by Becky Robbins
Size: Women’s M – fits most tweens, teens and adult women. Approx. 21” (53cm) diam. brim
Materials: Morning Bright Holistic Merino Bulky (109yds (100m)/100g). Approx. 85g.
Gauge: 14 stitches and 23 rows over 4” (10cm) in stockinette with larger needles, unblocked
Needles: US size 8 (5mm) 16” (40cm) circular needles or dpns, US size 10.5 (6.5mm) 16” (40cm) circular needles or dpns. And US size 10.5 (6.5mm) dpns or circular cable long enough for magic looping for the crown.
Notions: ruler/measuring tape, stitch marker, tapestry needle
CO – cast on
sts - stitches
pm – place marker
k – knit
p – purl
kfb – knit in front and back of stitch, increases 1 stitch
ssk – slip next two stitches separately, knit-wise, onto right needle. Insert left needle through both stitches and pull yarn through with right needle. Decreases 1 stitch.
k2tog – knit next two stitches together knit-wise. Decreases 1 stitch.
Instructions: With smaller needles CO 60 sts and pm. I prefer the Alternating Long Tail/German Twisted Cast On for a k1, p1 ribbed brim (alternate Long-Tail cast on for the sts that will be knit, and German Twisted for the sts to be purled), but a regular Long-Tail, or your favorite cast on for hats, is fine.
k1, p1 around for 1.75” (4cm)
Next round: *k3, kfb* around – 75sts
Next round: k around
Switch to larger needles and k every round until 5” (13cm) from CO edge.
Decrease rounds (switch to dpns or magic loop when sts get too tight on needles):
Round 1: *k13, ssk* around - 70sts
Rounds 2-4: k around
Round 5: *k12, ssk* around – 65sts
Rounds 6-7: k around
Round 8: *k11, ssk* around – 60sts
Round 9: k around
Round 10: *k10, ssk* around – 55sts
Round 11: *k9, ssk* around – 50 sts
Round 12: *k8, ssk* around – 45 sts
Round 13: *k7, ssk* around – 40 sts
Continue decreasing every round in this manner until 10sts remain.
Next round: k2tog around
Cut yarn leaving an 8” (20cm) tail and weave end through remaining sts with tapestry needle and pull to inside of hat. Weave in ends. Wear it as is or block to flatten crown.
Becky Robbins, 2015
ps. Please feel free to use your finished hat for pleasure or profit, but remember that these written instructions and photos belong to me and cannot be used or transferred without my permission.
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