Sometimes basic is best.  Especially when I’m trying to complete a project quickly and I want to set my hands on automatic.

Case in point?  Making hats for my Knittogether group.  Like I mentioned in my last post, some of the ladies in the group can knit circles (and cables and all sorts of interesting patterns) around me.  While I am very interested in working more complicated patterns, I’m also trying to make as speedily as possible before our Holiday deadline.

Here’s the pattern I’m using to create my very basic knit hat.  I like it because I can plug in a movie at the end of the day & just zone out while my hands make.  I also think the end product is really cute and flattering.  Hope whoever receives this particular hat likes it as much as I do (so tempted to keep this one for myself…)

Materials:

  • For hat body:  1 skein worsted weight yarn (I used Cascade 220 Superwash in the light blue)
  • For hat ribbing:  Scrap worsted weight yarn in a contrasting color (I actually used the slightly thicker Cascade Eco+ wool in this gorgeous bright green)
  • A set of US #8 double pointed needles

Instructions:

  • Cast on 80 stitches.  I cast onto 3 of double pointed needles:  20 on the first, then 30 on each of the other two needles.
  • Join the work in the round.  Be sure the stitches are not twisted.
  • Place a marker so you know where the start of your round is.  When knitting, I use the closed circle markers slid directly on to the knitting needle.  I slide my marker onto the needle after the first 2 stitches at the start of the round.
  • To create the ribbing, just *knit 2, purl 2* for the first 10 rounds.
  • On round 11 –  Switch to knitting only.
  • On round 12 – Change to using your full skein of main colored yarn to create the body of the hat.  Again, use only knit stitch.
  • Continue to knit your rounds for 5 to 6 inches.  In case you didn’t know:  When you continuously knit in the round, you end up with stockinette stitch.  When you use only the knit stitch with the standard two knitting needles, you end up creating a garter stitch.
  • If you want to make your hat slouchier, you can continue knitting a few more inches.  Keep in mind though, that it will take 17 rows (about 2.5 inches) to form the crown of the hat
  • To form the crown of the hat, I decrease by 8 stitches at a time on every other row.
  • Decreasing round 1: Use only knit stitch.  Knit 2 together every 9th stitch.  You should end up with 72 stitches on this round.
  • Decreasing round 2:  Knit the entire round.
  • Decreasing round 3: Use only knit stitch.  Knit 2 together every 8th stitch.  You should end up with 64 stitches on this round.
  • Decreasing round 4:  Knit the entire round.
  • Decreasing round 5:  Use only knit stitch.  Knit 2 together every 7th stitch.  You should end up with 56 stitches on this round.
  • Decreasing round 6:  Knit the entire round.
  • Decreasing round 7:  Use only knit stitch.  Knit 2 together every 6th stitch.  You should end up with 48 stitches on this round.
  • Decreasing round 8:  Knit the entire round.
  • Decreasing round 9:  Use only knit stitch.  Knit 2 together every 5th stitch.  You should end up with 40 stitches on this round.
  • Decreasing round 10:  Knit the entire round.
  • Decreasing round 11:  Use only knit stitch.  Knit 2 together every 4th stitch.  You should end up with 32 stitches on this round.
  • Decreasing round 12:  Knit the entire round.
  • Decreasing round 13:  Use only knit stitch.  Knit 2 together every 3rd stitch.  You should end up with 24 stitches on the round.
  • Decreasing round 14:  Knit the entire round.
  • Decreasing round 15:  Use only the knit stitch.  Knit 2 together every 2nd stitch.  You should end up with 16 stitches on the round.
  • Decreasing round 16:  Knit the entire round.
  • Decreasing round 17:  Knit 2 together.  Repeat this 8 times.  You should end up with 8 stitches on the round.
  • To bind off the last 8 stitches, cut the yarn leaving a longish tail (about 10-12 inches).  Thread the tail of the yarn though a tapestry needle.  Then run the yarn through the remaining stitches as you pull the stitches off the knitting needles.  I make 2 complete loops through all 8 stitches.  Gently tighten on the tail to pull any remaining hole closed at the top of the hat.
  • Weave in all loose ends of yarn.
  • And voila!  You are finished.