‘Tis the season for hat knitting, whether for yourself (it snowed last night!) or for gifts. And who doesn’t love finding patterns that are fun to make, fun to wear, and free? We’ve enjoyed pairing our yarns with some great hat designs that we hope you’ll love. We’ll be sharing a new one with you each Friday, and all five are free!
For this first Friday, we present our own upsized version of Churchmouse Yarns’ Minimalist Hat. Ours is made with Lyonel from Lang Yarns on US 13/9mm needles. It’s a simple slouchy beanie that knits up quickly and looks good on everyone.
As originally written, this one-size pattern can be used with multiple weights of yarn. Minimalist is based on an old, traditional formula for shaping a hat crown with four lines of decreases that form a “+” at the top, starting with a multiple of 8 stitches. The key to getting a hat that fits is knowing your yarn’s gauge. Yes, I said it: g-a-u-g-e.
If you have neither time nor inclination to knit and wash a gauge swatch for your hat, your yarn’s ball band can at least point you in the right direction (although it can’t guarantee the same success a swatch would). Here’s an example:
This is a yarn that knits to a gauge of 17 stitches and 23 rows over a 4×4″ square of stockinette on US 8/5mm needles, or 4.25 stitches per inch. The finished size of Minimalist is 19″ to fit a 20-23″ head. Multiply 4.25 sts/inch x 19, and you’d need to cast on 80 stitches, the closest multiple of 8. However, Lyonel has a gauge of 10 sts/inch on US 13/9mm, or 2.5 sts/inch. Multiply that by 19, and the number to cast on drops to 48. Easy peasy!
Below, you can download a printable PDF for our Lyonel Minimalist Hat. Copies will also be available at the shop.
Note: In the last post, I had promised this post would list our Early Winter Class Schedule. At this time it is still under construction. Look for it here very soon!