Sunday, January 6, 2013

Versatility Squared - Men's Hat

Okay. So I typically make a habit out of knitting gifts for the people I care about every holiday season. This year I dragged my poor boyfriend to Knitty City in Manhattan while he watched me hop and skip around like a little child picking out what yarn I wanted. I then suggested he pick out a yarn and I'll make him a hat out of it. Thus followed several attempts and remakes of a very simple winter hat because he has such a gigantic head that I kept underestimating how big to make the hat. Neither my head nor my mother's were accurate assumptions. Hey, at least he's got lots of brain cells working in that head.

This is a basic knit hat that's made with knitting needles slightly smaller than recommended for the specific yarn. This allows for the hat to be dense in cold weather. It has the New York City January Wind seal of approval.

Gauge: 6 stitches and 7 rows per 1 inch

What you will need is the following supplies

US #5/3.75mm set of double pointed needles
16 inch circular needle of the same size
Stitch marker

Yarn: Berroco Vintage DK Yarn in whatever color you prefer

Cast on 100 stitches
Join in round, place stitch marker

K2 P2 K2 P2....and repeat for 16 rounds
K one round
P2 K2 P2 K2....and repeat for 15 rounds
K25, Inc 1 four times, giving you a total of 104 stitches

Knit 40 rounds (hat will measure slightly more than 8 inches)

Begin decreasing to close off the hat:
K12, K2t seven times, k6 (Decrease of 7, 97 left)
Knit 1 round
K6, K2t twelve times, K1 (Decrease of 12, 85 left)
Knit 1 round
K5, K2t twelve times, K1 (Decrease of 12, 73 left)
Knit 1 round
K4, K2t twelve times, K1 (Decrease of 12, 61 left)
Knit 1 round
K3, K2t twelve times, K1 (Decrease of 12, 49 left)
Knit 1 round
K2, K2t twelve times, K1 (Decrease of 12, 37 left)
Knit 1 round
K1, K2t twelve times, K1 (Decrease of 12, 25 left)
Knit 1 round
K2t twelve times, K1 (Decrease of 12, 13 left)
K2t six times, K1 (Decrease of 12, 7 left)

Close off the hat

And there you go.

Abbreviations -
K = knit
P = purl
K2t = knit 2 together
Inc = increase, which is usually done by picking up the stitch underneath the one you just previously knitted. If you need help with this, youtube has some fantastic tutorials on this.


  1. Can you please help me with this pattern? I need to finish it by tomorrow. The first line of the decrease section: I am confused by the order. Do I K12, K2t seven times (like K12, K2t, K12, K2t, and so on? then K6? I think that is what I do and I don't want to mess this hat up for a Christmas gift (seeing the people late!). Thank you very much!!

    1. You're correct! After (K12, K2T) x7, you'll be left with 6 stitches, then you knit those. Good luck!

    2. Thank you! After I sent this I sat down and did the calculations and then felt silly! Oh well!

  2. Can I just use pointed needles not circler