Stocking Hat

Pattern:  Generic Hat
Yarn:  Lamb’s Pride Worsted in Blue Flannel & Creme
Gauge:  4 sts & 7 rows=1" on size 9 (5.5mm) needles
Finished 12/17/06
This was a very simple knit and for anyone who’s interested I’m going to tell you how you can make your own.  First, measure your head and write this number down.  Next knit a swatch.  I shouldn’t have to tell you this, but I am.  Measure your swatch to get the gauge and write these numbers down.  Now, multiply your head measurement (we’ll call it ‘H’) by your stitch gauge (we’ll call it ‘S’) and you’ll get a number.  You can do 1 of 2 things with this number.  You can either subtract 10% from HxS or you can subtract 1" from H.  Round to a divisible by 8 (or 4 if you want to do a little fudging) and cast-on this number of stitches.  Work in 2×2 (or 1×1) rib for 1-2" then switch to stockinette.  Knit round and round until the hat is the length of your hand from palm to middle finger (tip from the Yarn Harlot).  On the next round, decrease 8 sts evenly around.  *Knit even for 1".  Decrease 8 sts evenly around.*  Repeat from *to* until 8 sts remain.  Knit 2 rounds even, k2tog around, break the yarn and pull through the sts.  Here’s my worksheet:
Head=20.5
Stitch Gauge=4
HxS=82 or HxS-10%=73.8 or (H-1)xS=78
I decided to be safe and cast-on 80.  I knitted 14 rows of ribbing (in MC) then stockinette to 49 rows, switching colors as follows:  7 rows CC, 14 rows MC.  On the next row, I knit 4, *k2tog, k 8* 7 times, k2tog, k4.  I then knit 6 rows even and repeated decreasing until 8 stitches remained.  I knit 2 rows even then k2tog around. 
So that’s it!  If you wanted a longer hat you could decrease every 2" or 3"instead of 1" or you could make a regular beanie by decreasing every other round.  Now, try it for yourself!  I used worsted yarn but you could try fingering or bulky weight and see what you get
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About Beth

I'm a SAHM, knitter, spinner, occasional runner, weaver & hermit.
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