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Knitted Slouch Bobble Hat - WITH FREE PATTERN FOR BEGINNERS (below)
After knitting the Three Palette Scarf, I decided to stick with the winter theme and knit a hat for my daughter. She had grown out of her old one and desperately needed a new one. As I had plenty of the Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky left I decided to use it for the hat too. I was going to knit it in the round but my circular needles were too long. I stuck with just straight rows and sewed up the seam after.
I measured around Kayleigh’s head and it was 21 inches and then I measured from the top of her eyebrows to the back/top part of her head, which was 8 inches. I calculated the number of stitches, to fit this size, using the tension gauge from the yarn label. I then decided how to work the rim and main part of the hat. I chose the rib stitch for the rim and stockinette stitch for the main part. I originally planned to fold the brim, so I knitted enough rows to make the hat slightly bigger than 8 inches. However, Kayleigh didn’t want the brim folded once the hat was almost finished because she found the loose, slouch fit much more comfortable. I also think that I should have subtracted an inch or two off the circumference, but she found she liked it as it was so I left it.
I weaved the yarn in out of the stitches around the top of the hat and pulled it tight to close the top of the hat. I added a bobble/pompom to the top, which hid the seam.
I worked in rib stitch for this project, which is a combination of working alternate numbers of knit and purl stitches on each row. I also worked in stockinette stitch, which is a combination of working one row knit and the next row purl, then alternating each row in this pattern. This is definitely a pattern for a beginner and above.
Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky (shade - Champagne White (302), and Misty Grey (303)).
1 (each colour) x 100g (3.5oz/149yds/136m) ball.
Weight category: UK Chunky [US 5/Bulky/Chunky].
Tension/gauge: 14 stitches x 20 rows = 4″ (10cm) on size 6mm/UK 4 [US J/10] knitting needles.
The knitting needles I used were 6mm/UK 4 [US J/10].
I would give the Paintbox Yarns a 5 out of 5 for the following reasons:-
- It was easy to work and worked up quickly;
- There is a large choice of colours available;
- The feel of it was extremely soft;
- The cost of yarn is very reasonable - I paid about £2.25 per 100g ball and you get a lot on a ball;
- Would I use this yarn again? YES, DEFINITELY. You will see this yarn in a lot of my projects from now on.
NOTES:- This pattern is to fit head size from 21 inches to 23 inches. For other sizes, adjust the number of stitches and rows accordingly.
Paintbox Simply Chunky in Champagne White/A and Misty Grey/B - 1 x 100g in each
6mm Knitting Needles
With Colour A, cast on 70.
Row 1: K2, *P2, K2* rep to end;
Row 2: P2, *K2, P2* rep to end;
These two rows form the rib pattern.
Row 3 - 14: rep rows 1 and 2;
Row 15: K;
Row 16: P;
Row 17 - 20: rep rows 15 and 16;
Row 21: With Colour B, rep row 15;
Row 22: rep row 16;
Row 23 - 46: rep rows 15 and 16;
Cast off, leaving a long tail.
Sew row ends together in mattress or back stitch. Weave in ends.
Thread 60cm of Colour B yarn onto a darning/yarn needle, attach the end of the yarn to the top of the hat and weave in and out of the stitches. Then pull tight to close the top of the hat. Fasten off and weave in the end.
For the bobble/pompom, lay a strand of yarn (approx 20cm) between two fingers on your hand. Then, with your hand out straight and fingers together, wrap yarn around four fingers. Keep doing so until it is approx. 1cm thick and cut the yarn. Pull both ends of the strand of yarn up and tie it around the yarn you have just wound round your fingers. Slide the yarn off your fingers and tie the strand as tight as you can, knotting it to secure it. Then you will see that you have folded over yarn at both ends. You need to cut these to separate it and create the pompom tassels. Trim the ends to tidy it up and your pompom is complete. Now attach it to the top of your hat.
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