|Susan's Slouch Hat|
(even though Hedwig is wearing it)
As you can probably guess from the name in the title, this hat was designed with a specific person in mind. And in fact, I've been meaning to knit this person something for some time, but it wasn't until autumn descended and I saw her seasonal red jacket that I realized EXACTLY what she needed (to be fair, she also told me she wanted something in the white/natural color family and tried to get knitting tips before I stole the project right out from under her and told her I'd come up with something instead). What was I saying? Oh right, Susan's Slouch Hat will be your go-to head covering since it knits up quickly in chunky weight yarn and has a simple but elegant design. (Oh, and let's keep our fingers crossed that it becomes Susan's go-to head covering as well, or the whole thing is a monumental failure!)
Yarn: Malabrigo Mecha (100% Pure Merino Superwash Wool; 130 yards [120 meters]/100 grams); #063 Natural - one skein
|A close-up of the detail that takes this hat from|
blah to boo-yah (yeah, nobody says that)!
Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch marker
Gauge: 14 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette on size US 10.5 needles
So let's make a hat! Using your size US 8 circular needle, then, cast on 72 stitches loosely, place marker, and join in round. Then, we'll work some ribbing, as follows:
Ribbing Row: * k1, p1; rep from * until end of round
Work ribbing until piece measures roughly 2.5". Then, we'll add a bunch of stitches that we'll later use to work the circle thing at the top of the ribbing. Once we add them, we'll simply hold them all on a piece of scrap yarn running around the outside of the hat. So, to that end, work these two transition rows:
Transition Row 1: * knit front and back of stitch (kfb); rep from * until you have one stitch left in round. On final stitch, knit the front of the stitch, clip the yarn tail (leaving roughly 18" - also, this part is important, don't forget to clip!), then rejoin yarn and knit the back of the final stitch (144 stitches) (and yes, all of these stitches will be difficult to fit on your needle, but you should be able to just squeeze them on)
For the next row, knit onto your size US 10.5 needle (you're done with your size US 8 one, but it would be unnecessarily difficult to transfer your work without knitting it at the same time). So continue as written in Transition Row 2 below, using your larger needle. Oh, and you can also find a video demonstrating Transition Row 2 below the written-out part, but don't get confused if you notice that I'm not knitting onto my larger needle. The hat looks silly if you don't transition needle sizes at this row, which is what I realized after I made this video on my smaller needle and had to rip back (but had no time to record a new demonstration). So don't make my mistake, and definitely use your bigger needle now! Anyway, continue working like so:
Transition Row 2: thread your tapestry needle onto your scrap yarn; then, * transfer next stitch to scrap yarn purlwise, k1; rep from * until end of round (72 stitches on needle; 72 on scrap yarn) (and yes, you can basically just ignore those extra stitches for now - I'll let you know when we get back to them!)
Decrease Row 1: * k2tog * (36 stitches)
Decrease Row 2: * k2tog * (18 stitches)
Decrease Row 3: * k2tog * (9 stitches)
Complete decrease rows 1 - 3. Clip yarn tail, thread through remaining 9 stitches, and pull tight. Thread to inside of hat and knot. Then we'll go back to those held stitches at the top of the ribbing. At this point, it's probably easiest just to watch the video below (you can find an attempt at written instructions below that). At any rate, either watch the video or read my written instructions in order to complete the detail above the ribbing!
And now, as long as you've finished the top-of-ribbing detail, it's time to tuck in your ends and, if desired, block!