Step 1: Here Are a Selection of Cosy Hats!
Step 2: You Will Need...
"Sport weight" yarn is ideal for making these hats. Anything finer will not be as warm and anything really chunky will be rather large and too thick.
Step 3: The Pattern
When using circular needles be careful when you complete the first round that you have not twisted the needle around or you will achieve a mobius strip!
Using size 5, 6, 7, or 8 sixteen inch circular needle (or 4 double point of the correct size) cast on 100 stitches. Of course the larger the needles, the bigger the hat will knit up.
Proceed in Knit 2, Purl 2 rib for 7 1/2 inches.
Decrease as follows:
Row 1. Knit 2, Purl 2 together, all around
Row 2-6 Knit 2, Purl 1 around
Row 7 Knit 2 together, Purl 1 around
Rows 8 - 12 Knit 1 Purl 1 around
Row 13 Knit 2 together, Purl 2 together around
Rows 14 - 15 Knit 1, Purl 1 around
Row 16 K2 together around
Fasten off and leave an 8 inchor so length of yarn. Thread this into a needle and draw through the remaining stitches.
Step 4: Rah Rah, for the Pom Pom!
To make a pom pom take two circles of cardboard about 2 1/2 in diameter (or size of your choice) Make a small circle in the middle of both. Place the two matching circles together. I used a water glass of the right size to make the circles and a small indigestion tablet bottle for the inner circle!
Take lengths of yarn about 3 feet in length and start winding them round the outside of the circles and through the middle hole. When the pattern becomes "fat" and you can't wind any more yarn through the hole - stop! Towards the end a crochet hook will help draw the yarn through the ever decreasing hole.
Carefully take some sharp scissors and force the point through the two circles at the circumferance. Cut carefully around the edge. When you have cut all the strands, take another strand of yarn and tie the cut ends firmly so no strands scan escape. Ease off the cardboard circles and behold - you have achieved pom pom (I hope!) See detailed pictures which may be more helpful.
Step 5: Elmininate the Shaggy Pom!
You can make larger pom poms if the mood takes you, buy cutting larger circles to use as your pattern.
Step 6: More About the Pom Pom
Stay warm, wear a hat! it's the sensible thing to do!