Hats for charity

Since releasing my first and only pattern the Cosmonaut chunky hat, I have had big dreams of knitting it up in other yarn combos and adjusting it with tweaks… it is now nearly a year later and the yarn has sat in my craft room.

However inspired by my yarn diet – ie. knitting from stash, and the fact that at work we are collecting money and hats for the antifreeze project by off the fence, I decided to knit as many hats as I could in a few evenings.

I present you 5 hats made following my pattern with some modifications.

The first two follow the pattern as designed and add a pom pom. One notable thing is that the red pattern uses 2 yarns, as I ran out of the main dark red colour.

K3P1 brim – 

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This version just uses a different rib and only for 2.5 inches instead of 5 inches. The rest of the steps I follow just like in the pattern,

K2P2 hat 

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This version uses the pattern K2P2 throughout. Instead of knitting up to 8 inches I only knit up to 7 inches and then I fudged the decreases a little bit to stay sort of in pattern until done.

Stripey beanie version

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This one has been on my mind a lot. I had some of the dark red yarn and yarn from my original pattern version and thought they would look interesting striped together.

for this version I used 9mm needle throughout and cast on 52 stitches. I then striped the colours together every two rows using a jog-less method. As described below:

  • Begin a new stripe by knitting one round as you normally would in the new colour yarn.
  • Lift a stitch. Before starting the next round, use your right needle to lift the stitch below the first stitch of the left needle up onto the left needle.
  • Knit these two stitches together.

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Pattern: Cosmonaut the Chunky Pom Pom Hat

As you know I fell hard for the super chunky yarn by Countess Ablaze called Space Cadet. I wrote a little love letter here.

A couple of friends saw my original hat I made and wanted one for themselves so I tweaked my pattern a bit and now have written it up and added it to Ravelry as a free pattern. It is super basic, but what I love is that it is perfect for showing off these amazing variegated yarns by the Countess and they are super quick to knit.

Making pom-poms from the yarn is really fun. I have made the hat with medium and large pom-poms and all work.

The ribbing is very deep so you can fold it. That is how I like to wear it but you could make it less deep to not have to fold it or wear it super slouchy.

It takes barely 2 hours to make, is great TV knitting and makes awesome presents as well.

I hope you enjoy making it and do let me know of any pattern feedback. I want to learn. 🙂