We had a birthday here yesterday. Our sweet boy turned 16. It’s so hard to believe, seems like we just brought him home from the hospital yesterday. He is growing up far too fast. One of the issues I have with my kids growing up is that they have become harder to buy inexpensive gifts for.
Remember the days when you could find a cute little outfit for a few bucks at a rummage sale? Or the simple gift of a few precious new books to read?
Teenagers are hard to buy for.
Even harder to make things for.
I am undaunted by this challenge, I refuse to give in to conventional gift giving rules.
A few weeks ago I signed myself up for a knitting class on how to make hats. Living in Wi, we always have a need for hats. In fact, we loose about 3-4 of them per person per year. Somewhere there is a giant pile of lost hats from our family.
I have decided to personally make my own so that they will stand out in a pile of lost hats, and will be distinctive and easy to find. I tend to favor bright colors, especially for the boys.
This is the hat I made for our boy for his birthday. He loves it. He actually wore it IN PUBLIC. This is a good start!
You would be amazed how easy it was to make. I am not saying I didn’t have issues, because I did. My dear friend had to come and help me finish the top of it because I had accidentally knitted it into a lopsided point. But, we figured it out and I can’t wait to make another one.
If you can knit and purl, you can make this hat. It’s that simple.
If you are not a knitter there are tons of videos on how to do basic stitches on You Tube. Don’t be daunted, you can do it.
Here’s what you will need:
2 Skeins of color coordinated bulky yarn ( mine were neon yellow, and tweed blue)
Size 8 circular needles, 16″ long (or needles appropriately sized for your yarn)
Set of double pointed needles in same size as the circular needles
This pattern is based on one created by master knitter Liz Avery. This hat fits a medium head of 23″- 25″ circumference. If you need a larger size, increase the number of cast on stitches.
Cast on 64 stitches.
Using blue yarn, knit 2 stitches, purl 2 until end of round, place marker. Join needles to knit in the round.
Knit as directed, K2, P2 until ribbing is 2″ wide.
Begin increase round, adding 8 stitches evenly throughout the first round (you will have 72 stitches total).
Knit every stitch for 2 rows using blue yarn.
Change to yellow yarn color, leaving a 4″ tail. Knit 3 rows. Change back to blue yarn by pulling yarn up inside the hat to the next section.
Continue to Knit 3 rows blue, then 3 rows yellow. Repeat 4 times to make stripes.
Change to blue yarn, knit until hat measures 9″ in length from the edge of the brim. Change to yellow yarn to begin decrease round.
Begin decrease round, divide number of stitches by 4, knit evenly onto double pointed needles, adding a marker at each interval (tip, use different colored markers than the beginning of the round marker).
Round 1 Decrease: Knit by k2tog before marker, skip marker, K1 SSK, repeat until end of round. Make sure to make both decreases before and after each marker ( or the top of your hat will be a lopsided point).
Round 2 Decrease: Knit
Repeat rounds one and two until there are only 8 stitches left. Cut yarn leaving a 6″ tail. Thread yarn through darning needle, pick up remaining stitches from the double pointed needles. Thread needle through all stitches, then down through the top of the hat. Turn hat inside out, weave in end of yarn, snip to finish.
Let me know how it works, I would love to see your finished projects! I am also on Ravelry, you can follow me at designermom4.
Have a great day!
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