Kami Hat by Katie Schumm

Kami Hat

September 2011
yarn held together
+ Worsted
= Aran (8 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
142 yards (130 m)
20" circumference
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This pattern is available for free.

I have short fine hair that’s easily smushed, but in a Boston winter you can’t commute bareheaded. Kami’s reversible slouchy cocoon shape holds in warmth but never inflicts hat head. It’s a one-skein weekend project, ideal for unisex gift giving. The pattern pairs well with handspun or a soft Aran yarn like Yak.

NOTES: It’s extra important to block this hat. It will help keep the bottom edge from rolling, it will accentuate the ribbing, and it will relax the yarn so that proper slouchiness level is achieved.

The other thing that helps keep the bottom edge from rolling (something some folks have had trouble with) is to use a long tail cast-on and leave an extra-extra long tail. Then knit the first row of the hat using the working yarn and the tail held together. This double-stranded first row also helps limit rolling.