Pictured in Adult Large (that's why Hedwig's in
her big hair today)
The story behind this hat is simple: I have a friend who struggles to find a hat big enough for her hair, and I happen to know an independent knitwear accessory designer who loves to make people stuff they can't seem to find in stores (hint: it's me!). So, basically, the Arrowhead Hat is designed with plenty of slouch and two different sizes to accommodate as much or as little hair as you'd like to put inside of it.
Sizes: Adult Small (Adult Large)
|A better look|
at the back.
Notions: Tapestry needle, 1 stitch marker
Gauge: 22 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette on size US 6 needles
And that makes it hat time! Using your size US 5 needle, then, cast on 112 (128) stitches loosely, place marker, and join in round. Then we'll work some ribbing, as follows:
Ribbing Row: * k1, p1; rep from *
Knit this ribbing row until piece measures roughly 2.5" in length, and then transfer work to your size US 6 circular needle. Then we'll begin our main pattern, which is a combination of Arrowhead Lace and Little Arrowhead Lace from page 193 of Barbara G. Walker's A Treasury of Knitting Patterns, and goes as follows:
Row 1: knit
Row 2: * k1, (yo, ssk) twice, k1, (k2tog, yo) twice, k1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo *
Row 3: knit
Row 4: * k2, yo, ssk, yo, slip 2 together knitwise-k1-pass 2 slipped stitches over (sl2-k1-p2sso), yo, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, sl2-k1-p2sso, yo, k1 *
Knit rows 1 - 4 until piece measures roughly 7" (9") and you've just finished row 1 of the pattern. Then we'll begin the decrease as follows:
Decrease Row 1: * k1, ssk, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo * (98 stitches (112 stitches))
Decrease Row 2: knit
If you're making the small size, you're going to want to switch to your dpns about now...
Decrease Row 3: * k1, ssk, yo, sl2-k1-p2sso, yo, k2tog, k2, yo, sl2-k1-p2sso, yo, k1 * (84 stitches (96 stitches))
Decrease Row 4: knit
If you're making the large size, you're going to want to switch to your dpns about now...
Decrease Row 5: * k1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo * (70 stitches (80 stitches))
Decrease Row 6: knit
Decrease Row 7: * k1, sl2-k1-p2sso, k2, yo, sl2-k1-p2sso, yo, k1 * (56 stitches (64 stitches))
Decrease Row 8: knit
Decrease Row 9: * sl2-k1-p2sso, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo * (42 stitches (48 stitches)
Decrease Row 10: * k2, sl2-k1-p2sso, k1 * (26 stitches (30 stitches))
Decrease Row 11: * k1, sl2-k1-p2sso * (12 stitches (14 stitches))
Decrease Row 12: * k2tog * (6 stitches (7 stitches))
Knit decrease rows 1 - 12, clip yarn tail, and thread tapestry needle through final 6 (7) stitches. Thread to inside of hat, pull tight, and knot. Tuck in ends.