Friday, December 16, 2011

4 Hour Hat - Bulky

I always find is humorous how crafters are such optimists!  We all think that when it comes to making holiday presents, we are superhuman and can complete 100 handmade gifts in a month!    I am guilty of this.  I will work like a mad woman until the morning of Dec 24 and then I will say, "If it's not done now it's not getting done!"

My daughter said that her boy friend is in need of a new winter hat and that his favorite color is blue.  Well, I happened to have a skein of dark blue Lambs Pride Bulky yarn.  Here's what I whipped up in an evening.




I hope he likes it!  It was super easy and quick:  about 4 hours.  If you'd like to knit one up, here's the instructions

4 Hour Hat
A quick easy hat for the average adult head

Materials
1 skein Lambs Pride Bulky yarn or 125 yds of similar bulky weight yarn
1 16" US 11 circular knitting needle
1 set US 11 double point needles
Marker
Yarn needle

Gauge
14 stitches in 4 inches in stockinette

Skills
Long Tail Cast On
Knit Stitch
Purl Stitch
Knit 2 Together

Instructions
With your circular needles, cast on 60 stitches, using the long tails cast on method

Making sure you don't twist your stitches, join in a circle (slip the first cast on stitch purlwise from the left needle to the right with yarn in back) and place marker.
    (NOTE:  the marker will show the beginning of the round)

Brim
Round 1   *Knit 2 Purl 2* repeat for the entire round
Repeat Round 1 until you have 3 inches of ribbing

Body
Switch to stockinette stitch (knitting every stitch, every round) and knit until your hat is 9 inches measured from the cast on edge.

Crown Shaping
 (Switch to double point needles once you have too few stitches for your circular needle)

Round 1:  *Knit 10, Knit 2 together* repeat 5 times (55 stitches)
Round 2:  *Knit 9, Knit 2 together* repeat 5 times (50 stitches)
Round 3:  *Knit 8, Knit 2 together* repeat 5 times (45 stitches)
Round 4:  *Knit 7, Knit 2 together* repeat 5 times (40 stitches)
Round 5:  *Knit 6, Knit 2 together* repeat 5 times (35 stitches)
Round 6:  *Knit 5, Knit 2 together* repeat 5 times (30 stitches)
Round 7:  *Knit 4, Knit 2 together* repeat 5 times (25 stitches)
Round 8:  *Knit 3, Knit 2 together* repeat 5 times (20 stitches)
Round 9:  *Knit 2, Knit 2 together* repeat 5 times (15 stitches)
Round 10:  *Knit 1, Knit 2 together* repeat 5 times (10 stitches)
Round 11:  Knit 2 together 5 times (5 stitches)

Cut your yarn leaving about a 10 inch tail and using your yarn needle, thread your tail through the 5 live stitches and draw stitches together.  Weave in all ends!

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