Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wide Brim Skullcap


Keith loves his K1B hat that I made him a few years ago, but he seemed bummed about the idea of not getting a hat for Christmas when he saw me making so many for other people. I decided to make him a simple watchman's cap with yarn that I love (Lion brand fisherman's wool 2:1 brown:white twist).

This is a variation of my generic skullcap knitting pattern in that I've made a much longer ribbed brim so it gives the hat a large fold. This is a great way to be sure of the fit. It is hard for me to measure men's hats on myself because my head is pretty small, and it could end up with the hat being too short for them.

Materials
  • US Size 6 (4.0 mm) knitting needles (either double pointed or size 16 circular or large enough for magic loop.)  
  • Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool (worsted weight yarn) 63 g.
  • Gauge: 5 stitches/inch; 7 rows/inch over stockinette.
Wide Brim Skullcap Knitting Pattern
  • Cast on 90 sts. Join to knit in the round.  
  • Work 33 rows in P5, K4 ribbing
  • Increase 10 stitches: K9, M1 across (100 sts)
  • Work 30 rounds in stockinette (K every round)
  • Crown Decreases:
    • *K8, K2tog* across (90 sts)
    • K 1 round
    • *K7, K2tog* across (80 sts)
    • K 1 round
    • *K6, K2tog* across (70 sts)
    • K 1 round
    • *K5, K2tog* across (60 sts)
    • K 1 round
    • *K4, K2tog* across (50 sts)
    • K 1 round
    • *K3, K2tog* across (40 sts)
    • K 1 round
    • *K2, k2tog* across (30 sts)
    • K1 round
    • *K1, k2tog* across (20 sts)
    • K2tog across (10 sts)
    • K2tog across (5 sts)
  • Cut yarn and pull through remaining stitches. Weave in loose ends and enjoy your skullcap!


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Abbreviations Used in this pattern:
Kfb - increase by knitting into the front and back of a single stitch.
M1 (Make 1)- increase stitch by picking up yarn between two stitches, twisting and knitting.K - knit

P - purl
I-cord - knit stitches on dpn's without ever turning the needle (effectively knitting in the round with a small number of stitches.)
SSK - decrease by slipping two stitches then knitting them together. Alternatively, you could slip one stitch, knit one stitch and pass slipped stitch over.
K2tog - decrease by knitting two stitches together.

This knitting pattern was created by ChemKnits for your personal or charity use. You are not to sell, to distribute or reprint this pattern without the permission of ChemKnits. © 2012 ChemKnits

40 comments:

  1. This is a good pattern. I should like to point out that stockinette stick is K and P the alternating rows. Garter stitch, I believe, is knit every row. Would you please advise which stitch is to be used in the main body of this great looking hat and thanks.

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    1. What you say is correct... for flat knitting. This hat is knit in the round, not on straight needles. So for stockinette you knit every round.

      (To get garter stitch when knitting in the round you K and P alternating rows.)

      I hope this helps!

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  2. I like this pattern, &look forward to making some. I'm glad I saw u clarify that this is done in a round not flat. So did u use dbl pointed, or circular knitting needles?

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    1. Great question! I used size 6, 16" circular needles until the hat got too small on the crown where I switched to DPN's. I have updated the materials section to indicate that you need circular or DPN's. Thanks for pointing this out!

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  3. when using circular needles how do you join to work in the round

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    1. To start knitting in the round on circular needles, you need to first make sure that the stitches aren't twisted (or else you could end up with a mobius-like structure. Sometimes this creates an awesome scarf or cowl, but is bad for a hat or sleeve.) The actual "joining" occurs when you knit the first stitch you cast on in the first round.

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  4. This is great. Can you suggest please how many sttiches to use for a female version ?
    Thankyou - Pam

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    1. The same number. :) This hat is unisex and very stretchy. (I am the one modeling in the picture above.) I created such a wide brim so it would be a hat that could fit someone with a smaller (therefore shorter) head and also a longer head. My husband and I have different head sizes and it works for both of us.

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  5. You say you used Lion brand fisherman's wool 2:1 brown:white twist. Um...2:1? Is that 2 brown & 1 white or is that the yarn's color number?

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    1. There was no color name on the label (and I cannot find what the color number was.) The 2:1 brown:white twist is a description of what the yarn looks like.

      The yarn color can be best described as the top left option on the following page (on the hover they are calling it mapel tweed. I am not sure if this is a darker brown than what I used or not, but it is the most like the color I used that I can see.)

      http://www.joann.com/lion-brand-fishermen-s-wool-100-wool/prd2701/

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    2. In your pattern you say:
      Increase 10 stitches: K9, M1 across (100 sts)

      M1 means to increase one stitch??? Never seen M alone as an indication of increases.

      Look forward to this one.

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    3. Yes M1 is an increase stitch, what I do, is knit into the front and then the back of 10th stitch.

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    4. The yarn color is listed as 2:1 brown/white. If my math is correct, it means 2 parts of brown color to 1 part of white yarn. In other words, twice as much brown color than white. A pretty color and hand GREAT hat!

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    5. So the yarn is a 3ply where to of the singles are brown and 1 is white.

      As for the M1 stitch, it is an increase known as "Make 1" which is actually a different stitch from KFB (knit front and back) although for this pattern a KFB works very well.

      For M1, you lift the bar between two stitches and place it on the left hand needle. You then knit the stitch through the back loop, twisting the stitch you picked up so you do not get a YO like hole.

      For more information on the M1 stitch, see the following video:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7oABJLKZtw

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    6. Hi, just going to make this up for hubby - and noted on the Ravelry site it shows US6 needles 4mm but on this pattern, it does not show that it is a US needle. I almost used the wrong size!!

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  6. great pattern-- straight forward and to the point

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  7. Great pattern. What is a magic loop? "(either double pointed or size 16 circular or large enough for magic loop.)"

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    1. Magic loop is a method of using circular needles with a really long cable to make much smaller tubes. It is a way many people use to avoid DPN's and can be handy when you get to the top edge of a hat.

      http://www.knitpicks.com/tutorials/Magic_Loop__D119.html

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  8. Perhaps your pattern should state, after "cast on 90 sts", "join to work in the round" so that those who are not very experienced knitters (obvious from the comments) would be less confused. BTW, this is a nice, simple pattern. Thank you.

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    1. Yikes, you are totally right! I have updated the pattern to say "join to knit in the round."

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  9. I am working with a different type of yarn, so I was wondering how many inches high are the ribbing and skull of the hat? Thanks for the gift of such a nice pattern.

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    1. The ribbing is just over 4.5" long and the stockinette portion is ~6" long.

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  10. I am working with circular needles but did not knit in the round ... I'll weave the seam once complete. Is the body treated as a "flat" stockinette stitch (K 1 row; P 1 row) or just go with the instructions and knit all the rows?

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    1. The pattern is written in the round. Stockinette is always "flat" with showing knit stitches on one side and purl on the other. You will need to p every other row through the crown decreases to make this hat flat and then seam up the side.

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  11. Basic patterns are very difficult to come by. I've been looking for a basic hat for winter snow shoveling. Thanks for this.

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    1. I can see you are a patient & thoughtful person, answering all of these questions. Thankyou for the pattern. Am going " to knit the man a hat"...looks like a great, simple pattern. Bless you.

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  12. can i use 10mm needles with chunky wool

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    1. 10 mm needles are a LOT bigger than the 4 mm needles used in the sample. If you were going to use bigger needles and chunky wool, you would need to reduce the number of stitches so you don't end up hat that is way too big to fit on a head.

      The gauge of the pattern is 5 sts/inch and with 90 sts this gives us a ~18" circumference hat. Since this is a fitted hat, you will want the circumference to be a few stitches smaller than the size of the head you're trying to fit. (The hat will stretch and then fit snuglly on the head - something called "negative ease") Calculate the gauge with your desired yarn and needles. Divide the size of the hat you want (likely 18-20" for an adult hat) and divide by the sts/inch gauge. This will tell you how many stitches you should cast on.

      Good luck!

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  13. 10mm on border,and reducing to 6mm for rest of hat is that an option !!!

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    1. Please see my response on the previous comment about checking your gauge. :)

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  14. When increasing am I switching to stockinette then knit 9 make 1 and continue in k9 for that row?

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    1. For the increase round, You K9, M1, K9, M1, K9, M1 etc across the row. When you reach the end you should have created a total of 10 sts. Yes, this is stockinette.

      M1 (Make 1)- increase stitch by picking up yarn between two stitches, twisting and knitting.K - knit

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  15. Just want to thank-you. What a GREAT pattern. I made the hat with Brigg's wool dark grey with a black and white stripe..it turned out awesome..I looked everywhere online for a pattern and was so happy to find this one..Thanks for sharing :)

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  16. I love this hat...made it with some "archived" wool tweed. It comes out a little large for me, but that's OK because I like to lightly felt my hats for added warmth and wind resistance. I think this will now be my favorite hat. Back to the archive for more wool!

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  17. I really like this pattern and I want to make my first hat that looks like this one, but I am only familiar with straight needles. Can this pattern be done using straight needles also?

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    1. The pattern is written for knitting in the round, but it could be adapted to straight needles as follows:

      Cast on 90 sts
      Row 1 (WS): *K5, P4* across
      Row 2 (RS): *K4, P5* across to accomplish the 4x5 ribbing.
      Repeat rows 1 and 2 until 33 rows of ribbing have been knit.
      Row 34 (RS) - increase 10 stitches as written above.
      work 30 rounds in stockinette (K on the RS, P on the WS).
      Follow the decreases as written, but substitute P and P2tog for any decreases that would take place on the wrong side of the fabric.

      When you are done stitch up the side, and voila, a nice hat. (you could also add an extra stitch to either edge to give you stitches to seem with, but I did not incorporate those into my flat knitting instructions.)

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  18. I am very interested in making this hat, howerver, my husband has a very large head (23 7/8 in) and don't want to make it too small. Will this hat fit or should I increase the size?

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    1. As written this is a 20 inch hat that fits a 21" head easily. I would want to add ~2 inches in width and some in length to fit your husband.

      I would make sure to check your gauge to make sure things work out, but I would do the following modifications:

      - Cast on 99 sts for the brim. Add 6-10 rows of ribbing (the brim can always be bigger, I'm not sure if his head is also longer than normal.)
      -Increase round - Increase 11 sts evenly for a total of 110 sts.
      The decreases are in multiples of 10 sts, so this would work for when you start decreasing.

      Good luck!

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