Adult's Ribbed Bobble Hat


This hat was designed for my brother and is based loosely on the old style brownie hats, which were close fitting ribbed hats which could be easily pulled onto the head and any extra length folded back away from the eyes, which he liked when we were kids.

The hat is easy to make and is ideal for beginners or more experienced knitters alike.  Total preparation time is probably about 4 - 8 hours depending on experience.


 

Requirements:
1 x 100g Balls of chunky knitting yarn (hat pictured is made from Stylecraft Safari Knitting Yarn)
1 x 5.5mm Knitting Needles

Abbreviations:


Abbreviation
   
 Meaning
     
sts      Stitches      
    Knit (number after it refers to how many stitches to knit)
     
P     Purl (number after it refers to how many stitches to purl)       
 K2tog     Knit next two stitches together as one stitch (decreases the number of stitches by 1)
   
 P2tog     Purl next two stitches together as one stitch (decreases the number of stitches by 1)    
[ ]
    Repeat instructions within [ ] as specified by the instruction directly following the bracket

Pattern:
Print copy of free knitting pattern ribbed bobble hat
To make hat (make 1):
Using 5.5mm needles cast on 74 stitches. 
Row 1:  [K1, P1] to end
Row 2:  [K1, P1] to end
Repeat these 2 rows, until work measures 23 cm.
Shape Crown:
Row 1:  K1, P1, [K2tog, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1] repeat to end  (65 sts)
Row 2:  [K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P2] repeat to end
Row 3:  K1, P1, [K2tog, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1] repeat to end  (56 sts)
Row 4:  [K1, P1] repeat to end
Row 5:  K1, P1, K1, P1, K1 [P2tog, P1, K1, P1, K1] repeat to last 3 stitches, P2 tog, P1  (47 sts)
Row 6:  [K2, P1, K1, P1] repeat to last 2 stitches, K1, P1
Row 7:  K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, [P2tog, K1, P1, K1] repeat to last 2 sts, P2tog  (38 sts)
Row 8:  [K1, P1] repeat to end
Row 9:  K1, P1, [K2tog, K1, P1]  (29 sts)
Row 10:  [K1, P2tog] repeat to last stitch, P1  (20 sts)
Row 11:  [K2tog, P2tog] 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.  Remember that the inside of the hat will fold over to form a rim when on the head.


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