Christmas is just around the corner and city streets slowly turning into decorated scene with shining lights, toys and lots of positive vibe. I like walking outside this time of the year, enjoy night city view and make a few snapshots. So why not to spend a few hours of your time, knit a new hat to get a stunning look for Christmas night photo session? Whether you have blond, brown, red or dark hair, mint color of the hat will make you look fresh and young. Simply follow the instructions, and enjoy the process as much as end result.
Knitting materials and knitting tools:
<> Circular or DPN Knitting Needles 4 mm (US 6/ UK 8) and 4.5 mm (US7 /UK7);
<> 100% merino wool (Kartopu Merino Yün). Sky blue color: 100 grams -180 m per skein – in total 1 ball;
<> Hook or tapestry needle.
Mint wicker knit hat size:
Adult hat: 53-56 cm
Gauge: 16 stitches = 4 inches
Common abbreviations of knitting stitches:
k – knit
p – purl
k2tog – knit two together
p2tog – purl two together
M1PW – Make 1 Purl Wise Check my Instagram video of how to knit M1PW
Cable 2 Back Knit (C2BK) – Slip 2 stitch to the extra needle and hold in back of work, k2 from the left hand needle, p2 from the extra needle.
Cable 2 Front Purl (C2FP) – Slip 2 stitch to the extra needle and hold in front of work, p2 from the left hand needle, k2 from the extra needle.
Cable 2 Front (C2F) – Slip 2 stitch to the extra needle and hold in front of work, k2 from the left hand needle, k2 from the extra needle.
Cable 2 Back (C2B) – Slip 2 stitch to the extra needle and hold in back of work, k2 from the left hand needle, k2 from the extra needle.
Body of the slouchy mint wicker hat knitting pattern:
Using 4 mm knitting needles cast on 90 stitches or any other number that is divisible by 10. Place marker and join in the round.
Rounds 1-10: k2, p1 [k4, p1] – repeat 17 times, k2.
Round 11: k2 M1PW, p1 [k4, M1PW, p1] – repeat 17 times, k2.
Switch to the 4.5 mm knitting needles.
Round 12: *C2F, k4, C2B – repeat from *.
Round 13: Knit all stitches around.
Round 14: k2, [C2FP, C2BK, k4] – repeat 9 times, k2.
Round 15-20: k2, p2 [k4, p2] – repeat 17 times, k2.
Repeat Rounds 12-20 - 4 more times.
Shaping the crown of the mint knit hat:
Round 1: k2, p2tog, [k4, p2tog] – repeat 17 times, k2.
Round 2-5: k2, p1, [k4, p1] repeat 17 times, k2.
Round 6: k2tog, p1, [k2, k2tog, p1] – repeat 17 times, k2.
Round 7: k1, p1, [k3, p1] – repeat 17 times, k2.
Round 8: k2tog around.
Round 9: knit all stitches.
Round 10: k2tog around.
Using tapestry needle thread through remaining stitches, pull tight and knot.
Add an extravagant pom or leave the hat as is, put your hat on, go out and get a few selfies for your Instagram profile.