There’s nothing yuckier than a wet, snowy, muddy hat, unless it’s a wet, snowy, muddy hat being hung up by the brim to dry, and stretching out to a saggy mess.

Not that I’d really know, as we haven’t had any snow this year, and precious little rain. (No, I’m not bitter.) But for those of you in more fortunate climes, here is your solution!

Not JUST a pink hat.

I'm not bitter from the lack of snow.

Looks perfectly normal from the front, right?

From the top.

From the top.

Here, too. It’s a plain top-down hat with six increase points… and a trick:

And a loop for hanging!

And a loop for hanging!

I’ll add more in-progress pics in a second post (and for a second hat), but here’s the pattern:

LOOPY

Yarn:  Cascade 220 (I used Quatro in pinks)

Needles: Size 4, DPN and 16″ circ

Gauge: 14 rows & 11 stitches = 2″

Making the hanging loop:

Provisionally cast on 6 stitches. I use the crochet method: crochet a few stitches more than needed (say, 10) and then pick up stitches through the loops on the back of the crochet chain. If you aren’t sure which is the “back” of the chain, leave your last “working” loop free instead of binding off, and then turn the chain so it points down, like this:

The wrong and right ways to turn the crochet chain

The wrong and right ways to turn the crochet chain

So, poke your needle through and pick up 6 stitches, and then knit about 3″ of i-cord, like so:

knit until you have enough for a loop.

knit until you have enough for a loop.

Then take out the provisional yarn, poking in a second DPN as you do so:

remove the provisional yarn; slip to DPN

remove the provisional yarn; slip to DPN

The last step is to pick up both DPNs, make sure you’re using the working end of the yarn (not the long tail for weaving in) and knit a full round of all 12 stitches, while moving the stitches to 3 DPNs (4 on each).  You should end up with this:

The loop and the first round of the hat.

The loop and the first round of the hat.

That was round 1 of the hat crown, by the way.

Hat crown (continued):

Round 2:

*K1, YO, K1* repeat 6 times. Total 18 stitches.

Round 3:

*K1, knit through the back loop on the YO, YO, K1* repeat 6 times = 24 stitches.

Rounds 4-19: Continue knitting through the back loop on each YO you come to, and then YO immediately after that, for a total of 6 increases each round. At the end of round 19, you should have 108 stitches. The crown of the hat is now complete.

If you need a different number of stitches for a different size head or different gauge, then just stop early or continue as needed, it won’t matter for this pattern at all.

Hat body:

Knit every stitch for desired length. I chose 6″ because that goes down over the ears.

Turn-up ribbed brim:

After your hat is the desired length, do K3 P3 ribbing every round for 15 rounds (about 2″) or as desired.

Bind off in pattern (that is, as you bind off, knit or purl each stitch as appropriate).

Block as desired and wear!

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