Blue Hat Pink Hat

April 23, 2008




These two hats are almost identical – they use the same pattern for the main part but different ones for the rib. The hats are made in the round, contain nothing but purl and knit stitches, and are therefore very easy to make. Plus they look great! Give them a try.

Yarn and Needles

I used two colors of yarn for each hat, but the blue one will look great even if you don’t add a dark stripe in the rib. The pink hat looks a bit nicer with two colors – besides, I wanted to try to knit double-sided fabric.

For the blue hat:

  • 1 skein of sport weight blue yarn
  • A little bit of darker blue yarn – enough to knit 2 rounds
  • 5 double-pointed needles size US 3

For the pink hat:

  • 1 skein of sport weight pink yarn
  • A little bit of purple yarn – enough to knit 6 rounds
  • 5 double-pointed needles size US 2 for the rib
  • 5 double-pointed needles size US 3 for the rest of the hat

Pattern

For those who prefer a pattern chart, here it is

= knit stitch
= purl stitch
= cable 4 front (take 4 knit stitches off the left needle, slip stitches 3 and 4 on the right needle, and stitches 2 and 1 back on the left needle, then move stitches 3 and 4 from the right needle back to the left needle, knit all 4 stitches)

Gauge

26 stitches x 36 rounds = 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4 inches)
The measurements provided will make a hat that fits a 58-59 cm (23 inch) head

Process

Cast on 140 stitches using long-tail cast-on on two regular needles. Move the stitches to 4 double-pointed needles, 35 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.

Blue hat rib (needles size 3):

  • Round 1: *k4, p3*; repeat from * to * to the end (20 times)
  • Round 2: repeat round 1
  • Round 3: *cable 4 front, p3, k4, p3*; repeat from * to * to the end (10 times)
  • Round 4: repeat round 1
  • Rounds 5&6 (optionally in dark color): repeat round 1
  • Round 7: repeat round 1
  • Round 8: repeat round 3
  • Round 9: repeat round 1

Continue in the pattern described below or use the pattern chart above

Pink hat rib (needles size 2):

Cast-on 140 stitches using pink yarn

  • Round 1 (pink): k f&b (knit front and back) every stitch (= 280 stitches total)
  • Round 2 (pink): *[k1,yf,sl1,yb] 4 times, [yb,sl1,yf,p1] 3 times*, repeat from * to * to the end (20 times). Basically, what we do here is skip every other stitch. Yf,sl1,yb means that you slide one stitch to the right needle without knitting it and keeping the yarn in front of the stitch. Yb,sl1,yf – slide one stitch to the right needle keeping the yarn in the back.

Join the purple yarn

  • Round 3 (purple): *[yb,sl1,yf,p1] 4 times, [p1,yf,sl1,yb] 3 times* repeat from * to * to the end (20 times)
  • Rounds 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 (pink): repeat round 2
  • Rounds 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 (purple): repeat round 3
  • Round 14 (pink): *[k2tog (the pink stitch+the next purple stitch) through the back of the loop] 4 times, p2tog (the purple stitch+the next pink stitch) through the front of the loop] 3 times* , repeat from * to * to the end (20 times)

Continue in the pattern described below or use the pattern chart above

Main hat pattern

  • Rounds 1&2: k1, [p2,k2,p8,k2] 10 times, k1
  • Rounds 3&4: [p4,k2,p6,k2] 10 times
  • Rounds 5&6: p5, [k2,p4,k2,p6] 9 times, k2,p4,k2,p1
  • Rounds 7&8: p6, [k2,p2,k2,p8] 9 times, k2,p2,k2,p2
  • Rounds 9&10: p7, [k4,p10] 9 times, k4,p3
  • Round 11: repeat round 9 but when you come to the 4 knit stitches, cable 4 front
  • Round 12: repeat round 9
  • Rounds 13&14: repeat rounds 7&8
  • Rounds 15&16: repeat rounds 5&6
  • Rounds 17&18: repeat rounds 3&4
  • Rounds 19&20: repeat rounds 1&2
  • Rounds 21&22: [k4, p10] 10 times
  • Round 23: repeat round 21 but when you come to the 4 knit stitches, cable 4 front (link)
  • Round 24: repeat round 21
  • Rounds 25&26: repeat rounds 1&2
  • Rounds 27&28: repeat rounds 3&4
  • Rounds 29&30: repeat rounds 5&6
  • Rounds 31&32: repeat rounds 7&8
  • Rounds 33, 34, 35&36: repeat rounds 9, 10, 11&12

Begin shaping the crown (note: in even numbered crown rounds purl all purl stitches and knit all knit stitches):

  • Crown round 1: p6, [k2,p2tog (the purl stitch+the next knit stitch),k2,p8] 9 times, k2,p2tog,k2,p2
  • Crown round 3: p5, [k2, p1, p2tog,k2,p6] 9 times, k2,p1,p2tog,k2,p1
  • Crown round 5: p4, [k2,p2,p2tog,k2,p4] 9 times, k2,p2,p2tog,k2
  • Crown round 7: k1,p2, [k2,p3,p2tog,k2] 9 times, k2,p3,p2tog,k1
  • Crown round 9: [k4,p4,p2tog] 10 times
  • Crown round 11: repeat crown round 9 but when you come to the 4 knit stitches, cable 4 front
  • Crown round 13: k1, [p2tog,k2,p3,k2] 9 times, p2tog,k2,p3,k1
  • Crown round 15: [p1,p2tog,k2,p1,k2] 10 times
  • Crown round 17: p1,p2tog, [k3,p2,p2tog] 9 times, k3,p1
  • Crown round 19: p2tog (the 2 purled stitches), [k3,p1,p2tog] 9 times, k3,p1
  • Crown round 21: p1, [k2tog,k1,p2] 9 times, k2tog,k1,p1
  • Crown round 23: move the first purl stitch from the left needle to the right needle without purling it. It will be purled together with the previous purl stitch on the right needle at the end of the round. [k2, p2tog] 10 times
  • Crown round 25: [k2tog,p1] 10 times
  • Crown round 27: k2tog (the knit and the purl stitch) 10 times

Do not knit round 28. You should now have 10 stitches left. Break the yarn and draw the end through the 10 stitches starting with the beginning needle. Pull the end inside through the little hole at the very top of the hat and secure it.

Weave in the ends of the yarns from the rib.