The hat starts with a garter band at the bottom, knit flat until it reaches around the head. The band is joined together; then stitches are picked up along the edge and the main part of the hat is knit in a mock-cable pattern. No stitches are decreased before the hat is bound off. The binding off is a bit tricky but makes a beautiful starfish!
Gauge – 20 sts x 36 rows = 4″ x 4″ in garter stitch
Yarn – one hank of Malabrigo in “Curry” or any worsted weight wool
Needles – #6 circs (I used 27″ long, which made it simple to try on as I knit but was a bit awkward to use)
With provisional cast on, cast on 16 sts
Work in garter stitch for 132 rows (66 ridges), slipping the first stitch of each row
Pull out provisional cast on, putting these 16 sts onto a spare needle
Match up ends of knitting to form a loop and using a spare needle, bind off together
Put the stitch leftover from the bind off onto a circular needle and pick up stitches along the slip-stitch loop as follows – *Pick up and knit two stitches, M1* – 100 sts should be on the needle at the end.
(If not, slip in a few increases or decreases in the next round. I ended up with 98 somehow… anyone’s guess how.)
Rounds 1 and 2: *K3, P2*
Round 3: *Slip 1 knitwise, K2, pass slipped stitch over, P2*
Round 4: *K1, yarnover, K1, P2*
Repeat these four rounds until hat is 8″ from start. Repeat Round 1 once more. Now for the fun part…
Turn the hat inside-out and hold the tips of the circular needle together.
Using the three-needle bind off, bind off 10 sts together. (80 sts left on circ, 1 on third needle.)
Bind off one more stitch in the normal manner, then transfer the stitch on the third needle to the other end of the circ. Work 9 more stitches in pattern stitch (should be k1, p3, k2, p3) – 10 sts on right, 70 sts on left
Turn the knitting around again, setting up for a 3-needle bind off, and with a third needle bind off those 10 sts. Continue in this manner until all stitches are bound off – makes five nice and tidy points, with a big hole in the center.
Cut yarn, leaving enough of a tail to creatively stitch up the hole in the center. Sew up at hole, weave in ends, and wear with flair!
Notes – even though the gauge suggests the garter band is only 14.5″ around, it very easily stretches to fit my 22″ noggin. Rather than *gasp* trusting the pattern, it’d be best to measure the strip around your head and see at what point it feels most comfortable. Pick up stitches along the band at the same ratio, then fudge to make it a multiple of 5. If the ribbing turns out oddly, it’s very easy to frog back to the band and try again with more or fewer stitches.
(timestamp messed with to make it fall back in the archives a bit. will be set to actual date (9/21) someday.)
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