Here is a free knitting pattern for a speckled bobble hat. This hat is knitted in chunky wool on 5.5 mm needles using stocking stitch. This free knitting pattern produces a thick but supple bobble hat, which is close fitting for extra warmth on a winters day.
The hat is easy to make provided you can do basic colour work and simple shaping.
This free knitting pattern for a speckled bobble hat is perfect to keep off the winter chill, an ideal present for the christmas period or to add a festive flavour to an outing.
To make hat (make 1):
Using 5.5mm needles and cream yarn, cast on 74 stitches.
Work 5 rows in K1, P1 rib
Join in the red yarn and work in pattern:
Row 1: Using red yarn Knit to end
Row 2: Using red yarn Purl to end
Row 3: K1R, [K1C, K7R] repeat to last stitch K1R
Row 4: Using red yarn Purl to end
Row 5: Using red yarn Knit to end
Row 6: P5R, [P1C, P7R] repeat to last 4 sts, P1C, P4R
Repeat these 4 rows a further three times (working 24 rows in total).
Keeping the pattern of cream stitches correct, shape the crown as follows:
Row 1: K2, [K2tog, K6 ] repeat to end (65 sts)
Row 2: Purl to end
Row 3: K5, [K2tog, K5] repeat to last 4 sts, K2tog, K2 (56 sts)
Row 4: Purl to end
Row 5: K2 [K2tog, K4] repeat to last 3 stitches, K2 tog, K4 (47 sts)
Row 6: Purl to end
Row 7: [K2tog, K3] repeat to last 2 sts, K2tog (37 sts)
Row 8: Purl to end
Row 9: K1, [K2tog, K2] (28 sts). Break off and secure cream yarn. Continue working only in red yarn.
Row 10: Purl to end
Row 11: K1, [K2tog, K1] (19 sts)
Row 12: Purl to end
Row13: K1, [K2tog] repeat to end (10 sts)
Break off yarn, thread yarn through remaining stitches and secure.
To make up
Carefully sew down back of hat ensuring that the seam cannot be seen on the outside of the hat. Make a Pompom using cream yarn and attach securely to the top of the hat. The Pompom shown here was prepared by wrapping wool around my hand, tying in the centre and trimming to shape.