When making this hat, in either the fitted cloche stockinette style, or the oversized slouchy garter stitch style, you’ll never break your yarn, you’ll never pick up stitches, and when you’re done, you’re done, no sewing or any other finishing steps! It’s a bit like knitting magic (but really, it’s just simple short rows, increases, and decreases).
Another thing that makes this hat lots of fun to knit is that the first section is most of the piece, and it’s a simple 2-row repeat pattern (once you get it down, it’s easy TV knitting) – when that section is over, the second and third sections fly by so darn quickly, and you’re done!
One final thing I love about this design is that it starts sideways around the head, so if you want to modify it to any yarn weight and size it custom fit to your head, you just try it on as you knit, to get a perfect fit – full detailed modification notes are included at the end!
Finished Size: Sized for an average adult woman head (approx 22” (56 cm) circumference; modification notes are included for custom sizing), in two different styles — the fitted cloche style in stockinette, and the slouchy oversized style in garter stitch.
Cloche takes approx 100yds; slouch takes approx 125yds.
Needles: For cloche/stockinette style: Size 7 (4.5 mm): any length circular (cir) and double-pointed (dpn); Size 5 (3.75 mm): any length cir.
For slouchy/garter stitch style: Size 10 (6 mm): any length cir and dpn; Size 8 (5 mm): any length cir.
Adjust larger needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge, and use 2 sizes smaller for the second needle size.
Note: If you like to use the magic loop method for working a small circular circumference, then choose a long cir needle for your larger needle, and you don’t need the dpns.
Gauge: For cloche/stockinette style: 18 sts and 23 rows = 4” (10 cm) in St st on larger needles; for slouchy/ garter stitch style: 14 sts and 26 rows = 4” (10 cm) in garter st on larger needles.
Notions: 1 marker (m); a crochet hook (size isn’t important) and scrap yarn for provisional cast-on; tapestry needle.
A photo tutorial is included for the provisional cast-on technique.
The pattern is much easier than you might think, so adventurous beginners can come give it a try!