The Problem With Hats

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.