I’ve made lots of hats over the years. Cabled hats. Colorwork hats. Hats so tight they made my forehead hurt. Hats so big they flop over my eyes. I started one hat that I could have worn as a skirt. I frogged that one. The problem I always have with hats is sizing. To make a good beanie you really need to swatch, then stretch the swatch when you measure it. Not too much stretch and not too little. It’s a delicate process that I often screw up.
A few weeks ago Owen asked for a hat. A blue hat. This is a kid who doesn’t often request hand knits so when he asked for something I was excited. Pleased. And I had the blue yarn already– leftovers from the Dinosaur hoodie I made him last year. But I didn’t want this hat to be too big or too small. So I measured and searched and measured again. Finally, I cast on.
At first I thought it might be too big. Then maybe too small. But as I knit I found it was just the right size.
Seed Stitch Rib Hat
Yarn: Brown Sheep Company Nature Spun Worsted, I used 39 grams of yarn for this hat
Needles: size 7 cable needles, I used the magic loop method
Size: hat will fit heads probably between 16-22″ circumference, depth is 8″
Gauge: 14 stitches= 3.5″, stretched, in the round in seed stitch rib. Rows: 7 rows per inch
Seed stitch rib:
Round 1: k 3, purl 1
Roound 2: knit
Cast on 80 stitches. Work knit one, purl one rib for 10 rows.
Knit one round
Work rounds 1 and 2 of seed stitch rib until hat measures 6″ from cast on, ending with round 1.
Next round: knit 6, k2tog around
Next round: knit
Decrease round: k to 2 stitches before decrease, k2tog, around
Repeat decrease round every other row until there are 5 stitches remaining. Break yarn and pull through remaining stitches. Weave in ends and block.