I got a really warm feeling when my sister (Katie) asked me if I'd make her a hat this Christmas. She has in the past been subjected to all kinds of knitted whims so I think rather than risk a pair of knitted knickers (see previous Christmas knits post) she figured that a good offence was the best defence. She sent me a picture of a commercial hat that was broadly like what she wanted so I knew where I was going.
She wanted a super chunky, brightly coloured, huge bobbled BIG hat so off I went to find the right yarn. I couldn't find what I wanted at first because I don't usually knit with super chunky and don't currently stock it (it's a very seasonal weight yarn so I'm holding off this year) but then Eleanor at Knit Nottingham posted a pic of Sirdar Gorgeous in Hot Pink and I thought 'There we go' (sometimes yarn comes to those who procrastinate!).
Sirdar Gorgeous Yarn Cake V. Baa Ram Ewe Doverstone DK Cast on (to scale!)
Which brings me to this post! The following are the notes of how I made the hat. It was 'written' as I knit bits of until it became what Katie liked so it is a bit rough and ready but if you do find yourself in need of a hat that needs super chunky wool and 20mm needles, you'll have a place to start! : )
20mm Needles V. 2.25mm Needles!
Please note: while I have checked this, it is not so much a pattern, rather a 'what I did' and it has not been test knit but if you do decide to make it, I'd love to hear if you have any issues with it. It does assume knowledge of knitting in the round and is written in short hand so please also get in touch if you have any questions!
The 'Lil Sis, Big Hat' Hat, dedicated to my precious Lil Sis x
Yarn, Needles & Notions
Yarn: Single skein Sirdar Gorgeous (150g, 50m/55yrds) (Available from many Local Yarn Stores)
Needles: 20mm needles 120cm for adjusted magic loop (or 20mm DPNs)
Notions: Extra Large Clover Pom Pom Maker (optional), Scissors
This is a very large fit - as you'll see from the pictures. Measured above the ears, my head circumference is 23.5 inches which reenforces how large a fit this hat is. To get a smaller size, reduce the number of stitches by 4.
A really really really big hat!
k – Knit
p – Purl
K2Tog TBL: Knit next 2 stitches together through the back loops
Cast on 28 stitches and join in the round, being careful not to twist.
Work 12 rounds in 1*1 (K1, P1) rib
Crown Decrease Rounds
Round 1: (K1, P1, K2tog TBL) to end (21 stitches)
Round 2: (K1, P1, K1) to end
Round 3: K1, (P1, K2tog tbl) to last two stitches, P1, then slip the remaining stitch to the start of the next round (15 stitches)
Round 4: K2tog tbl, (P1, K1) to last stitch, P1 (14 stitches)
Round 5: K2tog tbl to end
Cut yarn, pull through remaining stitches & secure. Sew in ends
Optional: Make massive pompom & attach
Wear and be jolly (and warm!)!
Now to hats for my dear brothers ... although I think they may need to wait until next year to get a custom design! x
Happy Knitting lovelies,
My Does this look right? Face! No threat to serious designers here!
Oh - Adjusted Magic Loop - Not sure if that's the right term - instead of splitting the stitches in two while knitting the main part of the hat, I just pushed all the stitches around to the needle I was working from, worked them all, and then pushed them around again. I found it easier with the very large needles.