Monday, September 2, 2013

Easy Scrap-Buster Slouch Hat

Easy Scrap-Buster Slouch Hat 1-5
I have knitted 8 hats in the last month or so, and I find this one so easy that I keep just doing variations! 

I basically did a copy of a 'Wooden Ships" hat I picked up in a thrift store for 3 bucks, which most closely resembles HAT # 4, except mine is slouchier and the stripe is different.
HAT # 2 is the same hat, but with seed stitch in the stripe instead of COLOR A , and all one color throughout.
HAT #5 is made by using a TUBULAR HEM instead of 1x1 rib, basically cast on, knit 16 rows, in the next row, knit the cast on loop with the current stitch, all along the row. It makes a nice clean look.
HAT # 1 uses lots of scrap yarn, I am using 2 strands of sock yarn , which equals one strand of worsted weight yarn. Its fun to combine colors and play with color.
HAT # 3 takes it a step further, the yarns are a little more irregular as I am using some handspun in there, and have added some textural stitches here and there.This one is still "in progress" HAT # 1 and HAT # 3 have a simple roll start.(no rib)
Lots of Scraps used in this one


Easy Slouch Hat


Cast on 80 stitches in worsted weight (or equivalent) on a size 6 or 7 needle.  (circulars can use magic loop, or you can use double pointed needles) If you are a loose knitter, use 6, if you are a tight knitter , choose 7.
note: I have used the abbreviation "O" to mean "yarn over needle"

HAT # 4 with Pointelle rows:

Knit 10 rows in 1x1 rib in Color A
Change to size  8 or 9 needles, proceed as follows:
Knit 2 rows in color B
***Knit 5 rows in color A
Row 6 : Knit one row in color B
Row 7 : in B , PM,* knit 1,O, k2 tog, repeat from *
Row 8 : knit
Row 9 : slip marker, knit 2, *O, slip1/k1/psso, repeat from *
Row 10 through 15, knit in color B
repeat from *** 2 times more

Final repeat and crown decrease:
Repeat rows  1 through 10
Start decreases: knit 8, k2 tog, repeat
Next row: knit
Knit 7, k2 tog, repeat
Next row: knit
Knit 6, K 2 tog, repeat
Next row, knit
Knit 5, K2 tog, repeat
Next row : knit
Knit 4, k2 tog, repeat
Next row, Knit
Knit 3, knit 2 tog, repeat
Next row, knit
Knit 2 tog, repeat all around
Next row: k2 tog, repeat
With a darning needle, thread the yarn tail through all loops and finish.

Stripe Variations: Hat # 1 and #3
Follow instructions for # 4, but substitute random stripes of your own preference, and random odds and ends of your scraps that you want to use up. Final measurements vary, but in general the circumference of this hat is around 9 1/2", the length ends up, for me, to be 10 to 10 3/4, but you can make it as long as you want.
In a nutshell: after a 1 x 1 rib hem, or a roll hem, or a tubular hem, knit about 55 rows before starting the crown decreases. 

VARIATION: LACEY DECREASE

Knit 6, O, K2 tog, slip the “tog” stitch over the next st (double decrease)
Next row, Knit
Knit 5, O, K2 tog, slip the “tog” stitch over the next st
Next row, Knit
Knit 4, O, K2 tog, slip the “tog” stitch over the next st
Next row, Knit
Knit 3, O, K2 tog, slip the “tog” stitch over the next st
Next row, Knit
Knit 2, O, K2 tog, slip the “tog” stitch over the next st
Next row, Knit
Knit 2 tog, repeat all around
Next row: k2 tog, repeat
With a darning needle, thread the yarn tail through all loops and finish.
Lacey Decreases




2 comments:

sharon said...

Hi, love the hat patterns! I am still a bit new to knitting---so what does the O stand for in the instructions?

Linda T said...

I'm not new to knitting, but also wonder what the O stands for... a yarn over YO is my guess. Would love to know for sure as they are such cute hats.