Recently I was asked to post a free hat knitting pattern that does not require using double pointed or circular needles and can be done flat on straight needle. Knitting patterns on straight needles are the best ones for beginners. Use of bulky yarn makes it even easier, if you are in a hurry to make someone a cute and needful present or would like to donate it for a charity cause. Whether you consider yourself a beginner or an advanced knitter, I can guarantee that you will be proud of your hat and show it off every time you wear it.
Knitting materials and knitting tools:
<> Straight needles, size 8 (US 11/UK 0)
<> Lion Brand Wool, Ease Thick & Quick – 20% wool, 80% acrylic. Color of your choice. In total 140 grams.
Ribbed bubble knitting hat size:
Adult/Adult Plus: 54-58 cm (60 cm)
Gauge: 10 stitches in = 4 inches in stockinette
Common abbreviations of knitting stitches:
k – knit
p – purl
k2tog – knit two together
skpo – Slip, Knit, Pass Over: Slip one stitch to the right needle knitwise, knit in the next stitch and drop this stitch off the left needle, insert the left needle into the slipped stitch, pass it over the knit stitch and it's done
bbl – Bubble: insert the needle between 1st and 2d stitches, pull the yarn, now you have a loop on your right-hand needle, then knit 1st stitch through the back loop and slip it off left-hand needle.
Note for knitters:
<> Each Row has a selvage stitch.
Body of the ribbed bubble knitting hat pattern:
Using long tail method cast on 44 (46) stitches or any other number divisible by 2. Optionally: Rib k1, p1 for 6 rows. I am doing hat without ribbing part.
Row 1: sel s, [bbl, p1] – repeat till the end of row, sel s, turn
Row 2: sel s, [k1, p2tog] – repeat till the end of row, sel s, turn.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 – 24 (26 or 28) more times (20-22 cm from the edge)
Shaping the crown of the ribbed bubble knitted hat:
Row 1: sel, s, [k2tog] – repeat till the end of row, sel s, turn.
Row 2: sel s, purl all stitches across, sel s, turn.
Row 3: sel, s, [k2tog] – repeat till the end of row, sel s, turn.
Row 4: sel s, purl all stitches across, sel s, turn.
To finish off the top, cut the yarn leaving 15 cm tail. Thread the tail with a large plastic tapestry needle. Pull the tail through the remaining stitches and draw it to close the hat. Now turn the hat inside out. Match two sides and then match stitches on both sides together. Now sew the side seam from top to bottom (stitch through back loop of the front chain and front loop of the back chain). Weave in ends.
Attach your favorite pom pom.