Making a Knit Pom Pom Hat

IMG_6643Over the Thanksgiving holiday I got a little hat crazy making a knit hat for both myself and my better half.  It started with a hat for my better half but when it knit up so quickly I decided I needed a new hat to match my new down jacket.  From start to finish it took me less than 90 minutes (or the first half of the Penn State vs. Maryland game if that’s your preferred method of telling time) to make the second hat.  I had a pattern I liked but completely changed it because I wanted to use bulkier yarn and I wanted a chunkier look.  You can either fold the brim up or you can leave it down for a slouchier looking hat.

 

What you need to know:

 What supplies you need:

 

What you need to do:

Brim

Cast on 40 stitches

Knit 2, Purl 2 and repeat on each row until the brim is as wide as you want it to be. Mine is 7 rows.

Body

Stocking stitch (knit right side, purl wrong side) for about 18 rows ending on the wrong side.

 Crown

Always knit on the right side and purl on the wrong side.
Row 1: Knit 2, K2tog, repeat to end (30 stitches left)
Row 2: purl
Row 3: Knit 1, K2tog, repeat to end (20 stitches left)
Row 4: purl
Row 5: K2tog, repeat to end (10 stitches left)

Cut yarn leaving about a 30 inch tail. Thread yarn onto a tapestry needle and carefully remove knitting needle. Run tapestry needle through the remaining 10 stitches and pull tight to close.

Sew seam together using the magical mattress stitch.  Weave the remaining tail of the yarn into the inside of the hat.

Make the Pom Pom (if you want to)

  • Cut a piece of yarn about 8 inches long and lay it on a flat surface.
  • Wrap yarn around 4 of your fingers about 60 times. The more times you wrap it around your fingers the bigger your pom pom will be.
  • Carefully slide the yarn off your fingers and lay it on that piece of string you cut earlier.
  • Tie it tight. Flip it over and tie it tight on the other side too.  Cut through the loops and trim your pom pom to your liking.   Make sure not to cut the strings you tied the pom pom with.
  • Take the strings and thread them through the top of your hate and tie it tight on the inside. Weave the string through some of the stitches and then knotted it to hold it in place.

 

Ta-da!  It’s been about 90 minutes and you have yourself a very stylish knit Pom Pom hat.  Enjoy!

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