Friday, October 25, 2013

How I Created An Easy Hat With Circular Needles

This is an easy hat to knit.  I call these my "Crazy Hats" as you can see with the multi-colored yarn.

The tools you will need are:
1. US 8 circular needles size 16

2. US 8 double point needles (set of 4)

3. Yarn. I use your basic acrylic yarn. This hat was knitted with Loops & Threads Impeccable yarn. Net wt 3.5 oz. 192 yards. I can usually get two hats from one skein of this yarn.

4. Yarn needle. This is so you can weave in the ends of the yarn once you are through.

5. It is good to have a crochet hook handy. You never know when you will drop a stitch and need to pick it up.

Cast on 80 stitches to the circular needles. When you have 80 stitches, hold tail of yarn and the other end and knit. Continue knitting until you complete the circle, keeping the end connected to the skein on you right.

You will continue to knit in a circle until you knit about 6 inches. As you can see, the bottom ends "curl up', don't worry it is part of the design. Just keep knitting and watch it grow.

We finally made it to 6 inches. Now it is time to knit onto the double point needles, so we can start to decrease. (Note: it is a good idea to keep counting stitches to make sure you have 80 stitches). Notice the tail at the end, make sure you end with that in the middle of your needles. Using your yarn needle, put a small piece of yarn in the eye and mark the middle between the needles.

Take one double point and knit twenty stitches onto it. Take a second double point and knit 40 stitches on that one. Take a third double point and knit 20 stitches onto that one.

This is what you should have. Always make sure you have 20-40-20 or it will not come out right.

Now you are ready to decrease.  

With the fourth double point needle you will begin your decrease.

Row 1: Knit 8 then k2tog do this on each needle.
Row 2: Knit each needle.
Row 3: Knit 7 then k2tog
Row 4: Knit
Row 5: Knit 6 then k2tog
Row 6: Knit
Row 7: Knit 5 then k2tog
Row 8: Knit
Row 9: Knit 4 then k2tog
Row: 10 Knit
Row 11: Knit 3 then k2tog
Row 12: Knit
Row 13: Knit 2 then k2tog
Row: 14 Knit
Row 15: Knit 1 then k2tog
Row 16 K Knit
You should do this until you have 6 stitches left. Cut the yarn from the skein and thread your yarn needle and put through the yarn that is still on the needles. This is how you get the double points off your hat. Once the needles are off, pull the yarn until the top closes up, then weave in your end.  Next time I will show you another variation of the same hat, without the ends curling up.

I have fun knitting these "crazy hats". I usually make these knitting on the go. When I am out at Angel Island at my Chapel, where I am a docent, I can knit as I wait for visitors to come and visit me. 

If I can knit a hat, so can you.

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