I have made (it’s official) the chunkiest hat in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD.
I wanted to make a hat for my Beloved. He feels the cold a bit more than he used to, and of all the hats I have made, none is quite right.
I have a micro-stash of the chunkiest wool on the planet. Well…. it’s not. But it’s very chunky and it’s in my possession, and frankly, anything that needs knitting up on 15mm needles is pretty goshdarned chunky in my humble.
I’ve uploaded quite a few patterns for sale recently, so I thought I’d give the readers of my blog this piece of squishiness as a token of my appreciation.
Here’s what you need.
(Click the name at the top for a printable download)
2 x 100g balls Drops Polaris
15mm circular needles
A tapestry needle for weaving in ends
A large pompom maker (it’s so much less fiddly than all that faffing around with cardboard doughnuts!)
(This makes an adult-sized hat, which fits my 15 year old son rather too well. I may have to hide it).
Cast on 36 stitches and place marker for the beginning of the round.
Knit 1 Purl 1 rib for 14 rows. This gives a really chunky squishy turn-up around the base of your hat.
Knit 5 rows.
Make your decreases as follows:
[Knit 5, K2tog] around. (36 remaining)
[Knit 4, K2tog] around. (30)
[Knit 3, K2tog] around. (24)
[Knit 2, K2tog] around. (18)
[Knit1, K2tog] around. (12)
K2tog around. (6)
K2tog around. (3)
Cut the tail long enough to thread through the last 3 stitches, pull tight and weave in.
Make a large pompom, leaving the ends long enough to thread through the top of the hat and tie in a tight double knot underneath, inside the top of the hat.
Weave in all ends.
Enjoy keeping warm ❤
In the meantime, if you’re looking for other patterns, you can now find these ones both in my Etsy shop and on the loveknitting.com website:
PS I have always wanted a really chunky hat. Apparently, this one is a bit ‘too girly’ for my beloved. Imagine my chagrin… 😉