Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Holly Hat





This pattern has been living in my head for quite a while now and I thought I would get it down in writing for all to share. The great thing about this pattern is that you can make a bunch of different hats with the same pattern (with just a few tweaks) and the same size needles.

Sizes
NB(Baby, Toddler, Child, Adult)

Yarn
Any worsted weight yarn anywhere from 1oz to 4oz

Needles
Size US9 16" circs (5.5mm)
One set of US9 dpns (5.5mm)

Notions
Tapestry needle, stitch marker, scissors

Hat pattern:

Using circular needle, cast on 48(56, 64, 72, 80) stitches. Join to work in the round, do not twist your stitches and place your stitch marker here.

For a rolled brim hat, work stockinette stitch (knit every stitch, every row) for 4 1/2(5", 6", 7", 8") from cast on row with the edge unrolled. See Rolled Brim Hat below (with Sprite Like Versions' decreases).



For a seed stitch brim hat, work seed stitch (knit the purls and purl the knits) for 1 1/2"(2", 2", 2", 2 1/2") from cast on row. Now work stockinette stitch (knit every stitch, every row) until your piece measures 4 1/2(5", 6", 7", 8"). See Seed Stitch Brim Hat below (with earflaps and braids)



For a garter stitch brim hat, work garter stitch (knit one row, purl one row) for 1 1/2"(2", 2", 2", 2 1/2") from cast on row. Now work stockinette stitch (knit every stitch, every row) until your piece measures 4 1/2"(5", 6", 7", 8"). See Garter Stitch Hat below (with earflaps and braids).




Single rib brim hat, work single rib stitch (K, P, K, P repeated) for 1 1/2"(2", 2", 2", 2 1/2") from cast on row. If you wish to fold over your brim for your hat, just double your brim to 3"(4", 4", 4", 5"). Now work stockinette stitch (knit every stitch, every row) until your piece measures 4 1/2(5", 6", 7", 8")





For Double rib brim hat, work double rib stitch (K, K, P, P repeated) for 1 1/2"(2", 2", 2", 2 1/2") from cast on row. If you wish to fold over your brim for your hat, just double your brim to 3"(4", 4", 4", 5"). Now work stockinette stitch (knit every stitch, every row) until your piece measures 4 1/2(5", 6", 7", 8"). See Double Rib Brim Hat below.


For the Little Miss version you will start a little different. Cast on 56(64, 72, 80, 88)...which is 8 extra stitches for each size. Work in garter stitch knitting flat (alternating knit and purl) for 1/2"(2", 2", 2, 2 1/2"). On the next round bind off 8 stitches and join for knitting in the round. Now work stockinette stitch (knit every stitch, every row) until your piece measures 4 1/2"(5", 6", 7", 8"). After you complete the decrease rounds attach the flap to the hat and sew on a button through both layers. See Little Miss version below.



Now work your decreases rounds. You will need to switch to your dpns when the piece is too tight on your circs.

Round 1: K6, k2tog; repeat to end
Round 2 and all even rounds: Knit
Round 3: K5, k2tog; repeat to end
Round 5: K4, k2tog; repeat to end
Round 7: K3, k2tog: repeat to end
Round 9: K2, k2tog; repeat to end
Round 11: K1, k2tog; repeat to end

Break your yarn leaving a tail and using your tapestry needle, thread the tail through the remaining stitches and remove them from the needles. Pull these stitches tight and poke the tail to the inside of the hat and tie it off securely and weave in your ends.

If you would like to make the sprite-like version of this hat, follow the pattern for the roll brim hat and then work your decreases like this:

First Decrease Row: K6, k2tog; repeat to end
Knit 8 rows.
Second Decrease Row: K5, k2tog; repeat to end
Knit 8 rows.
Third Decrease Row: K4, k2tog; repeat to end
Knit 8 rows.
Fourth Decrease Row: K3, k2tog: repeat to end
Knit 8 rows.
Fifth Decrease Row: K2, k2tog; repeat to end
Knit 8 rows.
Sixth Decrease Row: K1, k2tog; repeat to end
Knit 8 rows.
Seventh Decrease Row: K2tog; repeat to end

Continue Decrease rounds of K2tog til you have 3 or 4 stitches remaining. Work icord for desired length, bind off.

You can put all kinds of fabulous things at the ends of your hat. A tassel, a ball, a leaf, a heart. There are lots of fun patterns out there to try :)

Want earflaps on your hat for those cold winter days? Easy.

I like to use the seed stitch version of the hat for the brim (but the garter stitch brim works great as well). Find the middle/back of your hat. From the middle, count forward 6(8, 8, 10, 10) stitches. With your dpns, pick up in seed stitch (Knit the purls, purl the knits) 10(12, 12, 14, 18) stitches. Turn and work seed stitch across 6(6, 6, 8, 8) rows. Turn your work and seed stitch across to the last two stitches, k2tog. Continue the last row until you have 3 sts.

Now you can work a 3 stitch i-cord for your ties.

Bind off and have no ties, just earflaps.

Bind off and cut long strips of coordinating yarn. I like to hold three strands together and have three sections. Send each 3 strand section through the bound off stitches on the bottom of the earflap. Double them up, giving you (3) 6 strand sections and braid them together. Tie off tightly at the bottom of braid.

I also like to take a contrasting color and do a simple single crochet row around the bottom of hat and earflaps....just gives it a great finishing touch.






I have worked this hat a ton of times, but have not worked every hat in every size, every pattern. I would love for you to post your pics of your finished objects here and of course, if there is a mistake, please let me know :)

I don't mind if you make this hat to sell, but would like credit for the pattern. Please contact me at hollypitcock1@mac.com for more info about this. Thanks so much!

5 comments:

bellabeamsam said...

Very cute good job.

L. said...

These are all so darn cute! Love your blog.
I covet the earflap one with the airplane for my 2 year old grand-daugther whose daddy flies away as a pilot most days.
I may have to try to knit again.
Keep on clicking!
Lorna in MN

Craig said...

Do you have the pattern for the airplane on the earflap hat? Very cute!!
Janis

Keeley said...

What is the difference in size between baby and toddler? I'm knitting for a baby with a rather large noggin. :)

James said...

I love the airplane earflap hat. Do you have the pattern? I would love to make it for my toddler grandson.

Thank you,
Sharon