Monday, January 24, 2011

The New Quick and Easy Ribbed Hat

It was time for the updated version of the fabulous Quick and Easy Ribbed Hat. I love the original for its speed, (the short time it takes to knit it), versatility (looks good on almost everyone) style (definitely, a cute hat) and its warmth (It's just perfect for a cold and windy day). But, I discovered, with a slightly different decrease, I could create another fashion statement, a chic new style that drew raves the minute I put it on. I completed it at the beginning of the Vogue Knitting Live this past weekend and it was the perfect head covering for a brutally cold winter day. And, it didn't suffocate me when I wore it indoors. Better yet, everyone seemed crazy about it. It's another really fast knit (barely two hours to complete with lots of distraction from some very enthusiastic fellow knitters) and I immediately fell in love. Like its predecessor, it's knit with just one skein of Misti Alpaca's Super Chunky 50/50 merino/alpaca,. Solid colors are in limited supply and available in just a couple of shades. Fortunately, I've stocked up on them and at just $12 a skein, this hat is a great buy. Should you wish to purchase the yarn, just contact me and I will be happy to send it out pronto. Special thanks to Tania for modeling. The pattern appears below:

New Quick and Easy Ribbed Hat

Yes, quick about 2 hours. So easy, a perfect knit while sitting around with friends or in a comfy chair by the fireplace. This one-size hat will fit the average adult.
Materials: 1 skein Misti Alpaca, Super Chunky 3 Ply, 50% alpaca, 50% merino wool
100 gr - 55 ydsUS 13 /9mm 16” circular needles
stitch marker
tapestry needle
Optional: 1 set US 13/9mm double pointed needles (any length)

Gauge: approximately 2 sts=1”

Instructions: Cast on 36 stitches, place marker and join.
Row 1: Purl across row
Knit 5 rows
Purl 3 rows
Knit 4 rows
Purl 3 rows
Knit 4 rows
Purl 3 rows
Piece should measure approximately 6” when slightly stretched. If not, knit one more row and begin decreases as follows:
* P4 p2 tog, repeat from * across row (30 sts)
Change to double points if your work becomes too tight on the circular needles.
*K3, k2 tog, repeat from * across row (24 sts)
*K2, k2 tog, repeat from * across row (18 sts)
*K1, K2 tog, repeat from * across row (12 sts)
*K2 tog Repeat from * across row (6 sts)

Cut yarn, leaving 9” tail and thread tapestry needle, draw needle thru remaining 6 sts. Pull tightly, weave in ends and wear your new and cozy hat.

Copyright Notice: The entire contents of this pattern and the knitted design to which it refers are subject to copyright.  Please use this pattern for your personal non-commercial use only.

2011 by Laurie Kimmelstiel


Blogger Louise said...

Cute hat! Thanks for posting the pattern. I am always looking for quick, simple but warm hat patterns.

5:58 PM  
Blogger Mary Hunt said...

Love the hat. I'm just learning to knit, so looking for easy cute patterns.

9:02 AM  
Blogger The Yarn Princess said...

thanks, so glad you like it.

10:23 AM  
Blogger Stephanie Ostrich said...

Cute hat. Thanks for the pattern. Found it on Ravelry. Accidentally bought bulky yarn and have no idea what to do with it since I dont usually use that weight. Going to make a hat and scarf for my daughters teacher:)


9:45 AM  
Blogger Maura said...

I just make this and it really was fast and easy and boy did it turn out cute! Now I am trying to figure out how many stitches to cast on to make one for my son. Thanks for the awesome pattern :)

11:11 AM  
Blogger The Yarn Princess said...

How old is your son? It shouldn't be difficult to determine the size. let me know and I will give you an idea of sizing. thanks again for your lovely comment.

12:21 AM  
Blogger Mair said...

I am so excited to find this pattern. I have never done a hat and was looking for a pattern whose instructions alone didn't confuse me. I actually think I can follow this one! I've only just done my first project in the round (a bulky cowl) and I've gotten so many compliments on it that I'm ready to try something a little more complicated. Oh, and I'm tired of my ears being cold because my current had isn't snug enough on my head! Thanks again for posting this pattern :)

9:28 AM  
Blogger Lavinia Creati-VITA said...

Ready to put it on my needles!!!

6:30 AM  
Blogger Knit baby said...

When you said if hat doesn't measure approx 6" knit another row, do you mean knit 1 row or one more set of 5 rows. Or should I actually purl 1 more row? Cutest hat ever!

8:45 PM  
Blogger The Yarn Princess said...

Just as it says, knit 1 more row or 2 rows if needed. . thanks.

11:38 PM  

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