Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Well good morning Madame DeFarge


I have been knitting for a few years now, but I am absolutely no expert. I can make a great scarf, but that's about where my talents end. Until this weekend, when I made my first hat! I have always wanted to try making a hat. Hats are so cozy and cute when the weather gets cold. And, it turns out, they are pretty super easy to make.

Knit Hat (pattern by Kathy North at Piece by Piece)

Materials
  • 150 yds. worsted weight wool, acrylic, or blend (I used Plymouth Yarn Encore Colorspun in Shadow)
  • Size 8 (5 mm) circular needle (16” length)
  • Set of four size 8 (5 mm) double-point needles
  • Gauge: 9 stitches = 2" in stockinette stitches
Directions
  1. Cast on 72 stitches.
  2. Place a stitch marker to note the beginning of rounds.
  3. Join for circular knitting, making sure that stitches are not twisted on needle.
  4. For rounds 1-8: knit 1, purl 1, and repeat around
  5. Continue knitting around until hat measures approx. 6.5" from beginning
  6. Then, begin to decrease for crown as follows, switching to double pointed needles once your hat gets too tight for circular needles
  7. Knit 7, knit 2 together, and repeat (When finished, you should have 64 stitches)
  8. Knit 1 round plain.
  9. Knit 6, knit 2 together, and repeat (When finished, you should have 56 stitches)
  10. Knit 1 round plain.
  11. Knit 5, knit 2 together, and repeat (When finished, you should have 48 stitches)
  12. Knit 1 round plain.
  13. Knit 4, knit 2 together, and repeat (When finished, you should have 40 stitches)
  14. Knit 1 round plain.
  15. Knit 3, knit 2 together, and repeat (When finished, you should have 32 stitches)
  16. Knit 1 round plain.
  17. Knit 2, knit 2 together, and repeat (When finished, you should have 24 stitches)
  18. Knit 1, knit 2 together, and repeat (When finished, you should have 16 stitches)
  19. Knit 2 together and repeat (When finished, you should have 8 stitches)
  20. Leave 12" to 18" tail and cut yarn
  21. Thread tail into yarn needle, draw needle through remaining 8 stitches to gather them
  22. Fasten off and weave in ends and Ta-dah!

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