Saturday, 5 December 2015

The Loving Hat - Free Pattern

Why "loving"? Well, except for the obvious small hearts and the divine fluffiness, it is a very fast knit which allows you to create quickly a big volume of hats for a charity for example!

I've done countless of these hats without writing a pattern down. I choose this pattern a lot of times when I have pieces of scrap yarn I want to use. I decided to do it now since a friend of mine new to knitting requested it.



 

The Loving Hat

You will need:

8mm and 9mm round needles (16 inch / 40 cm)
9mm double pointed needles
30-75 meters of super bulky yarn (I used Drops Eskimo here)
stitch marker
scissors
pom pom maker (optional) 


Level: Easy


Gauge: 11 stitches and 15 rows: 4 inches in stockinette stitch

Abbreviations (US)
CO - cast on
K - knit
P - purl 
K2tog - knit 2 stiches together
























Sizes: Baby (toddler, child, women's, men's)




CUFF

Cast on 38 (44, 48, 56, 62) stitches with 8mm circular needles.
Place a marker and join in the round, being careful to not twist the stitches.
Row 1: *K2, p2, repeat from * to end of round.
Repeat Row 1: 4 (4, 6, 8, 8) more times.






BODY
Change to 9mm needles. 
Row 1: Knit all stitches in main color
Row 2: k1 main color, k1 contrasting color, *k3 in main color, k1 in contrasting color* until last 2 stitches, k2 last stitches in main color 
Row 3: Knit all stitches in main color 
Row 4: *k3 in main color, k1 in contrasting color* until the end of the row 

Continue working like these adding as many different colors as you like until piece measures 5 1/2 (6, 6 1/2, 7, 7 1/2) inches from the cast one edge. 





CROWN
Work as follows, changing to double pointed needles when needed.
In this part you can either go on with the contrasting color stitches or switch to main color entirely, this is up to your liking. I have also made hats where at the crown I stop using main color and only use the contrasting one.







Baby: start the crown with Round 5
Toddler: start with Round 3
Child - Women's - Men's: start with Round 1


Row 1: *K6, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. 
Row 2: Knit.
Row 3: *K5, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. 
Row 4: Knit.
Row 5: *K4, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. 
Row 6: *K3, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. 
Row 7: *K2, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. 
Row 8: *K1, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. 
Row 9: *K2tog, repeat from * to end of round. 
Break the yarn and thread it through the remaining stitches. Weave in all loose ends and ta-dahhh there is your hat! You can optionally make a pom pom and attach it, or even adorn the hat with a big button in complimentary colors. I usually go for the pom pom!





Hope you enjoy! Share your projects at Instagram #LovingHat



Any items made with this pattern can be sold but I would kindly ask for a link back to the blog or/and my ravelry profile. Feel free to share with me your finished projects at my Ravelry forum! You can also share them at instagram #lovinghat #garterstitchwitch (@Olymp1a). Have fun :)

11 comments:

  1. Thanks for the pattern, I'm making these for charity.

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    1. That's great! It's a beautiful knit for charity, glad you like it :)

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  2. Is there a crochet version for this hat?

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  3. I'd really like to make this hat but am not great at working with 2 colors. How would you recommend carrying the 2nd color while working on the hat? Thank you.

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  4. I'd really like to make this hat but am not great at working with 2 colors. How would you recommend carrying the 2nd color while working on the hat? Thank you.

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing this simple but very cute pattern.

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  6. I would love to see a pic of the inside of the hat to see how the contrast colour is brought across.

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  7. Thank you for the pattern! I believe the men's version is supposed to start with 64 stitches to be divisible by 4 for the k2 p2 ribbing to match up...

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