Hats, hats, hats… they are just so lovely, elegant and fun to knit projects that I can’t stop doing them. This classy look hat is simply a jewel among the hats I’ve knitted recently. Its top, made using English rib stitch, accompanied with an unusual brim, made using short rows of garter stitch, give this hat magnetic attractiveness and diamond’s splendor look. Put everything else aside, take your favorite yarn and needles, and let’s knit it together.
Knitting materials and knitting tools:
<> Circular (40-60 cm) or double pointed knitting needles, size 9 (US 13/UK 0)
<> Lion Brand Wool, Ease Thick & Quick – 20% wool, 80% acrylic. Color of your choice; 1 ball
<> Min 3 locking stitch markers, scissors, hook or tapestry needle
<> Real/faux fur/ yarn pompom
Adult: 54-60 cm
Gauge: 9-10 stitches in = 4 inches in stockinette
Common abbreviations of knitting stitches:
k – knit
p – purl
pm – place marker
k2tog – knit two together
yo – yarn over: bring yarn from front to back over the top of the right needle.
ryo – reverse yarn over: bring the yarn to the front over the top of the right needle.
Body of the crown jewel hat pattern:
Using long tail method cast on 44 stitches or any other number divisible by 2. Place marker (#1) and join to knit in the round. If you are using invisible join in the round, please cast on one more additional stitch.
Round 1: [k1, slip next stitch with the working yarn in front] – repeat till the end of round.
Round 2: [slip stitch with the working yarn in back, p1] – repeat till the end of round.
Row 1 (short row): knit until the last 4 stitches, turn the work, pm (#2).
Row 2 (short row): ryo, knit all stitches until the last 2 before marker #1, turn, pm (#3).
Row 3 (short row): ryo, knit until the last 2 stitches and ryo before marker #2 turn, pm #2. If you are using locking stitch marker, always move it from the previous to the current row.
Row 4 (short row): ryo, knit all stitches until the last 2 before marker #3, turn, pm (#3).
Repeat Rows 3 and 4 for five (5) more times to get in total 14 short rows. If you are using another yarn weight knit until piece measures at least 8 cm from edge.
As soon as you have made a turn in the last row it is time to start getting rid of those holes.
Row 15: knit all stitches till the marker #1. (ryo from the previous round always knit together with the next stitch to prevent holes).
Round 16: knit all stitches around. (to prevent holes in this round k2tog through the back loop – knit stitch and ryo from the previous round. To make k2tog stitch look smooth I twist knit stitch making her right “leg” at the back of the needle and then knit it together with ryo through the back loop.
Remove markers #2 and #3.
We are done with a brim.
For knitting the main part of the hat I was using English Rib Knitting Stitch.
Round 1: [k1, 1 yo, slip next stitch purlwise] – repeat till the end of round.
Round 2: hold on with your finger last yo of the previous round. [1 yo, slip next stitch purlwise, purl yo and the slipped stitch together] – repeat till the end of round.
Round 3: [ knit yo and the slipped stitch together, 1 yo, slip next stitch through the back look] – repeat till the end of round.
Repeat Rounds 2 and 3 until English rib part reaches 11-12 cm.
Before shaping crown knit 1-2 rounds of simple rib – k1, p2. There will be no yarn over stitches.
Shaping the crown of jewel knit hat:
Row 1: [k2tog (twist knit stitch here), k1, p1] – repeat till the end of round.
Row 2: [k2, p1] – repeat till the end of round
Row 3: [k1, k2tog (twist knit stitch here)] – repeat till the end of round.
I have stopped at this point, but if you are using lighter weight yarn you can go on with decreases.
Row 4 (optionally): knit all stitches around
Row 5 (optionally): k2tog acround
Fasten off leaving 10 cm tail. Weave tail through remaining stitches. Pull tail to close top. Weave in ends.
Add a finishing touch by attaching your favorite faux, real fur or yarn pom pom.