Making the Charity Hat

Photo by Olliss on Unsplash

This is part two of my knitting charity hats series.  For part 1 go here.
Now that you have your supplies, it’s time to make your hat. This is the basic pattern I follow.
 
The pattern:
 
  1. Cast on 48 stitches, join in the round being careful not to twist your work
  2.  K2 P2 for four rows
  3.  Work in Stockinette stitch for 5 inches.
  4. K6, K2tog around
  5. K5, K2tog around
  6. K4, K2tog around
  7. K3, K2tog around
  8. K2, K2tog around
  9. K1, K2tog around
  10. K2tog around
  11. Thread yarn through remaining stitches and weave ends.
So here’s what that means.

Cast On

There are a lot of ways to cast on and I learned how to use the long tail cast on method. But I was always left without enough yarn to get all my stitches on. Now I use the knitted cast on and my life is so much happier.
 
 
I found that using my double pointed needles to cast on makes things a little easier. It means less counting (because I can count 4 bundles of 12 much easier than 48 at once). It also means if my stitches are a little tight I’m not worried about making them meet at the ends of my round needles.

Join in the round

This really just means you are completing your circle. Here’s a handy video for a visual guide
 

K2 P2 around

This is setting up the edge of your hat so it’s a little stretchy for the wearer. Most people tell you to go until you have so many inches of K2, P2, but I just do four or so rows and call it a day.

Work in stockinette stitch for 5 inches

Once I’ve finished my first 4 rows, I grab my circular needles and start stockinette stitch. I like doing this with circular needles because it’s kind of brainless and I can focus on something else. Rather than busting out a tape measure every time I need to know how much I’ve done, I put the hat on. Once it’s to the top of my earlobes I start my decreases.

Decreases

Remember how you joined your first set of stitches in a circle by knitting two stitches together? You’ll be doing that in even intervals around. This is where it’s easier to grab your double pointed needles again. I like to divide my stitches up evenly on the needles and add a stitch marker between sets so I can do my decreases in front of the marker. Just go around until there’s only one stitch between markers.
 
Cut your yarn and use your darning needle to thread through the remaining stitches. Weave in the ends and you have a hat perfect for someone who needs it.
 
Next week I’ll be sharing ideas for where to donate your hat. If you make one, share it with me on Instagram using the hashtag #everydayeverest.

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