This is the sort of hat I knit late at night when I can’t think of a pattern that I really want to knit and I know I have enough of the yarn to knit a full hat. There’s about 3 inches of ribbing and then the hat is knit around and around until I am ready for the decreases, and then work a series of rounds of knit two together around interspersed with plain rounds to decrease quickly. The ribbing is deep enough to hold the hat firmly in place, but the hat is also very large size (almost 24 inches around) so it will fit loosely.
Super bulky cashmere yarn recycled from a sweater- I combined multiple strands together using a ball winder. The thicker yarn makes this hat warm, but also has the benefit of hiding the small knots- cashmere likes to break easily as it is unraveled- especially when you accidentally cut it! Winding multiple strands together makes it so that if a knot comes undone the whole hat doesn’t unravel.
The dark blue is leftover wool/acrylic from another hat- I love how fluffy it made the pompom!
PS- I long ago gave up making pom poms with cardboard/wrapping them about me fingers- which is always a disaster and involves lots of trimming. I use a pom pom maker with latches- mine looks like these which you can find on eBay for about $5. They work well enough if you only need to occasionally make pom poms, but are not as sturdy as the Clover ones (the latches on mine tend to fall off).
I knit this hat in wool tapestry yarn I found at the thrift store. The yarn worsted weight yarn more suitable for outerwear than next to the skin, but that will make the hat quite sturdy and warm. I used the last bits of several skeins left over from other projects to add pops of color and stripes to this hat. Just a few rounds of color work here and there really make the pattern pop, and nothing is more than a repeat of four stitches around. The top of the hat incorporates a tiny bit every curlicue yarn as I ran out of wool yarn for the top. As usual a decreased for the top quickly over just a few rounds to finish off the hat.
I knit this hat in wool tapestry yarn I found out the thrift store. I worked a 2 x 2 corrugated ribbing for about an inch and a half before making up the tree pattern as they went along (I planned it so the trees would be a multiple of eight stitches). from there, I made up the pattern. As I went along, letting the amount of yarn I had left dictate the motifs I used. the hat is quite large – close to 24 inches around, so good for someone with lots of hair or dreads. Since it’s a 100% wool yarn hat it is quite warm and will absorb quite a bit of moisture, making it suitable for wearing and light rain. the top of the hat uses my normal decreases, decreasing very quickly over just a few rounds to finish off the hat. I worked a single crochet stitch along the bottom 10 added tiny pop of color, and use up the leftover bit of green yarn that I had left. The result is a very retro inspired hat with plenty of quirk.
Knit in Cascade 220 Superwash, this is a simple 2×2 ribbed hat knit until I couldn’t stand to knit any more ribbing. The hem is long enough to fold up several inches, perfect for a winter hat.
It takes almost a full skein of Cascade 220 to knit a ribbed hat that fits fairly loosely (8-16 stitches more than you would use for st st, to help keep it loose enough that it doesn’t pull in over your glasses!) and has a deep fold up hem.