Beginners usually knit scarves. Hat and scarf sets make a useful present. Although hats need to be shaped to fit heads, they are not difficult.
I have lost count of the number of hats I have knitted and the patterns I have used. Nowadays I do not usually refer to a pattern – I decide on the size of hat and knit it. (Although sometimes I find myself pulling it back or frogging as the technical term seems to be!)
My own favourite woolly hat was knitted in single rib (K.1, P.1) until the shaping for the crown. Then I changed to stocking stitch. The one I wear has more ribbing than in the pattern below and very rapid shaping.
In the photos are two hats of different sizes demonstrating the versatility of this pattern. Stripes may be used to produce easily identifiable hats for different members of the same family.
I have used this style of hat to knit for Operation Christmas Child (Samaritan’s Purse). Other charities, such as those for the homeless would also appreciate knitted hats.
The two hats are knitted as follows:-
(Instructions for the larger size are in brackets.)
Using double knitting yarn and 4mm knitting needles cast on 120 (144) stitches and work 13 (17) cm in single rib (K.1, P.1). (The length may be increased for a deeper brim.)
Continue in stocking stitch.
First row: (K 10, K 2 together), repeat to end of row.
Second row: P to end.
Third row: (K 9, K 2 together), repeat to end.
Continue in this manner reducing the number of knit stitches between the decreases on every knit row.
When the row has been completed where every stitch is K 2 together, purl 1 row, work another K2 together row; cut the yarn, leaving enough to fasten off and join the seam. Fasten off the remaining stitches by using a tapestry or darning needle to thread the yarn through them and securing it with an extra stitch. Join the seam using ladder stitch or over-sewing. If ladder stitch is used, remember to reverse the work for the brim, which may be worn turned up.
My second photo shows the hat turned inside-out. I used ladder stitch fur most of the seam, then changed to over-sewing for the brim.
Other sizes of hats may be made by using different numbers of stitches. Using multiples of twelve stitches gives flexibility with the decreasing with various posibilities for decreasing evenly along the rows. The raised pattern on the crown of the hats is the result of decreasing in the manner described above.