I came up with this hat when I was still getting presents together three weeks before Christmas. It’s available in four sizes, and knits up SO quick. Plus, it’s a great stash/leftover yarn project. You put three or four strands of yarn together and knit them like they’re one bulky strand of yarn. Huge stitches, meaning fewer to knit overall.
The small one is made of four strands of varying blue yarns; the bigger one is 2 strands of black and 1 strand of grey, then 2 black and 1 red for the color band.
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
S [M, L, XL]
Circumference: 17 [20, 22, 24] inches
Height: 7 [8, 9, 10] inches
Caron Simply Soft [100% acrylic; worsted weight 4 ply; 315 yd per 170g skein];
3 or 4 strands, colors are up to you.
1 set US #10 / 5 mm double-point needles
8 [11, 12, 13] stitch markers
13 sts/17 rows = 4 inches ribbed
Knitting with three or four strands can make stitches a little tough to knit. The gauge is the same with three or four strands on size 10 needles. Color possibilities are endless for this project.
PM = place marker. k2tog = knit two together. For the small hat [size S, for a four year old] in the pictures, four strands of yarn were used in four variation colors of blue. The larger hat [size L, for a 16 year old] in the pictures uses three strands of yarn, 2 black and 1 grey – then for the band of color, 2 strands of black and 1 red.
CO 46 [66, 72, 78] st with 3 or 4 strands of yarn held together.
Round 1: Join without twisting and begin to knit 1×1 rib in the round. *p1, k1, repeat from * to end of round.
Knit 1×1 rib for 5.5 [6.25, 7, 7.5] inches or about 22 [26, 28, 30] rounds. (Measurements may vary depending on personal gauge).
Round 1: Place 8 [11, 12, 13] markers. *p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, PM, repeat from *to end of round.
Round 2: Continue to knit in 1×1 rib, k2tog before every marker.
Round 3: Knit 1 round 1×1 rib. [no decreases this round]
Repeat rounds 2 and 3 until 4 stitches remain.
Cut yarns leaving at least 6 inch tails. Thread yarn onto tapestry needle and thread into remaining stitch loops, taking stitches off needles. Pull yarn tight to close hole and tie with a knot. Thread into the inside of the hat and sew in tail.
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