The air is turning crisp here, so it invites knitting projects. In 2014 there has been many new babes that are coming into our world. My go to is a knitted hat because it is practical and functional. It's something I can squeeze in a few minutes here and there in the busy routine. I have hard time giving a pattern because I usually just wing my knitted hats and scarves, so I will tell you what I did in this scenario. Also, it all depends on your needles and yarn. I would say these are easy to make if you are comfortable with knitting and have made a few things already. The circular needles do most of the work.
- Clover Takumi, bamboo size 10 1/2 6.5mm 16" circular knitting needles
- Manos Del Uruguay Classic Handspun Semi Solids
- Brittany 5" double sided needles. Size 4-5
- crochet hook
I cast on about 60 stitches give or take. I usually do the first row as a purl stitch all the way around. Then I do the knit stitch. If in a few rows you find that this is looking a little wide, you will want to decrease a stitch as you go to get it to slim out. Then I knit. I knit until I have a shape that is more or less as tall as it is wide. Something squarish. Then you decrease every 10 stitches until your work gets tight. How I do this is I decrease the first two stitches, count that as 1 and 2 (while decreasing), 3, 4, 5...go to ten as usual knit stitches. Decrease the next 1 and 2, count to 10 and repeat. You follow me? Then it eventually gets smaller, and tighter. This is where I will start to continue knitting with the double sided needles and begin decreasing every 7 or 8 stitches. Once that gets tight, I count every 5 stitches, then 4,then 3, then 2, your left with one stitch. I do this pretty organically that I guess the confidence comes with experience. I have made a handful of hats in my day and I tend to not like the way the knitted seams look, so I avoid them in my decreasing methods. I cut the remainder of the string and then pull it through tight. Your done! This is where you can decide how you want the little pointy top to look.
Keeping the above method and lack of pattern above I will explain the differences between these three.
Left: about 1/3 up I added another yarn thread of multi color into the mix. When I was done with the hat, it had two strings sticking up. I then cut 8 more pieces of yarn about 3 1/2 inches and then looped them into the top of the hat with a crochet hook and tied a knot. A little festivity on top!
Middle: One color knitted all the way to the top.
Right: A multi color yarn that changed colors as it went and left one dangle of a string on top.
These hats are soft and cozy and made out of 100% wool, which means it will shrink if not washed cold and carefully. If this hat does make a journey to the washing machine and dryer, that's ok. You will just have a really lovely doll hat for the kiddo to use!