Want to Make a Holiday Gift? Knit a Malabrigo Hat
By Christine Gross-Loh on November 30, 2010
Here's a super quick pattern for a child's hat made of Malabrigo worsted yarn -- or any other worsted yarn that will get you 4.5 stitches to the inch.
It's so fast to knit up -- perfect for time-challenged, perpetually busy people like me. I'm using the same yarn in another colorway for a poncho I'm making, and it was starting to feel a bit never-ending, so I took a break and made this hat. It only took one day! If I can do it, you can surely do it too. You can embellish it any way you like: with a pom-pom or tassels, with embroidery (which I think would be so pretty), or a simple crocheted flower like this one.
Here's the pattern. This hat is 10 inches across (20 inch circumference). It fits my 4 year old daughter's head with room to spare, so it could either be sized down by casting on 10 fewer stitches, or using a smaller needle for the ribbing to make it more snug. You can also size it up to fit an adult.
Using a 16 inch number 9 circular needle, cast on 90 stitches. Being careful not to twist your stitches, join the stitches and use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round.
Knit in 1x1 rib (knit one, purl one) for 8 rounds (or more if you want a folded up brim). After you finish the 8th row, knit in stockinette (all knit stitches) for 4 more inches (add a few more if you are knitting for an adult).
Begin decreases at the beginning of the next round: Knit 8, then knit 2 together. Knit 8 more, and 2 together. Continue this way for the rest of the round.
Continue decreasing as follows (switch to double pointed needles as the hat gets smaller):
Next round: knit 7, and knit 2 together, knit 7, and 2 together for the rest of the round.
Next round: knit 6, knit 2 together, repeat until you reach the end of the round.
Next round: knit 5, knit 2 together, repeat until you reach the end of the round.
Next round: knit 4, knit 2 together, repeat until you reach the end of the round.
Next round: knit 3, knit 2 together, repeat until you reach the end of the round.
Next round: knit 2, knit 2 together, repeat until you reach the end of the round.
Next round: knit 1, knit 2 together, repeat until you reach the end of the round.
Next round: knit 2 together, repeat until you reach the end of the round.
Next round: cut a 12 inch tail, thread onto a needle, gather up the remaining stitches with the thread, pull tight in the center, and weave in the loose end.
Embellish as you like with a pom-pom, embroidery, or felted or crocheted flowers. Here are two clear tutorials for crocheted flowers:
This is a good way to practice knitting in the round if you're a beginning knitter, and it would make a nice handmade holiday gift!
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