I think hats are the perfect next step project for knitting novices. It’s more than likely that your first project was a scarf, so why not make a hat to go with it? I really love chunky knits. Not only do they start taking shape really quickly, and I am impossibly impatient, but they also look great.
This hat is for my friend Paula, she’s moving to Edinburgh so a hat is a complete necessity.
When making my chunky hat, I used the pattern from Sheep & Stitch. When I initially looked at the instructions I found them a little confusing, so I’ve rewritten them in a clearer format (I hope).
What you’ll need:
Chunky wool (Around 250g) – I really like the Patons Fab Big Colour that you can get from hobby craft, but any chunky wool will do
10mm needles – the instructions recommend round needles but I used straight ones as I couldn’t be doing with fiddling around with circular needles
Crochet hook for weaving
Step 1.) Cast on 44 stitches. I like to do them in groups of ten because I ALWAYS loose count. I note down how many groups I’ve done in a notebook or on my phone to keep track.
Step 2.) Rib stitch (knit 2, purl 2) until your knit is 2.5 inches long. With this particular yarn this is about 9 lines.
Step 3.) Time for some stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl the next) until your knit is 9 inches long. This might seem really big, but the rib stitch bit at the bottom will be turned up so no panicking.
Step 4.) Next it’s the reducing stitches. Sounds scary but it’s actually really easy. Rather than picking up one stitch with your needle, pick up two. I abandoned the stockinette stitch at this point which created a nice distinction between the top of the hat and the sides. For the first row, knit two stitches normally and then knit to together. You’ll end up with 33 stitches.
Step 5.) Knit one row normally. For the next row, knit one stitch and then knit two together (you’ll get 22 stitches). Then knit one the next row normally again.
Step 6.) Knit two stitches together for the whole of the next row (11 stitches). For the next row, knit two together until the last lone stitch, normally knit this one (6 stitches).
Step 7.) Measure out a piece of yarn about 3 inches long, then cut it away from your ball. Weave the yarn through the last 3 stitches and pull to a knot.
Step 8.) It’s sewing time! Turn the hat right side together and pin along the open side. I always like to sew up with embroidery thread because it’s strong and comes in jazzy colours, but you could use wool if you have a needle with an eye big enough.
Step 9.) You’ll now have a fully formed hat. How exciting! Weave in the loose threads at the base and top of the hat with your crochet hook.
Step 10.) Turn up your rib section. I usually do this by eye because rulers always seem to be sooo farrr away from where I’m sitting. Try and get the turn to be the same length all around. Then secure with your embroidery stitch or wool, using small stitches at regular intervals.
Step 11.) Add a cheeky personal touch to your hat. I did a crochet chain stitch, as this is the only kind of crocheting I’ve managed to get my head around, and arranged it into a P. I then pinned and secured with embroidery thread.
Step 12.) Pom pom time. You can get special pom pom makers or just do it the old fashioned way, by cutting out two circular pieces of cardboard and making a hole in the middle. I used a cup to draw around or you could use a compass if you had one. I used a mixture of the chunky wool and the wool I used for the P.
Step 13.) Attach the pom pom by threading the tied yarn through the top of the hat and tie in a knot. If it feels a little loose, feel free to make use some embroidery thread to secure.
Step 14.) And there you have it, a beautiful bobbly hat. Enjoy!