Basic Rolled Edge Hat
Tricot / Knitting
This basic hat and two variations will fit most adults. You may want to adjust the patterns for someone with a larger or smaller head size. The trick to getting a hat to fit well is to get the correct measurement for the hat around the head, as well as the length from the center of the hat to the bottom of the brim.
If you can, it is best to measure the hat recipient before beginning. Then, since a hat should fit snuggly, you will need to subtract about 1" from the measurement around the head before calculating your gauge. It may take some trial and error before you get the best fitting hat for an unusual head size.
Basic Rolled Edge and Simple Rib Variation to fit size 21" to 23" head circumference.
Cable Rib Variation to fit size 20" to 22" head circumference.
One 4 oz. ball of worsted weight yarn
Size 8, 20" circular needles (for cast on and ribbing)
Size 8, double pointed needles for crown of hat
In stockinette stitch, 16 sts and 22 rows = 4"
Yarn used for samples shown
Lorna’s Laces Bullfrogs and Butterflies (85% wool/15% mohair, 4 oz., 190 yd.)
Basic Rolled Edge Hat: one skein in Icehouse
Ribbed Variation: one skein in Lakeview
Cable Variation: one skein in Berry
Two measurements are needed for a well fitting hat.
CO 80 sts, join into a circle, pm. Work in St st for 51.2".
End at marker, use marker as first “pm" in Crown section.
(Place marker, k2tog, k8) rep around - 70 sts.
*K 1 rnd with no decreases.
(K2tog, k to marker) rep around - 10 sts decreased.
Rep from * until 16 sts remain.
Cut yarn to 6", pass through rem sts, weave in ends.
The ribbing on this hat helps to pull the hat in tighter so you work with
more stitches on the
needle than the plain rolled edge hat.
CO 88 sts, join into a circle, pm. Work in k2, p2 rib for 6". Work in stockinette stitch for 2".
End at marker, use marker as first “place marker" in Crown section.
Crown (Place marker, k2tog, k9) rep around - 80 sts.
*K 1 rnd with no decreases.
(K2tog, k to marker) rep around - 8 sts decreased.
Rep from asterisk until 16 sts remain. Cut yarn to 6", pass through rem sts, weave in ends.
Cable Variation, Worked Flat
The cable ribbing on this hat pulls in even more than the simple ribbed variation hat above. This hat is a little tighter fit than the other two hats.
Using the same yarn, needles and gauge, CO 90 sts.
Work the cable repeat for 6".
Cable Repeat line by line instructions:
P1, (2 sts to cable needle in back, k2, k sts from cable needle, p2, k4, p2) rep across, ending with p1 instead of p2.
Row 2 and all even rows:
K1, (p4, k2, p2, k2) rep across, ending with k1 instead of k2.
Row 3 and 5:
P1, (k2, p2, 2 sts to cable needle in back, k2, k sts from cable needle, 2 sts to cn in front, k2, k sts from cable needle, p2) rep across,
ending with p1 instead of p2.
Work in Stockinette st for 2".
Dec 2 sts on the next right side row - 88 sts.
*Purl next row. (K2tog, k13, Place marker) rep across, omit placing marker after last st.
Rep from asterisk until 18 sts remain.
Cut yarn to 18", pass through rem sts, sew seam, weave in ends.