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Pattern: Ski Hat With Giant Pompom

Dec 25

Ski Hat with Giant Pompom

Ski Hat with Giant Pompom

Ski Hat with Giant Pompom

Ski Hat with Giant Pompom

Ski Hat with Giant Pompom

Materials:
2 Balls Lion Brand Yarn Lion Wool, Color 187 Goldenrod, 158 yards, $5.99
Stitch Marker
Tapestry Needle

Needles:
US Size 5 [3.75mm] Addi Turbo Circular Knitting Needles, 16inch
US Size 5 [3.75mm] Double Pointed Knitting Needles (dpns)
Cable Needle

Measurements:
23″ circumference
8″ inches high

Gauge:
4.5 Stitches per Inch
5 Rows per Inch

Skill Level: Intermediate

Pattern:
This pattern is meant to make a reversible hat with 2 colors. If using only one color, simply ignore color changes.

Body:
Cast On 162 stitches.
Round 1: Color A [K1, bring yarn forward, slip next stitch purlwise, bring yarn back]. Repeat from [...] until end of round.
Round 2: Color B [slip next stitch purlwise, bring yarn forward, P1, bring yarn back]. Repeat from [...] until end of round.
Round 3 – 80: Repeat Rounds 1-2 for 39 more times. Or until hat measure 6.5 inches tall. Make sure to end on Round 2.

Begin Decrease Rounds:
Decrease Round 1: Color A: *[K1, bring yarn forward, slip 1, bring yarn back] 7 times, slip next stitch (color A) purlwise, place next stitch (color B) on cable needle and hold at back, place first stitch back on left needle and knit it together with next stitch (both stitches should be color A), bring yarn to front, place color B stitch back from cable needle onto left needle, slip both color B stitches purlwise, bring yarn back*. Repeat from * to * until end of round.
Decrease Round 2: Color B: *[slip next stitch purlwise, bring yarn forward, P1, bring yarn back] 7 times, slip next stitch purlwise (should be the stitch you decreased above), bring yarn forward, P2tog (both stitches should be color B), bring yarn back*. Repeat from * to * until end of round. (144 stitches)
Decrease Round 3: Repeat Round 1 (of original pattern).
Decrease Round 4: Repeat Round 2 (of original pattern).
Decrease Round 5: Repeat Decrease Round 1 but substitute “7 times” for “6 times”.
Decrease Round 6: Repeat Decrease Round 2 but substitute “7 times” for “6 times”. (126 stitches)
Decrease Round 7-8: Repeat Round 1-2 (of original pattern).
Decrease Round 9-10: Repeat Decrease Round 1-2 but substitute “7 times” for “5 times”. (108 stitches)
Decrease Round 11-12: Repeat Round 1-2 (of original pattern).
Decrease Round 13-14: Repeat Decrease Round 1-2 but substitute “7 times” for “4 times”. (90 stitches)
Decrease Round 15-16: Repeat Round 1-2 (of original pattern).
Decrease Round 17-18: Repeat Decrease Round 1-2 but substitute “7 times” for “3 times”. (72 stitches)
Decrease Round 19-20: Repeat Round 1-2 (of original pattern).
Decrease Round 21-22: Repeat Decrease Round 1-2 but substitute “7 times” for “2 times”. (54 stitches)
Decrease Round 23-24: Repeat Decrease Round 1-2 but substitute “7 times” for “1 times”. (36 stitches)
Decrease Round 25-26: K2tog/P2tog around (slipping stitches only to rearrange them). (18 stitches)

Finish:
Cut yarn ends leaving 8″ tail. Thread each yarn end onto tapestry needle and through like-colored stitches. Cinch yarn end to close the top of each side of the hat. Weave ends in on each side by following the path of the stitches (like duplicate stitch) so they are not visible.

Make oversized pompom. Approx. 3 inches wide. Make sure to leave ample tail for attaching. Attach pompom.

Weave in ends.

*Add a Ribbed Brim to the hat if you like by following my instructions here.

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How to Make a Perfect Pompom
I wanted a good fat puffy GIANT POMPOM! I also wanted to make make sure it was about 2.5 to 3 inches wide. But i didnt want to spend money or buy extra junk like a pompom maker, so I came up with an easy way to make a pompom template.

All you need is some scrap cardboard, scissors, a mug and a quarter or an old CD to use as stencils.

Make 2 rings (like a donut shape), cut a slit through the rings making the donut shape into a C-shape. Widen the slit by trimming some more off the ends so it’s easy to pass the yarn through.

Take yarn, wrap around the C-shape as if you’re trying to make a yarn covered “C”. No need for needles or pre-cutting yarn. Just slip yarn through the slit to wrap. This way there’s no wasted yarn, the working end of the yarn is coming straight from the ball and you’ll never run out.

To make sure the pompom comes out the size needed: e.g. If you need a 3 inch pompom, the rings have to be about 1.5 inches thick (plus a little extra for trimming).

When full enough, snip edges, pull yarn tail through, cinch, and tie. Fluff and trim making sure to not trim off yarn tail. You’ll need that to attach the pompom.

Here are some other great references with detailed photos on how to make a pompom:
www.inklingsandyarns.com
www.prudentbaby.com
www.classiceliteyarns.com
www.ehow.com

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Pattern: Boyfriend Hat

May 07

Boyfriend Hat - Rib View

This knit hat is reversible! And both sides have a lovely texture depending on the look you want to achieve. It’s soft and cozy but is chunky and has body, so there is no drape or slouch in this hat. Knits up quick (takes about 1 evening!) and is super simple. Perfect for a quick last minute gift. Super Bulky Weight yarn FTW!

Boyfriend Hat - Rib Close-up Boyfriend Hat - Reverse Rib Close-up Boyfriend Hat - Changing Needles

Materials:
1.25 Ball Lion Brand Yarn Hometown USA, Color #303 Cambridge Tweed, Super Bulky Weight, 94% Acrylic 6% Rayon, 64 yards, $5.29
Jumbo Stitch Markers, Crochet Hook or Darning Needle

Needles:
US 11 [8.00mm] in 16″ Circular Knitting Needles
US 11 [8.00mm] Double Pointed Knitting Needles
Crochet Hook Size N [9.00mm] (Optional)

Measurements:
12.5 inches (W) x 14 inches (H)
Circumference: 22 inches

Gauge:
12 stitches per 4″
12 rows per 4″
(in K1, P2 Rib)

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Pattern:
Body:
Cast on 42 sts
Rounds 1-20: [K1, P2] until end of round.
Or until hat measures about 6.5 inches tall.

Crown/Decrease Rows: (Do all decreases purl-wise)
Row 1: {K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, dec, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, dec}. Repeat {…} once.
Row 2: {K1, P2, K1, P2, dec, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, P2, dec}. Repeat {…} once.
Row 3: {K1, P2, K1, P1, dec, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, dec, P1}. Repeat {…} once.
Row 4: {K1, P2, K1, dec, K1, P2, K1, P2, K1, dec}. Repeat {…} once.
Row 5: {K1, P2, dec, K1, P2, K1, P2, dec}. Repeat {…} once.
Row 6: {K1, P1, dec, K1, P2, K1, dec, P1}. Repeat {…} once.
Row 7: {K1, dec, K1, P2, K1, dec}. Repeat {…} once.
Row 8: {dec, K1, P2, dec}. Repeat {…} once.
Row 9: Dec 4
2.5 inches tall

Finish :
Break yarn. Thread through remaining loops. Cinch and fasten off. Weave in ends.

Optional Edging:
Crochet Hook N [9.00mm]
Turn hat inside out.
Single Crochet all the way around edge or brim of hat into the front loops of the cast on stitches. 1 round.
Bind off. Weave in ends. Voila!

Boyfriend Hat - Rib View

Notes:
The hat shape wasn’t right. The fit/style was really pointy giving it a gnome-ish shape. Kind of like a garden gnome (Steve Zissou) style hat.

Next time I may change the decrease rows slightly. I would add a knit row between every decrease round to give it a more graceful decrease. I would also remove the last decrease row and end the hat at Decrease Row 8.

This hat can be folded up for a snugger fit. Simply fold up the brim and pull all the way down for a cat burglar hat type fit.

This hat is knitted in the round from the brim up to the crown.

Sizing: This hat was measured flat right before wearing. The hat will stretch both in the width and the height.

Some other “Boyfriend Hat” patterns I found while googling with 2 very different looks:

Quilted Lion Hat
By Stephanie Nicole
I like the decreases in this hat as well although a very different style than the right. She gives away the pattern for free on Ravelry!

Boyfriend Hat by Bleu Arts Boyfriend Hat by Bleu Arts Boyfriend Hat by Bleu Arts
By Bleu Arts
Love this beautifully designed and knitted hat. The brim detail and simple refined decreases in the crown combined with the yarn and gauge give it an elegant yet casual style. She uses Cascade 220, one of my fave yarns! Knits up beautifully and is very affordable. She did a whole “Boyfriend Hat” series and the patterns are for sale on her Etsy! $6.95

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Pattern: Slouchy Hat Womens

Mar 29

Slouchy Hat WomensThis hat is light, easy to wear, and great for Spring! I made this hat for myself! I first made the Mens Version (for a man) of this pattern and liked the style but didn’t like the fit the first time around. So this time, I adjusted the pattern accordingly. It’s an easy knitting hat, great for a commute project on the train or on the plane, and great for practicing Circular Knitting, using Circular Needles, and even switching up your knitting styles. Try Continental instead of English. Or vice versa!

More pics coming soon! Photo Booth pic for now ==>

Materials:
1 Ball Knit Picks Stroll Multi in Vintage Multi, Fingering Weight, 75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon, 231 yards, $5.99
Stitch Markers, Darning Needle

Needles:
US 3 [3.25mm] in 16″ Circular Knitting Needles
US 5 [3.75mm] in 16″ Circular Knitting Needles
US 5 [3.75mm] Double Pointed Knitting Needles, Set of 4

Measurements:
10.25 inches (W) x 13 inches (H)
Circumference: 20.5 inches

Gauge:
26 sts and 34 rows = 4″ with larger needles in stocking st

Skill Level: Easy Intermediate

Slouchy Hat Womens
Slouchy Hat Womens
Slouchy Hat Womens

Pattern:
Free from Patons – Patons Kroy Socks Basic Beanie. The pattern below is a modified version of the Women’s Size Hat in the Slouchy Fit. I took out a few stitches and rows from the original pattern. [pdf]

Brim:
Begin with smaller circular needle. Cast on 120 sts.
Place stitch marker. Join for working in round.
[K2, P2] every round until brim measures about 4″ tall.
Total: 34 rows, 4 inches.

Body:
Change to larger circular needle.
Knit (K) every round until Body measures about 7″ tall.
Total: 45 rows, 6 inches.

Finish:
Round 1: *K2tog. K26. ssk. Rep from * around. 112 sts.
2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th Rounds: Knit.
Round 3: *K2tog. K24. ssk. Rep from * around. 104 sts.
Round 5: *K2tog. K22. ssk. Rep from * around. 96 sts.
Round 7: *K2tog. K20. ssk. Rep from * around. 88 sts.
Round 9: *K2tog. K18. ssk. Rep from * around. 80 sts.

Begin decrease in every round:
Round 11: *K2tog. K16. ssk. Rep from * around. 72 sts.
Round 12: *K2tog. K14. ssk. Rep from * around. 64 sts.
Round 13: *K2tog. K12. ssk. Rep from * around. 56 sts.
Round 14: *K2tog. K10. ssk. Rep from * around. 48 sts.
Round 15: *K2tog. K8. ssk. Rep from * around. 40 sts.
Round 16: *K2tog. K6. ssk. Rep from * around. 32 sts.
Round 17: *K2tog. K4. ssk. Rep from * around. 24 sts.
Round 18: *K2tog. K2. ssk. Rep from * around. 16 sts.
Total: 18 rows, 3 inches.

Break yarn. Thread through remaining stitches. Draw up tightly and fasten securely. Weave in ends.

Changing needlesNotes:
This is a one skein hat! So 1 ball of Knit Picks Stroll was enough for the entire hat. With enough left over for a tiny pom-pom if desired! The yarn is also very lightweight making it perfect for spring or as a year round accessory.

For this Women’s Hat I should have kept the brim to 27 rows or 3.5 inches. But I wasn’t paying attention and flew right passed it. If I did, I would have had even more yarn left over.

I ended up not loving my choice of colorways this time. Perhaps something more feminine and monochromatic rather than contrasty. The color scheme in this one makes it way too sporty and not versatile enough.

See my Men’s Slouchy Hat Pattern for more detailed notes on Sizing, Needles, and Yarn.

Knit Picks Stroll YarnSizing and Gauge:
Width: 10.25 inches
Height: 13 inches
Brim Circumference: About 20.5 inches

PERFECT FIT!!! Exactly the right fit and drape. I originally made this hat in the Men’s Size first but found that the pattern yielded a hat that was way too loose (for a man). Plus, as the day wore on the hat got looser and looser.

So this time around when I knitted the Women’s Size, I took a few stitches off the Women’s Size Pattern as well and modified the pattern respectively and it was a perfect fit. I test wore this hat all day today and it’s still wearing great! In total it is about 1-2 inches in both width and height smaller than the Men’s Slouchy Hat I made.

This hat size and pattern is also suitable for Mens! It might be a better fit than the Men’s Size Hat for Men even!

Patons Kroy Socks Beanie Hat
Version 1: Regular Fit Hat ~ Version 2: Slouchy Fit Hat

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Pattern: Slouchy Hat

Feb 21

Patons Kroy Socks Beanie HatThis simple slouchy hat is basically done in 2×2 Rib Stitch and Knit Stitch. A great way to practice Circular Knitting, changing needles, and using Circular Needles and Double Pointed Needles (DPNs).

Here is the Slouchy Hat worn folded up for less slouch! I made this for my darling BF who wasn’t 100% in love with the slouchy hat! He did not want to look like Ashton Kutcher, Brad Pitt, Maddox Jolie-Pitt, etc… A.k.a. the Japanese Hipster look circa 2005… Le sigh. Fair enough.

I think the slouchy look is classic enough these days so I still like it for both girls and guys. Perhaps next time I will reduce the sag. Or use a different yarn or color scheme to downplay the slouch look.

Trying the hat on for fit

Materials:
1-2 Balls Knit Picks Stroll Multi in Lily Pad Multi, Fingering Weight, 75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon, 231 yards, $5.99
Stitch Markers, Darning Needle

Needles:
US 3 [3.25mm] in 16″ Circular Knitting Needles
US 5 [3.75mm] in 16″ Circular Knitting Needles
US 5 [3.75mm] Double Pointed Knitting Needles, Set of 4

Measurements:
11 inches (W) x 14 inches (H)
Circumference: 22 inches

Gauge:
26 sts and 34 rows = 4″ with larger needles in stocking st

Skill Level: Easy Intermediate

Working on the body of the hat using circular needles
Working on the decreases for the crown of the hat using double pointed needles
Top View
Knit Picks Stroll Yarn

Pattern:
Free from Patons – Patons Kroy Socks Basic Beanie. The pattern below is a modified version of the Men’s Size Hat in the Slouchy Fit. I decreased the brim height and increased the body height of the hat. [pdf]

Brim:
Begin with smaller circular needle. Cast on 136 sts.
Place stitch marker. Join for working in round.
[K2, P2] every round until brim measures about 4″ tall.
Total: 27 rows, 3.5 inches.

Body:
Change to larger circular needle.
Knit (K) every round until Body measures about 7″ tall.
Total: 51 rows, 7 inches.

Finish:
Round 1: *K2tog. K30. ssk. Rep from * around. 128 sts.
2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th, 12th and 14th Rounds: Knit.
Round 3: *K2tog. K28. ssk. Rep from * around. 120 sts.
Round 5: *K2tog. K26. ssk. Rep from * around. 112 sts.
Round 7: *K2tog. K24. ssk. Rep from * around. 104 sts.
Round 9: *K2tog. K22. ssk. Rep from * around. 96 sts.
Round 11: *K2tog. K20. ssk. Rep from * around. 88 sts.
Round 13: *K2tog. K18. ssk. Rep from * around. 80 sts.

Begin decrease in every round:
Round 15: *K2tog. K16. ssk. Rep from * around. 72 sts.
Round 16: *K2tog. K14. ssk. Rep from * around. 64 sts.
Round 17: *K2tog. K12. ssk. Rep from * around. 56 sts.
Round 18: *K2tog. K10. ssk. Rep from * around. 48 sts.
Round 19: *K2tog. K8. ssk. Rep from * around. 40 sts.
Round 20: *K2tog. K6. ssk. Rep from * around. 32 sts.
Round 21: *K2tog. K4. ssk. Rep from * around. 24 sts.
Round 22: *K2tog. K2. ssk. Rep from * around. 16 sts.
Total: 22 rows, 3.5 inches.


Break yarn. Thread through remaining stitches. Draw up tightly and fasten securely. Weave in ends.

Size and shape of the hat after blocking
Patons Kroy Socks Beanie Hat
Changing needles

Notes:
The Knit Picks Stroll Sock Yarn striped up really neat. Depending on the needle size you use and the size of your project, you will get delightfully unique and irregular striping! I only used about 1.25 balls.

For my needles, I used 20″ circular needles which also fit. I used my fave ones – Addi Turbos! They are metal needles so creamy and zippy. If you like natural materials, Clover Takumi Velvets are my fave! They are bamboo and a close second to the Addi Turbos for me. The hat can also be knit using Double Pointed Needles only. You can save yourself from needing a third set of needles this way.

I used this hat to practice my Continental Knitting. It’s a straight shot and you’re doing primarily Knit Stitch, so it’s a great way to practice a different type of knitting hold. I’m an English Knitter, so I hold the yarn from the ball in my right hand and throw the yarn over my working needle. Continental Knitters hold the yarn steady in their left hands and pick the yarn. It’s a slightly different way of knitting. It all creates the same stitches, just in a different way.

The pattern comes in 2 sizes and 2 versions – Men’s or Women’s Size and Regular or Slouchy Fit.
<== Left: Slouchy Fit Hat; Right: Regular Fit Hat

Sizing and Gauge:
Width: 11 inches
Height: 14 inches
Brim Circumference: About 22 inches

The above measurements were taken before the hat was worn! I made this hat with the intention of it fitting very large sized heads. Hence the extra height in the body. But it still turned out too wide in the brim. As the day wore on the hat got looser and looser.

The number of stitches were correct. I double checked the gauge and it seemed right. I tried on the hat as I went, since the brim is knitted up first, and it fit fine too. Some factors could have been: I’m a loose knitter and I knitted even looser because I was knitting to fit a large-sized head; the rib knit in the brim will stretch and loosen up as the day goes on; I also noticed that after I blocked the piece it stretched out and got floppier.

Next time I will make the Womens Size Hat and also shorten the body by at least 1-2 inches.

Side View - Slouchy Hat folded up for less slouch! Front View - Slouchy Hat Front View - Slouchy Hat Hat pulled down. It's huge! - Slouchy Hat

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