We're all lurgied up in this bushold, and as I'm sitting here in bed feeling well enough to be bored but not well enough to do work work, I figured this would be the perfect time to share this pattern.
It's not really a new pattern - it's something I wanted to knit for myself based on one of my old Hats from way back when. This green Hat was one of my first keep-forever Hats, that I picked up in a charity shop in Southend. It's made of something rather chunky and acrylic and I love it. It's nothing special but it does the job and goes with everything. (and it's not black, y'see?).
This is the only photo I have of me wearing the original. Taken some, erm, 21 years ago when I was living in Southend - this shot was probably taken in Southchurch Park on an autumn evening (anyone reading hail from these parts?)
As much as the new Hat is for me, Alyx is far more photogenic so whilst we were shooting for the MKAL Hat 'Erica', we snuck in a couple of cheeky shots of this one.
The original is seamed up the back but this one is seamless, as is my preference. And I haven't graded this one - my lurgied head isn't quite up to that - but the plan is to add in additional sizes when I convert it into a PDF some time in the hopefully not too distant future. You know me, I'm not keen on one sized Hat patterns, and I'm not going to try and convince you that this one sized Hat pattern will fit most! (it'll fit us larger headed folk just right)
Not sure if you can tell from these photos, but can you see where there's a little point or edge to the start of the Crown decreases? Well, that's happening because as much as this Hat looks like it fits Alyx, it's a bit big on her, and the Hat isn't stretched as snuggly as intended and so the decreases aren't as smooth as they should be. If this were a finer yarn they'd sit a little smoother, but it's not, and that slight point is a giveaway that there's not enough negative ease for Alyx's head.
1 x 100g Manos Del Uruguay Wool Clasica (138yd/126m)
5.5mm DPNs/circular or size needed to obtain gauge
Stitch marker as necessary
16sts x 24rows to 4in/10cm over Stocking Stitch
Finished size: 20in/51cm
To fit size: 23in/58.5cm
Knit and purl stitches
Knitting in the round
Increases & decreases
Using Alternate Cable cast-on method, cast on 80 sts. Work first row flat then join in the round, taking care not to twist the stitches. Place stitch marker to indicate the start of the round.
Work K1, P1 rib until work measures 6.5in/16.5cm (the Brim of this Hat is folded several times, creating that ultra thick and cosy look)
Now knit every round, creating stocking stitch in the round, until work measures 9in/22.75cm from cast on edge.
Rnd 1: *k2tog, K16, ssk; rpt from * to end (72 sts)
Rnd 2 & all even rounds: Knit all stitches
Rnd 3: *k2tog, K14, ssk; rpt from * to end (64 sts)
Rnd 5: *k2tog, K12, ssk; rpt from * to end (56 sts)
Rnd 7: *k2tog, K10, ssk; rpt from * to end (48 sts)
Rnd 9: *k2tog, K8, ssk; rpt from * to end (40 sts)
Rnd 11: *k2tog, K6, ssk; rpt from * to end (32 sts)
Rnd 13: *k2tog, K4, ssk; rpt from * to end (24 sts)
Rnd 15: *k2tog, K2, ssk; rp from * to end (16 sts)
Rnd 17: *k2tog, ssk; rpt from * to end (8 sts)
Break yarn and draw through remaining 8sts, tighten to close.
Weave in all ends. Blocking isn't necessary, however should you wish, a light blocking will help the stitches settle. However, do note that to ensure a good fit, the gauge above should be treated as a post-blocking gauge if you intend to block your Hat.
Best I go and add this to the Ravelry database, then. This yarn, the Wool Clasica, appears to be listed as an Aran weight on the Ravelry database but it's not really - it's a classic Chunky weight at this gauge, which is a UK weight that hasn't made it onto the database... mind, Chunky weight is becoming harder to find, but still - don't be confused by the yarn weight classification! A typical Aran weight yarn (18sts to 10cm) will give you a smaller Hat, around 17.75in finished size - ideal for a 21in head.