Queen Of Hearts Hat Pattern

February 26, 2015


I may be a bit late for Valentine's Day this year with this pattern, but it's just too cute not to share anyhow! Perfect for those new to color work, you'll only work the contrasting color for a few rows, giving you just enough practice with two strands before you start to get so frustrated you just want to quit!

YARN 

50-120 yards worsted weight acrylic for MC.
20 yards worsted weight acrylic for CC.

Note: Any big box craft store worsted weight acrylic will work for this hat.
Some suggestions include Vanna’s Choice, Loops & Threads Impeccable, and Bernat Super Value.

NEEDLES 

US 9 / 5.5 mm 16” circular needle
US 9 / 5.5 mm double pointed needles

NOTIONS 

Darning needle for weaving in ends
Stitch Marker

GAUGE 

16 sts x 20 rows = 4" in stockinette

SIZES 

newborn (baby, toddler, child, adult)
12 (14, 16, 18, 20)” circumference unstretched.

Hat will stretch up to 3” to fit a wide variety of heads.

ABBREVIATIONS 

BO = bind off
CC = contrasting color
CO = cast on
DRnd = decrease round
K = knit
K2Tog = knit two sts together
MC = main color
P = purl
P2Tog = purl two sts together
RND = round
STS = stitches

DIRECTIONS 

With MC, CO 48 (56, 64, 72, 80) sts.
Join for working in the round.
Knit in 2x2 rib for 4 (5, 6, 7, 8) rows.

Knit one row.













Work the above chart around the hat one time for all sizes.
With MC, K all sts to 3.5 (4, 5, 6, 7)”.

DECREASES 

BEGIN ADULT DECREASES HERE
DRnd 1: (K8, K2TOG). Repeat around.
DRnd 2: K all sts.

BEGIN CHILD DECREASES HERE.
DRnd 3: (K7 K2TOG). Repeat around.
DRnd 4: K all sts.

BEGIN TODDLER DECREASES HERE
DRnd 5: (K6, K2TOG). Repeat around.
DRnd 6: K all sts.

BEGIN BABY DECREASES HERE
DRnd 7: (K5, K2TOG). Repeat around.
DRnd 8: K all sts.

BEGIN NEWBORN DECREASES HERE
DRnd 9: (K4, K2OG). Repeat around.
DRnd 10: K all sts.
DRnd 11: (K3, K2TOG). Repeat around.
DRnd 12: K all sts.
DRnd 13: (K2, K2TOG). Repeat around.
DRnd 14: K all sts.
DRnd 15: (K1, K2TOG). Repeat around.
DRnd 16: K all sts.
DRnd 17: K2TOG around.

FINISHING 

Break yarn, leaving a long tail.
Using darning needle, transfer all sts from knitting needle to yarn.
Pull tight, closing top of hat.
Turn hat inside out, weave yarn through sts one more time, knot (if desired) and weave in ends.
Turn hat right side out, and wear happily!

SHARE 

I’d love to see your finished hats! Tag your projects #shemakeshats on Instagram to share!

Photos used with permission from Adalia Eden Photographie.

Simple Slouch Knit Along // The Knit Stitch

February 25, 2015
Now that you've got all your stitches cast on, you're ready to join for working in the round and get to work on your hat! One of the reasons the Simple Slouch hat is so popular is its beginner-friendly nature. All you need to know to make the bulk of this hat you'll be learning today - the knit stitch!

Just as a reminder, this is how your stitches should look on the needles. All the bumps should be facing into the circle your needles make, so you know your stitches aren't twisted.


Tot Toppers Hats

February 24, 2015
I'm in love with the Tot Toppers pattern list. It's packed full of patterns of all varieties - sweaters, blankets, and more - but it's their hats that have me totally smitten.

Top Left: The Luka Slouch features all-over cables, is sized for the whole family, and is topped with my favorite hat accessory - a huge pom!

Top Right: I love the mini ear flaps on the Favorite Cap, and already have plans to make this worsted weight hat for several of my favorite charities, both with and without the rainbow look.

Bottom Left: I've got a soft spot for chevrons, and the Charlie Brown-esque Ollie Hat definitely makes me super happy! That there's a matching sweater to go along with makes my heart beat such a happy tune!

Bottom Right: The Squiggles Hat is the perfect hat for the knitter who hates double points and decreasing. Not only are rectangular hats adorable on kids, they're fun to make and mean you can just work without the worry of shaping!

 This is just a super small selection of the hat patterns - not to mention all the patterns - Tot Toppers has to offer. I got lost in their pattern pages for a good hour, so be warned!

Simple Slouch Knit-Along // Casting On

February 23, 2015

Who's excited to start casting on for their Simple Slouch hat today!?

This post is very picture-heavy, as I'll be sharing how to both make a slip knot, as well as perform the long-tail cast-on.I tried to get as much detail of each technique as possible, so if you're new to any of this, you should be able to follow along with ease! You should end up with stitches on your needle similar to the photo above, when you're done with these steps!


My Favorite Hat Sizing Chart

February 19, 2015
I've shared this on Instagram before, and regularly cycle it to the top of my Pinterest boards, but I wanted to share my favorite hat sizing chart here as well. Tot Toppers, where the chart originates, features "original patterns for tots & a modern line for those who are not". The patterns spread much farther than just hat patterns, but I've found many of my favorite hat patterns for kids on their site!

My most used parts of this chart are the first few lines, which feature head circumference and length. I will simply subtract 2" from the head circumference to know which size hat to make when using someone else's pattern, and aim for these sizes when writing my own.

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