Well, it's time for Pokey to get a new hat because his old has seen better days. It is starting to wear thin and look, ummm, well-loved shall we say. I set out with Hobbit the other day to find yarn that 'looked like Daddy', at least according to Hobbit. We found it - and so the "Superstar" hat can begin! We picked up a new brand, well it's new to me, from Hobby Lobby called "I Love This Yarn!" and we got dye lot 1708 for Autumn Stripe. It is a beautiful variegation of rusts, browns and greens. It is close enough to his old hat that he should be in hog heaven.
Here is my pattern for his "Superstar" hat - named as such because of the love for his old hat and the star design on the top.
I casted on 95 stitches on my size 8 circular needles. After joining, I worked in a 2x2 ribbing (k2, p2) and ended the row with one purl stitch. This pattern continues for 1" to make the band. The rest of the hat will be done in stockinette stitch - the beauty of circular needles is that means it's all simple knit!
Now, once the hat reaches 5" from finished edge, you start the decreasing. I worked it out as follows:
Dec Row 1: *k17, k2tog, repeat from * to end of row
Dec Row 2: knit
Dec Row 3: *k16, k2tog, repeat from * to end of row
|Superstar in progress|
Okay, now with the 8 stitches that are left on the needle. Cut a tail that is about 2" long and weave it back through all the stitches. Flip your hat inside out and pull tight - not so tight that you break your yarn... don't laugh, I've done it. Just pull tight enough that you close the top completely. Now, finish it off and weave the tail down through roughly 6 stitches to secure it. Voila - Superstar hat!
I'll post a picture of it later on, once I finish it... now it's time to snuggle on with my coffee, knitting and some shows I recorded off BBC... see ya soon!
**Update - if you knit this all way down to the k2tog, k2tog then you will have a point on your hat. Pokey thinks it is cute and loves it that way but if you aren't too keen on such things then simply stop when you have roughly 13 stitches on your needles. This will give you a nice rounded but flat crown to the hat. Just an FYI since I took it all way to the k2tog, k2tog and was left with 4 stitches and a pointed top. I wanted to add a pom pom but I got a look... lol.**