A recent commission for a hat had me searching for a simple pattern that would work with my gauge using Noro Obi yarn. It's a blend of wool, silk, and a small amount of mohair, fairly pleasant to work with as there isn't enough mohair to shed all over the place. It is a thick-thin yarn, i.e. in some places it is thicker than others.
Still, it's annoying when the range of needle sizes is given as #8 to #10. Is it worsted weight or is it bulky? You decide!
I went for a #9, did the dreaded gauge swatch, and came up with a stitch gauge of 3.5 per inch. I liked the way the resulting fabric looked. Onward to knitting the hat.
I was hoping to find a free pattern that had already done the math for me, but when that failed, I came up with my own. You could adapt this for a smaller head, but if you decide to cast on fewer stitches, do it in multiples of 4 since you are starting with a 2 x 2 rib. You could use a smaller needle instead, or in addition. Then you might not want to knit 8.5 inches from the cast-on edge. You might go 7.5 or 8. But you still have to get that hat to cover the crown of the head! Sometimes you just have to do the math!
This pattern is for a large size hat, hence the name:
BIG GUY BEANIE
1 skein of Noro Obi yarn (or about 125 yards chunky yarn)
#10 needles, 16-inch circular, or size to get gauge
#10 dpns, set of 5
3.5 = 1 inch in stockinette
CO 76 sts, place marker on R needle, and join.
Begin K2, P2 rib every row until you have about 3 inches (about 16 rows or so) from CO edge.
K one row.
K2, P2 rib for another inch.
Change to stockinette st, i.e., k every rnd until hat measures 8.5 inches from CO edge.
Transfer sts evenly to dpns now, or a little later, as you decrease to fewer total sts.
Begin decreases as follows:
Rnd 1: k8, k2tog around (you will have a few sts extra at the end of the rnd, just k them.
Rnd 2 and all even rnds: k
Rnd 3: k7, k2tog around
Rnd 5: k6, k2tog around
Rnd 7: k5, k2tog around
Rnd 9: k4, k2tog around
Rnd 11: k3, k2tog around
Rnd 12: K2, k2tog around
Rnd 13: K1, k2tog around
Rnd: 14: k2tog around
Cut yarn, leaving around 6 to 8 inches of a tail. Using a tapestry needle, weave tail through remaining sts on dpns, then remove dpns. Pull yarn to tighten, poke needle through top of hat, turn hat inside out and weave in ends. Turn hat right side out again, fold up the cuff and you're done!
CO = cast on
dpn(s) = double pointed needle(s)
k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together
p = purl
rnd = round
R = right
st, sts = stitch, stitches
Feel free to contact me with questions or comments!
© 2013 Reyna Thera Lorele