Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Simplest Hats ever.

When I say simple, I mean it's so simple it's ridiculous. I wasn't even sure if I should put up the pattern or not since it is such a generic idea, but I have a tendency to forget the details on how I have knit a certain hat, and I want to be able to make these ones again.

Simplest Hats. Ever. 

Yarn: Bernat Alpaca Natural Blends in black.
Gauge: 4 sts and 5 rows=1 inch square with larger needles
Needles: size 7 (4.5mm) and size 9 (5.5mm) circular needles 16" long.
Size: Made to fit the average guy's head (easily customizable for any size!)
CO 70 sts using smaller needles, place marker and join in the round.
Purl one row, then continue in stockinette stitch (knit every stitch of every row) until it measures 3 inches from the beginning.
Change to larger needles and continue in stockinette stitch until desired length (mine was about 9") make sure you have enough yarn left for a few more rows!
Start decrease as follows:
Round 1: *K1, K2Tog* repeat until last stitch, K1
Round 2: Knit even
Round 3: *K2tog* repeat until end of row
Round 4: Knit even
(Side note here: you might need to use DPNs when you start getting low on stitches, I was able to stretch my stitches on the circular needles enough that I didn't need them)
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail, thread tail through remaining stitches, pull tight and tie to secure. Weave in all your ends, block and Voila! You have a hat.

Told you it was simple, but I love how they come out, they are the perfect guy's hats. I have made 3 and now I'm on my 4th one. I have made them all various lengths and I plan to put them up on my Etsy shop whenever I am ready to re-open it.
If you have any questions, please put them in the comment section. Until next time. Happy Knitting!

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