I love a hat. Any hat. But a beanie really tugs at my heart strings. There are few things as nice as a beanie on a cold and miserable day. And with this collection, everybody is sure to stay warm!
My husband and son also love their beanies in winter. But to both of them, a beanie is not a fashion item. They couldn’t care for slouchy hats. They pull the hat all the way down onto their heads, and fold it over if it is too long. No stitch pattern other than ribbing works for these two men in my life. At least, when they fold ribbing over, it doesn’t look bad! This little beanie is so easy to knit, and the crown decreases result in a gorgeous design!
Being a grandmother, I decided to extend this pattern to accommodate the grandkids as well. They grow so fast. At least with a stretchy, fold-over hat, they will be able to wear it much longer! So here is The Family Hat Collection! You have four sizes to choose from: (adult xl / adult / small child / baby).
The adult xl is really big – it is for a BIG man with a BIG head. Most men will be fine with the adult size knitted on 4.5mm needles.
- Double Knit Yarn (±200m/100g)
- Adult xl: 150g
- Adult / small child: 100g
- Baby 50g
- 4.0mm circular knitting pins long enough to magic loop
- af – as facing – If your next st is a knit stitch (V visible), knit it; if your next st is a purl st (horizontal bar visible), purl it.
- k – knit
- m – marker
- p – purl
- p2tog – purl two together
- pm – place marker
- sm – slip marker
- st – stitch (sts)
Special Stitch Patterns
(p2, k2) repeat to end of round
Cast on (128 / 112 / 96 / 80) sts.
Place a sm to mark the start and end of each round.
Join to knit in the round in whichever method you prefer.
Starting with purl, knit in double rib until your work is (23 / 21 / 18 / 16) cm from the cast-on edge – (9 / 8 / 7 / 6 inches) if you want a fold-over. If you don’t like the fold-over, knit in double rib until your work is (18 / 16 / 14 / 13) cm from the cast-on edge – (7 / 6 / 5 / 4) inches.
Do one more row of double rib, placing a m after every 16 sts. You should have (8 / 7 / 6 / 5) groups of 16 sts each.
(p1, p2tog, af to m, sm) across the round.
Repeat row 2 until you have 4 sts left in each section.
(p2tog, k2togbl, rm) across the row
Cut a long tail, and use a wool needle to thread the tail TWICE through all the stitches, before removing your needles.
Once removed, pull the ring tight, and weave the end tail away on the INSIDE of the hat. The starting tail should be woven away on the outside of the hat, no higher than 2cm, if made to fold over. If not made to fold over, weave the tail away on the inside.
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