Messmerland Knitting Pattern ©2006
Skills Needed: Cast On, Knit, Knit 2 Stitches together (k2 tog), and Cast Off.
Size 10.5 knitting needles, (1) 3.5 ounce skein of worsted-weight yarn, safety pins, and a sewing needle for use with yarn.
Cast on 70 stitches.
Knit every row until the piece measures 16 cm.
Decrease for the top of the hat:
1st row: K2 (this means knit 2 stitches), *K 2 tog (knit 2 stitches together by putting the needle through 2 stitches from left to right), K4. Repeat the section of directions from the * to the end of the row. You should have 58 stitches left. Knit 3 rows in regular garter stitch.
5th row: K2, *K2 tog, K3. Repeat the section from the * to the end of the row. You should have 42 stitches. Knit 3 rows.
9th row: K2, *K2 tog, K2. Repeat the section from the * to the end of the row. You should have 36 stitches. Knit 3 rows.
13th row: K2, *K2 tog, K1. Repeat the section from the * to the end of the row. There will be one stitch left over on the last row to knit at the end of the row. You should have 25 stitches. Knit 1 row.
15th row: K2 tog across the entire row; K1. You should have 13 stitches left. Do not cast off. Cut the yarn leaving an end 30 cm long.
Thread a yarn sewing needle with the 30 cm yarn end. Use the sewing needle to thread through each of the stitches left on the knitting needle as you take them off the knitting needle. Pull the thread through the stitches so the stitches are gathered tightly to make the crown of the hat. Fasten securely with a few small stitches and sew the sides of the hat together neatly. Hide the ends of the yarn under some stitches before you cut them. You can add a pom pom to the top of the hat, if you wish.
Messmerland Knitting Patterns are free; not for commercial use.