And now we're at the point where we think about how we're going to finish up our Hats!
The Crown shaping is the very last part of our #wwscrapalong Hats, and I've deliberately kept things simple. Usually when I design a Hat, and when I teach classes on how to design Hats, I'll always advocate starting with the Crown first, regardless of which direction you are knitting. The Crown is the part of the Hat that brings everything together, and if the maths doesn't work out, you have to go back to the beginning again and start over.
The #scrapalong Hat is simple in it's concept, and that means we can work with simpler methods and easier numbers!
The Wonky Square Top
This is the easiest finish to achieve.
To achieve this finish, fold your work in half and use a 3-needle bind-off, ideally in a contrasting yarn for effect. You could graft the top closed or use a crochet bind-off, but I think the 3-needle bind-off adds structure, which in turns adds to it's unique finish.
You'd want to ensure that the Body is long enough first, and you may wish to make it a little longer than I suggested for the gathered Crown version yesterday.
The Gathered Finish
Because we've worked on a multiple of 8, we should be able to work a gathered finish very easily by halving the number of stitches on each decrease round. If you've worked on a multiple of 16, even better!
Rnd 1: *k2tog; repeat from * to end (now have multiple of 4)
Rnd 2: Knit all sts
Rnd 3: *k2tog; repeat from * to end (now have multiple of 2)
Rnd 4: Knit all sts
Rnd 5: *k2tog; repeat from * to end (now have multiple of 1)
Depending on how many stitches you have left, you'll need to decide whether to do another decrease round (preceded by a plain knit round). If you have an odd number then you'll need to knit 1st then decrease across, with an even number (i.e. a starting multiple of 16) you can decrease right across again.
You'll want to end on a stitch count of somewhere between 8 and 16sts, ideally closer to 8 to ensure the hole at the top closes more easily.
In the example decrease pattern, I used k2tog only - by all means alternate between ssk and k2tog to give a balanced decrease pattern.
If you want your last section to be reverse stocking stitch, then substitute purl decreases and work plain purl rounds between!
The Regular Beanie Finish
This one wasn't written into the original tutorial, but I can quickly guide you through it here. Work one plain round of knit stitches, adding a stitch marker at each eighth point (i.e. divide your original stitch count by 8, then knit that number, place stitch marker and repeat)
Rnd 1: *knit to 2sts before stitch marker, k2tog
Rnd 2: Knit all sts
Repeat these 2 rounds until you have 8sts left, ending after a Rnd 1.
Finishing and Blocking
Break yarn and draw through remaining stitches, tighten to close, as you would any Hat worked in the round (naturally the wonky square top won't need this!)
And weave in all ends. This can be quite an arduous task, depending on whether or not you wove in the ends as you went, but you can use it to your advantage by using the ends to tidy up any little holes or uneven areas from the inside of your work.
And to block, simply wash gently, wring and remove excess water, and dry flat. I'd suggest rotating the Hat whilst it dries if you've worked the gathered or beanie versions, to avoid any crease marks occurring. You don't need to block over a balloon unless you want to. And if you can, try to avoid getting the Brim of your Hat wet or avoid stretching it out whilst you reshape it when wet.
There are so many great #wwscrapalong Hats being shared on Instagram and Ravelry and seeing all of these is cheering me up no end. Thank you for joining in and knitting along - I very much appreciating my Woolly community x