Basic Beginner Hats for the Family by Vanessa Ewing
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Basic Beginner Hats for the Family

Knitting
February 2018
Aran (8 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch in the round with larger needle
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
42 - 132 yards (38 - 121 m)
Newborn (Baby, Kid, Adult Small, Adult Large)
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Consider making this hat in the Adult Small or
Adult Large size for one of my favorite charities, Christmas at Sea.
You can find out more info here:
http://seamenschurch.org/christmas-at-sea

A basically basic hat, written for 6 sizes: Newborn, Baby, Toddler, Kid, Adult Small and Adult Large.
With three different brim styles to choose from, this is a versatile pattern for all ages.

Approximate Finished Measurements:
To Fit: Newborn (Baby, Toddler, Kid, Adult Small, Adult Large)
Circumference: 10 ¾ (12 ½, 14 ¼, 16, 17 ¾, 19 ½)”
Length: 5 (6, 6 ¾, 7 ½, 8 ¼, 9)”

Designer Note about sizing…This hat is intended to be worn with 1-2” of negative ease. If a looser hat is desired, try sizing up. When in doubt about which size to make, make the size you think you should and add perhaps an inch to the length. The recipient can always fold the brim up, watch cap style.
Keep in mind the sizes are a general guide, since heads can vary so much!

Materials
42 (55, 60, 72, 100, 120)—yards (39 (50, 55, 66, 92, 110) meters) of heavy worsted or aran weight yarn for either the 2x2 Ribbed Brim Version or Rolled Brim Version
54 (67, 72, 84, 112, 132)—yards (49 (61, 66, 77, 102, 121) meters) of heavy worsted or aran weight yarn for the Folded Brim Version
You will need approximately 30 extra yards if you want a pom pom.

  • For Newborn, Baby and Toddler Size Only US Size 6 (4mm) and 8 (5mm) double pointed needles or use a 40” length or longer circular for magic loop method. (see below for explanation on magic loop)
  • For Kid, Adult Small and Adult Large Only US Size 6 (4mm) and 8 (5mm) 9, 16” circular knitting needle and US Size 8 (5mm) double pointed needles or use a 40” length or longer circular for magic loop method. (see below for explanation on magic loop)
  • 5 stitch markers, with 4 in one color and 1 in another
  • tapestry needle

About magic loop…This method allows you to work in the round on a very long circular needle (usually 40” or longer). It is easier than it sounds and a good alternative to using double pointed needles. Find out how to do magic loop at your local yarn shop.
If you don’t have a local yarn shop handy, try this useful video on how to cast on and work using magic loop: https://youtu.be/iUghJCry_mg

Gauge
18 sts, 26 rows = 4” (10cm) in stockinette stitch in the round on US Size 8 (5mm) knitting needle after blocking. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Designer Note The hat is worked in the round from the brim to the crown.
Pattern is written for the smallest size, with larger sizes in parenthesis. If only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.
It may be helpful to highlight the size you are making before beginning to knit.