How to Knit a Hat.

While it’s warm and sunny in California at the moment (I know, I know, I’m so annoying, I’ll shut up about the weather, I promise) I know that for most of you the weather is pretty dire right now. In fact my snapchat and whatsapp were full of pretty, albeit, short lived snowy scenes a couple of days ago. This hat is the perfect project for a cosy wintery evening in—in fact I secretly wish it was cold so I would have an excuse to get knitting.

My lovely friend Claire has been making hats all winter long and I have been keeping track of her beautiful creations on instagram and facebook. When I asked her if she’d like to share her method she kindly agreed! So without further ado I present to you “How to Knit a Hat!” steps by Claire, silly little illustrations by me. If you make one please let us know, we would love to see ;) 

These are the materials you’ll need. Yarn, circular knitting needles (I use size 10), cardboard donuts, and a stitch marker (I just use a ring). 

1. Cast on 48 stitches. (If you don’t know how to do this, click here). 

2. Knit 3 inches of rib. Rib is usually one knit stitch, one purl stitch…but for this pattern I double it so I knit 2 and purl 2. It's abbreviated to k2, p2.

3. Knit stockinette stitch for 6 inches, abbreviated to k48. Then start to decrease slowly by knitting two stitches then knitting two stitches together, knit one row, knit one stitch knit two together, knit one row, knit two stitches together, knit one row then knit two together till you only have 6 stitches left then cast off, this is abbreviated to K2, k2tog. K36. K1, k2tog. K24. K2tog. K12. K2tog. CO. As we are knitting in a round using a stitch marker allows you to know when you have progressed from one row to the next. Click here for more information on how to use a stitch marker. 

4. This is what your hat should look like from above once you’ve cast off. 

5. To make your pom pom hold the donuts together and wrap with yarn until it’s thick and you can’t see any more cardboard.

6. Cut the wool between the two donuts all the way round, and tie off tightly using a length of wool.

7. Sew the pom pom to the top of your hat and voila!

Here are some things Claire suggested you could do while knitting your hat: 

  • Imagine the alpaca the wool came from. 
  • Watch a box set while making the hat (she watched all the animal planet documentaries narrated by the hero that is David Attenborough)
  • Eat snacks to keep you going (she had a pack of jelly tots).