Yana Knits

Learn to Knit

Black and White: Part 2 White

This is the same hat as the grey one, but made in a round. I personally prefer this method of knitting better for a couple of reasons: you end up with a finished hat as soon as you knit the last stitch (that is, no sewing), and there are no right/wrong sides on the fabric to think about, which reduces the total number of various stitches you need to keep track of. On the other hand, you have to deal with 5 needles instead of 2, which may get a little overwhelming if you’re just starting to knit. Give it a shot, if you feel like, or check out the grey hat description for regular back and forth knitting instructions.

Yarn and Needles

Pattern

This is the exact same pattern chart as the one for the grey hat, but you don’t have to worry about making special adjustments to the way the crosses are made on the wrong side – you’re always working on the right side:

= knit stitch
= purl stitch
= 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)
= 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)
= 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)
= 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)

Gauge

22 stitches x 30 rounds = 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 4.

Process

Cast on 152 stitches using long-tail cast-on on two single-pointed needles US size 6. Move the stitches to 4 double-pointed needles, 38 stitches per needle. To join the beginning and the end stitches, simply knit the first stitch of the next row with the strand of yarn hanging off of the last stitch of the cast-on row.

Woven cable rib:

We will now need to reduce the work to 120 stitches and set it up for the pattern:

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

Begin shaping the crown (reducing 8 stitches in every round):

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