This pattern was inspired by Hannah,** but knitted in a truly bulky yarn. It's designed for the ponytail wearer who has despaired of wearing a hat in winter.
- 3 skeins of Knitting Fever Jumbo Merino
- 1 pair size 13 straight needles
- 1 set size 13 DPs
- stitch marker (to mark beginning of round)
- tapestry needle (to weave in ends)
- 1 large (as in big honkin') button
Gauge: 2.5 stitches per inch in stockinette on straight needles, size 13
With straight needles, cast on 60 stitches. Knit one row.
Work in K2, P2 ribbing for 3 rows.
Buttonhole row: K2, YO, P2tog, (K2, P2 to end)
Work in K2, P2 ribbing for 3 more rows.
Cast off 6 stitches and beginning of next row and K across.
Work in stockinette until hat measures 5.5" from cast on.
Begin decreases: *K7, k2tog* across the row. K next row.
*K6, K2tog* across the row. K next row.
*K5, K2tog* across the row.
*K4, K2tog* across the row.
Working your yarn onto DPs, joining the yarn into a circle, and placing a marker to mark the beginning of the round, *K3, K2tog* around the row.
*K2, K2tog* around the row.
*K1, K2tog* around the row.
*K2tog* around the row.
Cut yarn, leaving a 10" tail. Weave yarn through remaining 6 stitches and tighten to close top of hat. Weave in ends.
(NB: If I ever make it big as a rock star or a free knitting pattern person, I promise to buy a better camera)
**Hannah was up on the late lamented Magknits. Alas, it is no more.