Monday, January 16, 2012

FREE! Hat Pattern


It's winter. We all need hats. Thought you might like to whip one up from this pattern I designed. It came out pretty cute, if I do say so myself. (My arm just cracked from patting myself on the back.)

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I created a "Poodle Hat" to go with my niece's Christmas present, the infamous "Poodle Scarf."  It's only poodle-y because it's got pom-pons and is pink. Make it in some other fun colors and it could just be a super-cool snowboarding hat or "I'm a fun person and not boring" hat. Frankly, once I'm done with some obligatory gift knitting, I'm making one of these for myself.


The pattern can be found on our "Free Downloads!" page or by clicking here. I hope you all enjoy it. If you find any errata, please, please, please let me know so I can fix the pattern accordingly. It's pretty simple so hopefully there's nothing seriously wrong with it.

Enjoy!

- Alex

12 comments:

  1. Thank you! I love knitting hats. And then wearing said hats!

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  2. @Becky - thanks for the comment. If you do end up making the hat, please let me know if the pattern is okay or if you have any suggestions for making it better. Yea!

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  3. Hi Alex! Thank you so much for your patterns. I'm teaching some 5th graders how to knit, and I know they will love your designs and will quickly learn how to read patterns and stitches so they show off their new accessories.
    Thanks again, Mara

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  4. Hi Mara! Thanks so much for commenting and thank you for using this pattern for your students. :) I should warn you, the hat comes out pretty big so you can make it a bit smaller by decreasing the cast-on. Just make sure that whatever number you cast-on is divisible by 6. I'm always thrilled to hear about kids learning to knit. Please tell them we said "good luck" and "happy knitting!"

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  5. Alex
    Thank you soooooooo much for the adorable hat pattern. I can't remember the last time I bought a hat and you have just added another "precious moment" for my grand-daughter and me. Thanks for providing new memories.

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  6. I have tried to Download this free pattern never used so much paper or ink in my life. very disappointed.pomponhat

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  7. Dear Anonymous, It seems as though you're unaware of the process to print only certain pages of a document. This process allows you to skip pages that have a lot of graphics (and therefore use a lot of ink) or are unnecessary (therefore using a lot of paper). When you want to print only certain pages of a document you simply choose "File", "Print", and then find the box that says "Page range" and follow the very obvious instructions in the box.

    Best of luck with future printing!

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  8. What is the gauge for worsted weight yarn, also if I use DK yarn what is the gauge? Please advise. Thank you.

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    1. Hi. I apologize that I never gauged this piece. However, this is what I can tell you... This is a child's hat. I have a 22" circumference head and, when completed, this hat (as written) was too small for me. If it helps at all, I'm a fairly tight knitter so, if you knit loosly, I'd suggest taking your needle size down a bit.

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    2. I can't find the isntructions for the Pompom Hat - please help me

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  9. Hi IS this hat for child? Is the measurement to fit a toddler?
    How would I make it fit an adult too?

    New to knitting world. thx

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    1. Hajjah - as mentioned in the pattern and the post above, this is a child's hat. It will fit a child's head(or a small adult head) of approximately 15-20 inches in circumference.

      The best way to size this pattern up or down is to simply add or subtract the number of stitches you start with. If you want a larger hat, cast-on more stitches. If you want a smaller hat, cast-on fewer stitches. You should add (or subtract) stitches in multiple of 6 - as noted in the pattern - in order to maintain the pattern correctly throughout.

      I'd suggest measuring the circumference of the head you're making the hat for and then doing a gauge swatch with your yarn and needles. Once you know your own gauge, you can "do the math" to figure out the number of stitches you need to cast on (in multiples of 6) for your hat.

      Good luck and welcome to knitting! Experimenting with gauge and sizing is a great way to become a fearless knitter. :)

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