Two years ago, more or less, my husband talked me into taking up knitting. Although I have never posted any knitting patterns here, I did knit a scarf, a hat and a couple cowls back in the day. My knitting spree only lasted a couple months. I then picked up crocheting and I haven’t stopped ever since. Why did I quit knitting? I thought I sucked at it and I was really slow.
Fast forward almost two years and for whatever reason, I decided to pick it back up. Perhaps because while I love crocheted items like coozies, purses, clutches, storage bags and of course amigurumi, I still like the look of finished knitted accessories better. i feel like knitting gives me a larger array of possibilities when it comes to hats, cowls and certainly sweaters. So here I am, knitting again.
This hat is a very simple one I made up, just to prove myself I could come up with a very simple pattern and obtain a well fitting garment. It has a thin ribbed brim, which you can make longer if you wish to. The body of the hat is stockinette stitch all the way and it is finished as a multiple of 6 stitches decrease. Whether you are a newbie or an experienced knitter, this hat works up in no time and it makes for a quick, last minute Christmas gift!
Easy PEAsy hat
Gauge 20 st and 30 rows = 4 inches (10 cm)
Yarn used: Berroco Vintage DK in Pea. Substitute for any other DK yarn. I used about 150 yards, which is less than one skein.
Needles: 4 mm (US 6) 16” circular and DPNs or 24′ or larger for magic loop method
Cast on 96 st
Work on 1 x 1 rib (k1, p1) for 1.25 inches or any length you desire
Switch to stockinette stitch (remember in the round stockinette is simply knitting around) and continue knitting for 6” (if you would like a slouchier hat, you can knit for 8” to have a final hat length of 10”)
(K2tog, k14 st, place marker) around (90 st)
(k2tog, k13 st) around (84 st)
(k2tog, k12 st) around (78 st)
(k2tog, k11 st) around (72 st)
(k2tog, k10 st) around (66 st)
continue to decrease in this fashion, k2tog then knit til marker until 6 stitches remain.
Insert your darning needle through the 6 remaining stitches and close the top up. Weave in ends.
Never knit a hat before? here are some useful tutorial links!