Andrew’s Hat – 59cm

This simple to make hat is my husband’s favourite… Quite a compliment as I created it after he complained others I made were too tight, not warm enough, too fancy, the fit not snug… Once he was finally happy, I wrote the pattern down and stored it safely for next time. Alas, when I needed it again I could barely understand my notes and had to start almost from scratch again. So, this time I typed the pattern up and tested it as I made a couple of new hats to replace the previous ones, now beyond wear. I thought I’d share it with others looking for a basic hat with plenty of stretch, comfort and warmth – perhaps it should be called Fussy Man’s Hat!

Wind the 2 balls into one ball. This not only provides additional warmth, it also gives a mock ombre/variegated colour. One hat uses approximately 60g (110m) wool.

Size 10mm knitting needles; 1 x 50g (app 80m) ball pure wool, blue; 1 x 50g (app 80m) ball pure wool, white

Rib: *K2, P2* repeated to end of row

Abbreviations:

CO: cast on

Beg: Beginning

K: knit

Stst: Stocking stitch

CO 48 stitches

Rows 1 – 4: Rib.

Rows 5 – 12: Beg with a knit row, Stst.

Row 13: *K8, K2tog* to last 8 st. K8.

Rows 14 – 20: Beg with a purl row, Stst.

Row 21: *K7, K2tog* to last 8 st. K8.

Rows 22 – 28: Beg with purl row, Stst.

Row 29: *K6, K2tog* to last 8 st. K8.

Rows 30 – 34: Beg with purl row, Stst.

Row 35: *K5, K2tog* to last st. K1.

Row 36: Purl.

Row 37: *K4, K2tog* to last st. K1.

Row 38: Purl.

Row 39: *K2tog* rep to end.

Cut thread, leaving 30cm tail. Use sewing needle to thread tail through stitches remaining on knitting needle. Pull tail firmly to sew crown edges together. Sew seam down to ribbed edge – turn edge to sew reverse side so that seam isn’t visible when worn.

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