There is a local knitting drive for areas hit hard by the hurricanes. Winter is coming soon and some of the areas get extremely cold. What better way to stay warm than with a hat! I decided it was time to resurrect Marcie’s hat and fix what I became annoyed with in the pattern. I liked how the hat looked when it was done, but it didn’t quite work well in practice. So I picked a new yarn (one from my stash) and double stranded it for added warmth, one of the things I wanted to do with the other hat after the fact, and changed how the decreasing worked the crown of the hat. I’m much happier with the finished product.
1 skein Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted (190 yards)
1 pair US 8 Circular Needles
1 set US 8 Double Point Needles
Gauge: 15 st = 4″
Notes: The hat is knit with two strands of yarn at a time, called double stranding. The bottom part of the hat is seed stitch. That part should be 2 1/2 to 3 inches long, depending on your preference. The hat photographed is knit with 2 1/2 inches of seed stitch. If 61 stitches doesn’t work for your head, simply add more stitches and follow the decrease as written.
- Using two strands of yarn at once, loosely cast on 61 stitches.
- Join making sure not to twist and place marker to designate the row.
- Knit in seed stitch for 2 1/2 to 3 inches depending on your preference ([k1, p1] to the end of the row and ending on a knit. For the subsequent rows, knit the purls and purl the knits.)
- Knit every row until the piece measures 5 1/2 inches.
Decreasing for the Crown
- [K2 K2tog] to the last 3 stitches. K3tog
- Knit another 3/4 inch.
- [K2tog K1] to end of row. Switch to the double point needles whenever the hat becomes too small for the circulars.
- K 3 rows (approx 1/4 inch)
- [K2tog] to end of row.
- [K2tog] to end of row. You will end up with an extra stitch, just knit the stitch and end the row.
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.
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