|Belt Welt Hat|
First, I should mention that I'm pretty sure this is the most expensive skein of yarn I've ever purchased, and it was WORTH EVERY PENNY! So smooth, so wonderful to knit - seriously, I would take a bath in the stuff if I could afford it. Luckily, you don't have to use this luxurious of a yarn to make this pattern pop - any heavier weight worsted should do. But perhaps the best thing about this pattern is that it's a pretty simple knit that still yields a lot of graphic appeal. Or in other words, you won't have to put in a lot of work in order to end up with a hat that you'll be pleased with.
Sizes: Small Adult (Large Adult)
Yarn: Simplinatural by HiKoo by Skacel (40% Baby Alpaca, 40% Fine Merino Wool, 20% Mulberry Silk; 183 yards [167 meters]/100 grams); #098 Bright Blue – one skein (both sizes)
Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch marker
So let's get one thing straight, here. The only difference between the size small hat the large is needle size - if you want to make a small hat, use 6s and 8s. If you want a large hat, use 7s and 9s! And now that we've got that taken care of, using your smaller circular needle, cast on 90 stitches, place marker, and join in round. Then we'll knit the following ribbing row:
Ribbing Row: * p1, k1; rep from *
Knit this ribbing row until piece measures 4". And now, it's time to switch to your larger needles and the main pattern, which is Belt Welt from page 6 of Barbara G. Walker's A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns, and goes as follows:
Rows 1 - 4: knit
Rows 5 - 8: * p4, k2 *
Knit rows 1 - 8 four times, and then it's time to begin the decreases, which go as follows:
Decrease Row 1: * k3, k2tog, ssk, k11 * (80 stitches)
Decrease Row 2: * k2, k2tog, ssk, k10 * (70 stitches)
You may want to switch to your dpns about now...
Decrease Row 3: * k1, k2tog, ssk, k9 * (60 stitches)
Decrease Row 4: * k2tog, ssk, k8 * (50 stitches)
Decrease Row 5: slip first stitch from first dpn to last dpn (so, in effect, this will become the last stitch of the row rather than the first); then, * ssk, k1, p4, k1, k2tog * (40 stitches)
Decrease Row 6: * ssk, p4, k2tog * (30 stitches)
Decrease Row 7: * k1, (p2tog) twice, k1 * (20 stitches)
Decrease Row 8: * k1, p2tog, k1 * (15 stitches)
Decrease Row 9: * slip 2 together knitwise-k1-p2sso * (5 stitches)
Clip tail of yarn, thread through final 5 stitches and pull tight. Thread to inside of hat and knot. Tuck in ends.