This hat was made using Stylecraft Chunky Yarn 100% acrylic in Denim and Spice available from Deramores. Bamboo needles 6mm and a pom pom maker made using recycled cardboard from a cereal box.
To knit this cosy colourful hat you will need:
100g of chunky yarn or you can mix and match colours (as above) to your own taste just be sure you have sufficient to complete the hat.
1 pair 6mm straight single pointed knitting needles.
Abbreviations: K - knit: P - Purl: K2tog - knit two stitches together knit wise: P2tog - purl two stitches together purl wise: st or sts - stitch/stitches: tog - together: mm - millimetres: * pattern instructions * - repeat/follow the instructions within the asterisks as directed in the pattern.
Cast on 86 stitches using your preferred method. I've used the thumb method because I like the neat result.
1st row: K1 P1 to end
2nd row: P1 K1 to end
These two rows form rib. Repeat rows 1 and 2 three times.
Rows 9 to 11 Knit
Continue in broken rib as follows:
Row 12 (right side): K2 P1 repeat to end
Row 13: Purl
These two rows create the broken rib pattern. Using this pattern continue until knitting measures just over 7 inches ending with a Purl row.
To shape the crown decrease as follows:
Decrease row 1 Right side: *K1, P1, K1, P2tog, K2tog, P1, K1 P1, K2tog, P2tog, repeat from * to last 2 sts, K2tog. = 61 stitches.
Row 2: Purl
Decrease row 3: *K1, P1, K2tog, P2tog, repeat from * to last stitch, K1. = 41 sts.
Row 4: Purl
Decrease row 5: *K2tog, P2tog, repeat from * to last st, K1 = 21 sts.
Repeat rows 4 and 5 once = 11 sts.
Leaving a long tail for sewing up, carefully thread the yarn through the remaining stitches and gently slide the stitches from the needle.
If you find it difficult threading the yarn through the stitches use a craft/wool needle: slide the needle through the loops at the bottom of each loop until all loops have yarn passed through them then slide off needle.
Tip: I always slide through the first loop twice, at the beginning and then again at the end to help make an ultra secure fastening.
Pull the loops firmly together. You will see how the hat starts to take shape, then secure the top opening. Continue to sew the side seam being sure you are working on what is going to be the inside of the hat. Fasten off tightly and neatly. Work any ends into the knitting so they don't show.
Congratulations! You've finished knitting a fabulous hat.
Cut some long lengths of yarn, in-between the two pieces of card place another length of yarn. You will use this to tighten the pom pom and stitch it onto the hat so be sure not to inadvertently wrap it into the pom pom as you proceed.
Now, start wrapping your lengths of yarn around the cardboard working from one side to the other. Wrap the yarn evenly as you work from side to side (or around your circle), don't make yarn mountains or leave empty spaces, and don't wrap too tightly as you will need to get scissors into the yarn to cut it. When the pom pom is ready take a pair of sharp scissors and, holding it firmly, cut round the outer edge. Ask someone to hold the pom pom for you if necessary. Then take the two ends of the piece of yarn you placed in-between the card and pull them as tight together as you can. Fasten securely. Remove the card. Trim the pom pom into a good shape cutting off any long ends and sew it into place on your hat.
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