It’s time to start posting again. No more holidays, no more craft shows looming on the horizon. (Just an imminent move to another state…)
So here’s the first No-Law Knits post of 2016!
I subscribe to the VeryPinkKnits YouTube channel. If you don’t, you’re missing out. She has THE BEST tutorials. I learned how to “flick” knit by watching her videos and now I knit SO. MUCH. FASTER.
Smarten up, people.
Anyway, I got this amazing sock yarn for Christmas and I wanted to do something special with it. The first thing I needed to make was a hat for my husband. Too easy. Bam. Made a hat. But it was too thin 😦
So I (painstakingly) picked up stitches just where the ribbing transitioned into stockinette and made a liner for it. I loved the result – a reversible beanie! But I didn’t like how the ribbing was one-layer and the rest of the hat was 2 layers. Then fate stepped in and showed me this super easy provisional cast on method. Boom! New hat pattern!
I love it! Are you feeling sporty? Wear the super sleek, sexy red side! Feeling a little wild-eyed and don’t want to do your hair today? Wear the rainbow side!
Needles, Notions & Notes
About 40g of each color yarn (my final product weighed 77g)
US sizes 3 & 2 16″ circular needles, set of US 3 dpn
Size E or F (somewhere around there) crochet hook & length of scrap yarn
Tapestry needle, stitch marker
This pattern makes a hat that will fit most adults – there is no stitch pattern to take into account here, so you can adjust this quite easily to fit smaller/bigger heads.
My gauge = 6.5 stitches : 1″
Using the super easy crochet provisional cast on method (linked above) from Very Pink Knits, CO 128 using your US 3 16″ circular needles and your length of scrap yarn.
Join first color and knit all stitches, joining to work in the round when you reach the end of your provisionally CO stitches. Be careful not to twist your CO stitches!
Note: you will work only a portion this side of the hat before transitioning to the other side and working it in its entirety. I suggest starting with a solid/semi-solid color way rather than a variegated one (particularly one that pools like the hat in the photo). That way when you go back and pick up those provisional stitches, you won’t have a noticeable jog in your color way.
Work in stockinette for at least 3 inches, but no more than 5. Then switch to smaller needles and work for 1 inch (about 10 rows).
Purl 2 rounds, switch to second color (if you’re going to make one side variegated or striped, here’s where you start working with that yarn) and work in stockinette, knitting all rounds, for 1″ or 10 rows. Switch back to larger (size 3) needles.
Work in stockinette until piece measures 6″ from purled rounds. Begin crown decrease, changing to dpns when necessary.
*k6, k2tog, repeat from * to end
knit 2 round
*k5, k2tog, repeat from * to end
knit 2 round
…. and so on until you get to
*k1, k2tog, repeat from * to end
knit 1 round
knit 1 round
Cut yarn, sew end through remaining stitches, pull tight. Weave in ends.
And now’s a great time to weave in all the other ends as well. You won’t be able to reach back inside the hat when you complete the other side, so make sure you’re weaving in ends as you go!
Now you’ll go back and complete the first section of the hat. Grab up all those provisionally cast on stitches, join the first yarn color and knit this side of the hat the same as you knit the first: knit in stockinette until piece measures 6″ from purled rounds, then begin the crown decreases, making sure you weave in all ends before you get the the final few rounds.
Fold the hat in on itself so the purled rounds make the brim. The hat sort of naturally stays put because of those two purled rounds, but I wanted to make sure it didn’t get all waffly, so I decided to put a little tassel on the top. I only sewed through both layers of the hat to establish the tassel – after that, I only sewed through the red layer. You can see a little thread at the top of the rainbow side, but I wasn’t too worried about that.
Just needed a little tassel to make it even more awesome. It’s super cozy too!