the Sisters Hat

I don't really think of myself as a designer, but I do like to invent simple patterns from time to time. It's a fun exercise to write them up and share them here. At the very least, I'll know where they are if I should ever misplace my scribbled notebook. 


This pattern for the Sisters Hat has been test-knitted and proofread for clarity and typos by my cousin, Mitzi Miles-Kubota, who is a fine knitter, a self described "word nerd," and a mega-talented fine artist and crafter. She does it all, and she gave this the thumbs up.

I wish you happy hat-making.



Sisters Hat

Knit from the bottom up, in the round, this is a fast and easy hat that works up in just a few hours. I designed it on a fun weekend spent with my two sisters, planning baby sis’s wedding. The hat fits my approximately 22 inch head on a very curly day. Check your gauge, measure your head, make adjustments as needed.

Stitches used:
K = Knit
P = Purl
K2tog = Knit 2 together

You will need:
Yarn, 1 skein of about 100 yards (Hikoo Zumie, Lion Brand Quick & Thick, or other #6 super bulky yarn)
Size 11 needles (I like to use 16” circulars for most of the hat, switching to DPNs for top decreases, or a longer cable for a magic loop decrease)
Size 10 needles (16 inch circular), optional, for brim
Scissors
Yarn needle
Stitch markers
Pompom maker (optional)

Directions:
CO 46 on size 11 needles (or size 10 if you want a little more squeeze around the brim), and join to knit in the round, using your favorite method. (46 stitches on the needles)

1x1 ribbing (knit 1, purl 1) 5 rounds
   Purl 5 rounds
Knit 5 rounds
   Purl 5 rounds
Knit 5 rounds
   Purl 5 rounds
Decrease only one stitch, knit around (45 stitches)

Top decreases:
Round 1: *K7, K2tog* around, placing markers after each K2tog
Round 2: K
Round 3: *K6, K2tog* around
Round 4: K
Round 5: *K5, K2tog* around
Round 6: K
Round 7: *K4, K2tog* around
Round 8: K
Round 9: *K3, K2tog* around
Round 10: *K2, K2tog* around
Round 11: *K1, K2tog* around
10 stitches remain

Finishing:

Cut the yarn, leaving a 12 inch tail. Using a yarn needle, thread the tail through remaining stitches, removing stitch markers as you go. Gently pull the top of the hat closed, then run the yarn needle through each of the top stitches once more. Push the yarn needle through the top of the hat to the inside. Tie off and weave in the tail.
Weave in the beginning tail on the inside of the cuff.
Add a pompom if desired.

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