disclaimer: I have been told that I am a super tight crochet-er, though I know many people who crochet tighter than I do. I also think I am a fairly tight knitter, but I know A LOT of people that knit MUCH tighter than I do. The lesson: be sure to check your gauge.
Last time you heard from me I was cleaning out my entire house and purging our lives of all unnecessary items. The process continues, but it is much easier now. I am still making regular runs to the donation shops, especially since we are now cleaning out the clothes for a new season. We are truly settled in our new home in Rhode Island and we have spent several months now getting to know our amazing new location in Newport. The older kids are enjoying school. We have toured several mansion near our home. I am now officially the mom of a TEENAGER! Our temperate summer has turned to a golden fall and the chill is occasionally biting through the air, showing signs of a winter near ahead. It did not take long for the knitting itch to start and let me tell you, I have been doing some serious knitting!
One thing I did NOT throw out in the Great Purge of 2014 was the pile of yarn I have, in all different shapes, sizes and textures. A typical yarn-oholic, I had slowly allowed the random skeins of delightful fibers to creep back in over the years (after the great purge of 2011 when I gave away all but a handful of my mismatched yarn supply). Now I am surrounded with a stash that won’t accomplish any true project like a sweater. They are also not the type of yarns I can use to whip up a few placemats or anything of the like.
However, I promised myself that when we moved here I would not buy anymore yarn until it was ALL GONE! Okay, mostly gone. So here I am with thousands and thousands of yards of yarn to use up, spending the spare moments of my days knitting hats and scarves and slippers for almost everyone I know. I have a long list – new babies, people in cold places, not so cold places, and me. Amazingly, I did manage to make myself a hat for the first time in several years.
I have several different shades of one yarn in particular, Caron Simply Soft, and I really need to knock some projects out to get this stuff out the door. Now, I know this is not a natural fiber, or hand dyed yarn, or anything of the sort, but those yarns aren’t really what I want when knitting for my husband. He needs to be able to wear the heck out of it, wash it, and wear it again. Not to mention, he’s allergic to wool. Blasphemous, I know! Caron Simply Soft is durable yarn that knits up easily and truly is very soft when complete, with a nice variety of colors to choose from (nope, they aren’t paying me to say this).
Now that I have this great pattern written up, I can just start going through the colors and everyone will be getting a nice little ribbed hat! Till my Caron runs out at least :)
Hopefully the pattern is pretty straight forward. It’s a classic 1×1 ribbing with a square decrease on the crown. Please let me know if you find any errors or have any questions!
Hubby’s Striped Beanie
Adult, one size fits most
- Yarn A: Caron Simply Soft in Soft Blue (you are going to have plenty left over from one skein, unfortunately, I used a skein that had been unwrapped and used several times and did not weight it first, so I have no idea how much)
- Yarn B: Caron Simply Soft in Grey Heather (you will only be knitting ten rows with this, so, not much)
- Size 6 US and 8 US DPNS or 16” circular needles (I recommend the size 6 in circular and the size 8 in both DPN and circular…1×1 ribbing can be tedious work and having the stitches on a wire saves enough time to make it worth it)
- 4 stitch markers (have one in a different style or color to mark the beginning of the round)
- tapestry needle to weave in ends
30 stitches x 28 rows = 4 inches in 1 x 1 rib (without stretching it)
- CO – Cast on
- sts – stitches
- K – knit
- P – purl
- k2tog – knit two stitches together (click to view tutorial video)
- ssk – slip two sts, one at a time from left needle onto right needle, as if to knit. Slide the left hand needle into the front of both these sts and knit them together as if they were one stitch (click to view tutorial video)
- PM – Place marker
Body of Hat
With yarn A, CO 120 sts onto size 6 US circular needle (I recommend a long tail cast on for a clean edge). Place marker and join to work in the round, careful not to twist stitches.
Round 1: *K1, p1, repeat from * to end of round. (1×1 ribbing)
Repeat Round 1 until body of hat measures 3 inches. Switch to larger size (8 US) needles and continue in same ribbing pattern in yarn A for four more rows.
Switch to yarn B for two rows.
Continue ribbing pattern with four rows of A and two rows of B, for a total of 5 times (a total of 30 rows beyond the first three inches), or until hat measures 8 inches from the cast on edge.
Switch back to yarn A. You will not be using yarn B anymore. Cut yarn B with enough of a tail to weave in the end later.
Set-Up for Decrease: *Continue in 1×1 rib for 30 sts, PM, repeat from * to end of round. Hat is now divided into four equal sections.
Round 1: *k2tog, [K1, p1] to last two sts before next marker, ssk, repeat from * to end of round. 8 sts have been decreased.
Round 2: *k2tog, [P1, k1] to last two sts before next marker, ssk, repeat from * to end of round. 8 sts have been decreased. (this is essentially the same as the first decrease round…just make sure you are sticking with your 1×1 ribbing as you have been throughout the duration of the pattern)
Repeat rounds one and two until four sts remain. You should have a nice square shaped crown with a large X in the middle.
Cut yarn and thread through the remaining four sts (I always thread it around twice for a stronger hold) using a tapestry needle. Pull tight and thread through the middle of the top of the hat to weave ends in on the inside of the hat.
Weave in remaining ends.