A lot of people in my family knit. My grandmas were both knitters, my husband knits, his parents both knit.. and my mom knits. I didn’t pick up knitting until my first year of photo school, right before the winter holidays. With help from my mom it became my Christmas hobby. That was the same year Tristan and I fell in love, and so on Christmas day I spent the entire day knitting him a ‘Christmas Day Scarf’. Don’t worry, I still spent the day with my family, and my 10 year old god-brother sat next to me for a lot of it admiring the length and encouraging me as I went. I have continued to knit scarves every holiday season since. Finally last year I decided it was time to learn something new, beyond the scarf. So I started with hats for my cousin’s twins.
I personally am really drawn to the simplicity of knitting. I like when knits and purls are used in simple patterns and so I had a hard time finding a basic beginner toddler hat pattern. So as April mentioned in her post about knitting for Owen, I used videos and links to guide me, and came up with these hats. This is the video I used here and the sizing chart I used is here. I’m going to post the pattern for you regardless and decoded (for you Ape!) so it is easy for the beginner.
The beige hat was the first one I made and it was not without frustration. It was my first time using circular needles and I probably threw them across the room eight times before I got it right. I think the difficult part was Tristan sitting next to me whipping up a hat like it was nothing. Watching him knit with ease helped keep me determined though, and I stayed up past him until four in the morning until I could finally get a hat on the go. The next morning I ripped out what I had done once more and then finally my hat got started. I call this hat my fighter hat, and I gave that one to Sidney because he had to fight a bit at the beginning, being in the hospital a little longer than William. Regardless, both hats were a big deal for me at the time.
If you’re trying to adapt this hat for different yarn or a different size child or adult, use this chart to help you : and make a gauge with your yarn and needles to find out how many stitches you need to cast on. For example I was guessing that the twins had an 18 inch head circumference, and when I knit a square with this yarn and my size 9 needles I found that I knit 4 stitches per inch. So I multiplied 4×18 to get 72 stitches! Just make sure you are casting on for an even amount of stitches, if you want to make a ribbed brim. If you have an odd number of stitches, the brim of your hat will become a seed stitch. Another brim that is really nice is a 2×2 rib. Instead of doing knit 1 purl 1 like I did for these, you could do knit 2 purl 2 and it makes a bit of a more snug brim.
At the end of the pattern, Instead of me trying to describe how to decrease to you, have a look at the knit picks video that April and I mentioned earlier. It was so helpful to me! Again it is here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_hl7HGMDy0
If you have any other knitting problems in general, I would check out Knittinghelp.com It is my new favourite site for knitting videos and how to’s!!
My Pattern – Toddler size!
I skein of each colour makes two hats
Size 9 circular needles
2 wooden buttons per hat
I used Spud and Chloe’s ‘Sweater’ – a worsted weight yarn made of superwash 55% wool and 45% organic cotton – in the colours chipmunk and toast
Cast on 72 Stitches
Join in the round and place a marker at the beginning of your row
Brim of hat
Rows 1-7= Knit 1, Purl 1
Row 8 = Knit
Row 9 &10 = Knit with Contrasting Colour
Row 11 = Change back to the main colour and knit
Continue to knit until hat reaches 5 1/2 inches in height from the cast on row.
Place a stitch marker after every 8th stitch on your needle. You can use scrap pieces of yarn for this if you don’t have markers, it’s all the same!
First Decrease Row = Knit until there are two stitches left before the marker, and then knit those two stitches together. Continue this for the whole row.
Continue this pattern (knitting stitches until two before the marker, and then knit the last two together) until there is only one stitch between each marker.
Cut the working yarn a yard away from the hat so you have room to work with it. Pull the working yarn through the remaining stitches, and sew the tail into the inside of the hat.
Use a darning needle to sew in the two buttons wherever on the brim you think would be the cutest.. sew in all the yarn tails and you’re done!
Hope you enjoy these hats or are at least inspired to make up your own! – Jenna