Yana Knits

Learn to Knit

Black and White: Part 1 Black

Ever wondered what your hat would look like it if it was knit in the round rather than back and forth on regular single-pointed needles? Or the other way around? Wonder no more – they look exactly the same! It’s a matter of preference how you want to make your hat, the end result is the same. I wanted to write a description of how to knit the same hat both ways, so I made these two: the grey one is made the regular back and forth way and the white one is knit in the round.

Yarn and Needles

The rib on this hat is a different color from the body, but it doesn’t have to be. I figured it would add an interesting element to an otherwise common rib.

Pattern

Here is a pattern chart for those who prefer to use it:

= knit stitch (purl on the wrong side)
= purl stitch (knit on the wrong side)
=cross 2 purl right (take the purl and the following knit stitches off the left needle, slip the knit stitch onto the right needle (in front of the purl one), and the purl stitch back onto the left needle (behind the knit one), then move the knit stitch from the right needle back to the left needle, knit the knit stitch and purl the purl stitch)
NOTE: when working this cross on the wrong side, work the same as above, but slip the knit stitch onto the right needle behind the purl stitch
=cross 2 purl left (take the knit and the following purl stitches off the left needle, slip the purl stitch onto the right needle (behind the knit one), and the knit stitch back onto the left needle (in front of the purl one), then move the purl stitch from the right needle back to the left needle, purl the purl stitch and knit the knit stitch)
NOTE: when working this cross on the wrong side, work the same as above, but slip the knit stitch onto the right needle in front of the purl stitch
=cross 2 knit right (take 2 knit stitches off the left needle, slip the second stitch onto the right needle in front of the first one and the first stitch back onto the left needle, then move the second stitch from the right needle back to the left needle, knit 2 stitches)
NOTE: when working this cross on the wrong side, work the same as above, but slip the second stitch onto the right needle behind the first stitch and purl them both
=cross 2 knit left (take 2 knit stitches off the left needle, slip the second stitch onto the right needle behind the first one and the first stitch back onto the left needle, then move the second stitch from the right needle back to the left needle, knit 2 stitches)
NOTE: when working this cross on the wrong side, work the same as above, but slip the second stitch onto the right needle in front of the first stitch and purl them both

Gauge

22 stitches x 30 rows = 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4 inches)
Note: For the main pattern the number of stitches should be divisible by 30, and the number of stitches for the rib is divisible by 2.

Process

Cast on 104 stitches with light-grey yarn using long-tail cast-on on two single-pointed needles US size 5.

Fisherman’s rib:

Main hat pattern (continue as described below or use the pattern chart above until you start shaping the crown):

Switch to needles size US 6

Begin shaping the crown (reducing 4, 8, or 12 stitches in every row):

Finishing:

We now have 8 stitches left. Break the yarn and draw the end through the 8 stitches starting with the end of the needle. Pull the yarn end inside through the little hole at the very top of the hat and secure it. Stitch the seam.

For the tassel, make a 6 inch I-cord from light-grey yarn as follows: cast on 4 stitches using needles US size 3. Move the stitches to the beginning on the needle (don’t turn your work to the wrong side) and knit all 4 stitches. Repeat the knit row until the I-cord measures 6 inches. Attach a tassel to one end of the I-cord, and attach the other end of the I-cord to the top of the hat.