Here is the hat I just made for myself:
Here it is on me. Please ignore me and just look at the hat!
Here’s how I made it:
I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn, four different colors. I chose Vanna’s Choice because that’s what I had lying around. It is a 100% acrylic yarn that is easy to handle. The main color is Dusty Blue. The stripes are done in Olive, Dusty Rose, and Dusty Purple.
I decided to make a 19-inch circumference hat, which is appropriate for a small adult or woman. I knitted a 4-inch wide swatch and discovered that with #8 needles, this yarn knits up at 4 stitches per inch, so I needed to use 76 stitches around, in a 16-inch circular needle.
To insure that my initial casting-on stitches aren’t too tight, I cast on to a #10 needle, then knit onto my #8 circular needle. Make sure you don’t twist the stitches when you knit the subsequent rows! I did a K1, P1 ribbing for 3 inches. If I were to do it again, I think I would have used a #7 needle for the ribbing, but the hat came out fine with the looser ribbing anyway, so it didn’t matter.
Then I switched to stockinette stitch. I knitted until the hat measured around six inches or so, then I made my stripes: Olive first, then Dusty Rose, then Dusty Purple, three rows of each (1/2 inch). Then I switched back to the main color, Dusty Blue, and knitted for a half inch more before beginning decreases.
If you are making a woman’s hat, you should knit straight for six inches before starting your decreases. If you are making the hat with a foldover, as this one that I made had, you should knit for eight inches before starting your decreases.
Infants’ hats are 14 inches around and 4 inches high.
Childrens’ hats are 16 inches around and 5 inches high.
Teens’ hats are 18 inches around and 6 inches high.
Small adult hats are 20 inches around and 6 inches high.
Large adult hats are 22 inches around and 7 inches high.
Add two inches if you are making a foldover.
Okay, now for the decreases. Here is what I did: I decided to do an 8-arm spiral. I had 76 stitches. I had to get to a multiple of 8. 8×9=72. So I inserted my stitch markers: 10 stitches first, then 9, then 10, then 9, and so on, all the way around. I had 8 groups. Then, I *K2 tog the first stitches of the first group, then K the rest of the stitches of that group, then K the second group,* all the way around. I had decreased by four stitches and have 72 stitches on the needle. K the next row without any decreases.
With 72 stitches on the needle, I was easily able to do the 8-arm spiral. K2 tog at each marker for the next row. You will have 64 stitches. K the next row without decreasing. At the next row, K2 tog at each marker, resulting in 56 stitches. K the next row without decreasing. At the next row, K2 together at each marker, resulting in 48 stitches, K without decreasing in the next row. Continue in this manner until you have 40, 32, 24, and finally 16 stitches on the needles (by now you have switched to DPN’s). K2 tog all the way around. With a yarn needle, weave the yarn through the all the loops on your needles twice and bind off on the wrong side of the hat.
You’ll want to neaten up the loose yarns on the inside of the hat resulting from switching colors. I usually knot them carefully and weave them into the fabric and cut them, again, carefully. Try to make the bottom of the hat look seamless by tucking in the end neatly.
So far, I have not chosen to make a pompom for this hat, but I may change my mind. There are many good pompom makers out there. If I were to make one, I think I’d mix all four colors together in the ball. Well, I don’t know. We’ll see.