described.
6. K1; K2tog, K2 (K3, K4, K5, etc)* repeat to the end of the row.
7. Work next row in stockinette stitch.
8. K1; K2 tog, K1 (K2, K3, K4, etc)* repeat to the end of the row.
9. Work next row in stockinette stitch.
10. K1; K2tog* repeat to the end of the row – there should be 9 stitches remaining.
11. Work end of yarn through remaining stitches and pull tight to close.
It’s so easy, I may knit one for myself (one can’t have too many hats in Minnesota)…