I have been getting more comfortable with using smaller knitting needles. I'm trying to get away from making things with bulky or super bulky yarn only. Don't get me wrong, I will never give up my big needles and big yarn. It's my true love :)
After making this hat, I still feel like it took more time than I wanted to work on a hat. Maybe when I can speed through a project at lighting speed, I'll enjoy making things with smaller needles!
I have been making a lot of newborn knit items with smaller needles but I don't mind so much when the items are so itty bitty and adorable!
Knit one front and back is the method of Increase I used
Worsted Weight Yarn
US 10 - 6mm circular 16" needles
co - Cast on
k1 - Knit one
p1 - Purl one
k2tog - Knit 2 together
p2tog - Purl 2 together
BRIM (11 rounds) - The circumference fits 21-24"
co 68 stitches
Add stitch marker and join round (my favorite way of invisible joining)
k1, p1 all the way around
Round 1 (Increase Round) - k1 all the way around increasing (see video above) every 10th stitch (74 stitches total)
Rounds 2-3: k1, p1 all the way around
Rounds 4-5: p1, k1 all the way around
Repeats rounds 2-5 until desired length is reached. The longer, the slouchier.
You can cinch the top of the hat together or you can decrease the rounds and round off the top. I actually don't know the proper way to decrease seed/moss stitches so this is what I did:
Round 1 - *k1, p1* (4 times) for a total of 8 stitches and every 9th and 10th stitch, you decrease by doing *k2tog, p2tog*. Continue around [k1, p1 (4x); k2tog, p2tog].
Round 2 - k1, p1 all the way around
Round 3 - p1, k1 (3 times) for a total of 6 stitches and every 7th and 8th stitch, you decrease by doing p2tog, k2tog. Continue around [p1, k1 (3x); p2tog, k2tog].
Round 4 - p1, k1 all the way around
You can continue to decrease but this is where I stopped (4 rounds only for me).
Cut yarn leaving long tail. Weave through the remaining stitches as if to knit and close up. Weave in all ends.
To add or not to add a pom pom? That was the hardest questions of this? ha-ha This beanie was for me so it's large on my model ;)
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