I needed a quick success this past weekend, firstly as a break from the Big Projects I'm working on, and secondly to take my mind off Friday's crushing defeat. The crushing defeat involved an experiment for a hat (of course) with a unique construction. I didn't get to see the results of the experiment; I'll have to retry as soon as I muster the resolve to rip out the disaster. The disaster being: 324 stitches. K1, p1 ribbing in the round. Over TWENTY rows in before I notice the twist.
Anyway, on to the good stuff. I decided to try out a quick and easy hat design that's been floating around in my head, a Barbara Walker stitch pattern in a bulky yarn. I loved how it came out, so I decided to share the pattern here. E-mail me if you make one; I'd love to see how it turns out!
3 skeins Karabella Aurora Bulky in color #22. (That's right, 3 skeins. This yarn has the worst yardage EVER!) 100% merino wool, 54 yds/50 g per ball.
47" Addi Turbo circulars in US sizes 9 and 10.5 (I use the Magic Loop technique. Obviously you can use 16" circulars, and a spare circ or set of dpn's in size 10.5 if you prefer).
Gauge: 20 sts and 23 rows in Wavelet pattern, knit circularly with larger needle
Wavelet Pattern knit circularly (this is my name for the stitch pattern; I can't remember what BW called it but I think it might be "Little Cables" or "Cable Fabric" or something like that):
Multiple of 6 sts
Rounds 1-2: Knit.
Round 3: *Slip 2 sts to cable needle (cn) and hold to front, k2 from left needle, k2 from cn, k2, repeat from * around.
Rounds 4-6: Knit.
Round 7: *K2, Slip 2 sts to cn and hold to back, k2 from left needle, k2 from cn, repeat from * around.
Round 8: Knit.
Repeat rounds 1-8 for pattern.
With US 9, CO 56 sts. Join into round, being careful not to twist. Work 5 rounds in k2, p2 ribbing. Switch to US 10.5 and work one more round in rib pattern.
Work increase round: *K4, m1, k3, m1, repeat from * around. [72 sts total.]
Work 32 rounds (4 full repeats) in Wavelet pattern.
Work decrease rounds:
1. (K10, k2 tog) around [66 sts total].
2. (K9, k2 tog) around [60 sts total].
3. (Slip 2 sts to cn and hold to front, k2 from left needle, k2 from cn, k4, k2 tog) around [54 sts total].
4. (K7, k2 tog) around [48 sts total].
5. (K6, k2 tog) around [42 sts total].
6. (K5, k2 tog) around [36 sts total].
7. (K4, k2 tog) around [30 sts total].
8. (K3, k2 tog) around [24 sts total].
9. (K2, k2 tog) around [18 sts total].
10. (K1, k2 tog) around [12 sts total].
11. (k2 tog) around [6 sts total].
Cut yarn and thread onto tapestry needle. Pull yarn tail through remaining sts and pull to close. Weave in ends.
1. The hat will stretch. Right after knitting, it was 8.75" tall and only 15" in circumference. It was uncomfortably tight when I first put it on. After wearing it for 20 minutes, the height stayed the same but the unstretched circumference had increased to 18" and the hat was comfortable to wear. I wore it on and off for an additional 3 hours, but there was no more stretching.
2. I have a biggish head (22.5") and this hat fits very snugly, which is how I like it. Kids don't usually like tight hats, so you can probably use the same stitch count for a kid size, and just make the hat shorter by working the Wavelet pattern for 24 rounds instead of 32. If you have a superbig head, or just a big head but like a looser fit, try adding 4 (or 8) stitches to the ribbing and 6 (or 12) to the main body. You will need to redo the math for the increase round so the increases occur evenly around the hat. Also, there will be 1 (or 2) more decrease rounds to work. I can't guarantee that the cool flower effect will be preserved, but it will probably be similar enough.