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!