I got my hair cut a few weeks ago, cut to just above the shoulders—nothing too drastic, but different enough that I’ve been changing the way I dress to adapt to it. I’ve been wearing jeans more, and after a while I also started stealing Drew’s hats, ones I never would have worn with long hair. It just didn’t look right.
A couple nights before we went to Charleston I decided to knit my own watch cap-style hat so that I wouldn’t have to steal Drew’s anymore. Thanks to Ravelry I found a great pattern, a quick knit using bulky yarn and big double pointed needles. I changed it up a little—I didn’t have any bulky yarn, so I used two strands of worsted instead, and also used smaller needles. Here’s the pattern with a couple changes I made:
Handspun Ribbed Hat, adapted from Knit Wiki
2 50 g. balls of worsted weight yarn
1 set of US size 10 double pointed needles
1 yarn needle for sewing in ends
I’m lazy, and don’t knit gauge samples unless I have to. The pattern calls for a gauge of around 15 stitches to 3.9 inches, but it might turn out differently since I use smaller needles.
Cast on 76 stitches and work around 8.5 inches of k2, p2 rib.
1st round: *K2, p2tog; repeat from * to the end of the round (57sts)
2nd round: *K2, p1; repeat from * to the end of the round
3rd round: *K2tog, P1; repeat from * to the end of the round (38sts)
4th round: *K1, p1; repeat from * to the end of the round
5th round: Knit 2 together around (19sts)
6th round: Knit 3 together six times, k1 (7sts)
Break yarn, thread the tail through the remaining stitches, pull tight and fasten off.