Pattern: My Own
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft (100% Acrylic)
This was a pretty quick knit. I really want to call it the NJ Partial Continental Hat but, while it’s pretty descriptive, it seems a bit long. I started this while down in NJ with the plan to make it completely with the Continental (pick) Method. I got about 2 inches in and wanted to kill myself and that is bad. At that point I gave up and went to my favored English (throw) Method. Continental was just so annoying and awkward for me. Surprisingly I had a consistent gauge while on Continental, but it hurt my hand A LOT and I just really didn’t like the motion. I will try it again, even if it kills me. Oh, and it’s my second hat for Made by Hand.
And yes, you read the title. A pattern (ooohhh). And a free pattern at that (oooooooohhhhhh). It’s nothing special and you can probably find 20 bazillion other hat patterns like it. I don’t normally write up patterns because if I do something off the top of my head, I don’t keep track of my process. Bad, I know, but true. However, this one I actually remembered to track. Sort of. I have not tested the written pattern but plan on doing so shortly. If you do end up using this, please comment or email (delirium[at]nycap.rr.com) and let me know if you had/have problems (with the pattern, I’m not a doctor) or if it worked out well.
I haven’t decided if I like making patterns or if I think I’m a good enough knitter to do so, but I figured coming up with a free one as a test run, can’t be a wholly bad thing. Well, it could, but it’s a learning experience and you can’t learn if you don’t try (or some other thoughtful saying).
So without further ado, my first pattern is behind the cut.
I used leftover yarn that I had and it didn’t use a full skein. I’m not exactly sure how much it does use nor am I sure how much was in the skein to begin with as I cannot find the yarn wrapper thing (technical term). If I ever figure it out, I’ll post it here. This is the first pattern I’ve ever made, so please bear with me.
Edited to Add: This pattern comfortably fits a 21-22″ head and it can get bigger. I haven’t tested it on a smaller head but with the stretch going for the 21-22″ head, I imagine it will fit down to a 19″ head without problem. But I will test it when I find a smaller head.
1×1 Ribbed Hat Pattern
[MC] Caron Simply Soft Gray; 1 skein
[CC] Caron Simply Soft Black; 1 skein
1 pair US 7 19″ Circular Needles
1 set US 7 Double Point Needles
Gauge: 20 st = 4″
- [MC] CO 80 Stitches.
- Join making sure not to twist and place marker to designate the row.
- [MC] [k1, p1] to end of row
- Continue in [k1,p1] until piece measures 3 inches
- If using contrast color for a stripe, join new color.
- [CC] [k1, p1] until stripe measures 1 inch.
- Switch back to [MC] and continue in pattern until full piece measures 6 inches.
- At beginning of row [k1, p1] 5 times. Place a stitch marker. Repeat 7 more times or until you reach the end of the row.
- For each section: [k1, p1] until last three stitches before the stitch marker. For the last three stitches [k2tog, p1]. Do this 8 times. (so what you are doing is [k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, k2tog, p1])
- Repeat last step for each row. Working until the last three stitches before the marker, then [k2tog, p1]
- Continue until you have 8 stitches left. (Switch to the double pointed needles when you can no longer knit the hat on your circulars)
- K2tog through last row until you have 4 stitches.
Cut yarn leaving a 6″ tail. Thread yarn through a tapestry needle and pull yarn through last 4 stitches. Pull tight. Secure the yarn on the inside of the hat and weave in ends.
This is pattern is free for personal, non-commercial use. Further use requires permission from the designer (me). You may not sell or distribute the pattern in any form. You may not sell the any item or items made from this pattern without my permission. You may not use this pattern or items from the pattern for commercial use.