There are many different ways to make a knitting hat pattern. The one presented on this page is a classic way of knitting hats. Once you get an idea how to make patterns and to shape a hat using decreases, you will be able to design your own hats without any problems. I will show you all details necessary for knitting this particular hat. If you follow me, you will be able to knit exactly the same hat.
It is not that a bad idea to follow some one's instruction while making your own project. Nevertheless, it is much more valuable and interesting experience if doing your project you don't just follow description, but learn basic design principle instead. It means that next time when you decide to make a new hat you won't have to spend your precious time looking for matching description to make the hat you like. That's what we are going to do now:
As usually, I don't suggest you to follow my instruction exactly. Feel free to change anything you wish. This is the best way to learn something. Besides that all of us have different preferences, vision, and sense of beauty. I'll explain you how this particular knitting hat pattern was designed. Use it as a base model, and welcome to the creative world!
Let's look at the knitting hat pattern and at the hat itself, to understand what we are going to knit. There are a few design features this hat has:
Patons Classic Wool. Merino. 100 % Wool. 223 yds./204 meters. 3 1/2 oz/ 100 g.
Amount necessary: 100 g.
Size 2 (2.75 mm) straight, circular or double pointed needles.
1 cm = 2.14 sts. 1 cm = 3.33 rows.
Bottom part of the crown: Stockinette stitch (right side).
Crown: Revers Stockinette stitch + 6 a 4-stitch cables.
NOTE: Calculations are made for 56 cm measurement made around the head. (an average adult).
Cast on: 56 cm x 2.14 sts/cm = 119.84. Round to 120 sts. For
working a flat hat with a seam, cast on 1 selvage stitch for
seaming at the very beginning and the end of the first row. (122 sts
Row 1 - Row 15: Stockinette stitch (right side)
Knit a folded line. Row 16: * Knit 2 together, yarn over*. Row 17: Purl.
Row 18 - Row 32: Stockinette stitch (right side).
Row 33: Change a stitch pattern to the cables: Purl 8 sts, * knit 4, purl 16*, knit 4, purl 8.
NOTE: There are 6 cables in this pattern and 16 purl stitches between each of them (120 sts total).In case you are working flat with a seam hat (122 .sts) , make "purl 9" instead of "purl 8".
Row 34 - Row 61: Continue to follow the stitch pattern and a knitting hat pattern.
Row 62 - Row 82: Make decreases, to shape a hat. Decrease 1
stitch before each cable and 1 stitch after each cable (12 decreases per
each of these rows: 62, 66, 70, 74, 78, 82, 84, 86, 88).
There will be 12 stitches on the needles after you finish decreases.
All calculations, presented above, are based on the simple "formula" for the knitting hats. It can be used for designing of any kinds of hats. Here it is:
A knitted hat, presented on this page, was knitted with the thin needles (#2 / 2.75 mm). I wanted to have a thin and dense knitted fabric on my hat. Hence, the original number of the stitches was pretty high (122 sts). That's why I made 12 decreases each time instead of the traditional 6. Nevertheless, I still followed the formula: 6 parts, 12 cm after brim, 5-6 cm made decreases in each 4th row, and then made decreases in each 2nd row till I had 10-12 stitches left.
Now it is your turn to make your own design. Here is my next project - a Knitting Hat for a Man: