Whether you're a beginning knitter or a pro, you're going to love how easily this stylish cap knits up in no time!
This pattern uses only knits (and purls if you're feelin saucy!) on a pair of 16" circular needles. Combine that with some bulky weight wool, and you'll have yourself one handsome hat before you know it.
Step 1: Materials
For an adult cap, I used 150g of bulky wool, and one pair of size 10.5 16" circular needles.
Additional tools to make things easier might include a crochet hook, a yarn needle, and a stitch marker, but you can also get away without these!
Step 2: Swatch
Knitting a gauge swatch is pretty optional for this casual cap, but if you're using a different weight of yarn, you'll want different sized needles, and well, it's just a good idea to know what your finished product is going to measure up to be!
So knit yourself a 4" sq swatch. I like to start and end my swatches with a couple rows of ribbing (k2, p2) so they don't curl up when you're done. The rest of the swatch I do in stockinette. However, if you're a pro and want to try out a fun pattern on this hat, practice that pattern in this swatch!
Step 3: Get Your Measurements
Once you have your completed swatch, you'll know how many stitches per inch your set of yarn and needles will create, and you can figure out how many stitches to cast on!
For this hat, I wanted it to go all the way around the hairline, as opposed to just around the middle of my head. I ended up casting on 72 stitches to get the right size. You may need less or more depending on the size of your head and what your swatch tells you!
Really, figuring this part is the hardest part of your project! Get the measurement you want for your hat, and multiply it by the number of stitches per inch in your swatch. Now go!
Step 4: Cast on
I used the long-tail cast on method. Because I always use the long-tail cast on method. It's just the one I remember the most easily. If you want to know more about different cast-on methods, check out this page (until we have a full library of them on Instructables!)
Being careful to make sure none of your stitches are twisted (I do this by making all of the nubby bits point towards the inside and all of the loops on the needles be on the outside), join your knitting by knitting into the first stitch you made.
Step 5: Ribbing
This step is optional, and depends on if you want the brim of the hat to be ribbed or rolled.
For ribbing, work the hat in a Knit 2, Purl 2 for about an inch. I like to use a stitch marker to indicate where I started ribbing so I can stop at the same point, but it's really not necessary.
For the brim to roll up on itself, just start in continuous knitting.
Step 6: Knit that Hat!
Now knit your heart out! Knit continuously until the hat measures something you like. This one was knit to 13" from the edge of the brim. Nice and floppy. If you want it longer, knit more; shorter, knit less!
Step 7: Finish
When your hat is as long as you like it to be, cut the yarn leaving a 12" tail.
Thread the yarn through all of the loops on the needle and pull tight (a yarn needle makes this step a snap!)
Secure the end of the yarn to the inside of the hat, using a knot and weaving the end in and out of the knitting.
This hat makes a great gift for anyone in cold climates. You can take the project anywhere with you and pick up knitting where you left off without having to remember where you were in the pattern! It couldn't be easier.