I thought it might be nice to kick off the new year with a little free pattern — the one I’ve promised you for this easy peasy hat!
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BY KAREN TEMPLER
For this super simple, super warm hat, you need approximately 190-200 total yards of worsted-weight yarn held triple. By knitting with three strands, rather than a single strand of superbulky, you get to create the sweet little braided loop detail up top. You can either wind off three balls of 65 to 70 yards each (i.e., one half skein of Lark per ball), and knit with them held triple. Or, for the safer and easier approach, wind your yarn as usual and use the Navajo Ply method to create the tripled strand as you go. If you Navajo Ply, when you get near the end of the crown decrease section, pull out a crazy-long loop — like 6 feet — to be 100% sure you can finish the knitting and break the long tails for the braid without encountering the bend in your loop. I’d also recommend splicing on the second skein when you come to it.
- 2 skeins Quince and Co. Lark (134 yards / 123 meters per 50g skein, pictured in Sabine) or approximately 195-200 yards worsted-weight yarn, held triple throughout (see note above)
- 16″ circular needle and set of DPNs in size needed to match gauge (suggested size US13/9mm)
- 16″ circular needle two sizes smaller for ribbing (suggested size US11/8mm)
- 3 stitch markers and 1 contrasting Beginning of Round marker
- tapestry needle for weaving in ends
- Gauge: 10 sts and 18 rounds = 4″ in stockinette stitch
- Size: 18″ circumference at brim (unstretched); 8″ tall
Using smaller needle and the long-tail method, and holding three strands of yarn together throughout the pattern, cast on 44 sts; place BOR marker and join for working in the round.
Work k2/p2 ribbing until piece measures 2.5″ from cast-on edge.
Switch to larger needle and stockinette stitch: knit all stitches, all rounds, until piece measures 5″ from cast-on edge. (For a slouchier hat, knit more rounds before beginning crown shaping.)
Setup round: *k2tog, k7, SSK, place marker; repeat from * to end of round. (8 sts decreased; 36 remain)
Round 1: Knit
Round 2: *k2tog, knit to 2 sts before marker, SSK, slip marker; repeat from * to end of round.
Repeat last two rounds (switch to DPNs when needed) until 3 sts remain between the markers.
Next round: *k2tog, k1, slip marker; repeat from * to end. (8 sts remain)
Next round: *k2tog, drop marker; repeat from * to end. (4 sts remain)
Next round: k2tog, break yarns leaving an 8-10″ tail of each strand; thread all three strands onto tapestry needle, thread them through the remaining three sts and pull to cinch hat closed.
Remove the strands from the tapestry needle and braid them loosely for about 2″. Holding the braid securely, form a loop with the three strands (right at the end of the braid), pass the tails through and pull tight to secure braid in the knot. Now thread the tails back onto the tapestry needle and pass them down through the center top of the hat — it will stop at the knot, leaving you with a braided loop atop the hat and the tails inside. Now weave in your ends, block as desired, and wear it in good health!
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