Monday, January 21, 2008

Recipe for a Hat

I've decided to share my basic recipe for a hat. Your head, your yarn, your gauge. It is much simpler than it looks, trust me.

1) Figure your gauge. ie 5 sts per 1"

2) Measure head circumference and subtract 2." ie 18"-2"= 16"

3) Multiply #2 by #1. ie 16 x 5= 80

4) Round #3 to the nearest multiple of 6 (preferably down). ie 78

5) Measure head over the top from earlobe to earlobe. ie 14"

6) Divide that number by 2 and then subtract 2" for the decrease rounds. 14/2=7 - 2= 5

7) Cast on #4.

8) Knit until the piece measure #6 (you can work whatever hem you want).

9) Divide #4 by 6. ie 78/6=13

10) Place stitch markers after ever (insert #9) stitches.

11) Knit to 2 sts before st marker, k2tog, around.

12) Knit one round even.

13) Repeat 11 and 12 until there are 6 sts, draw yarn through 6 sts, pull tight and weave in ends.

Voila, a hat made perfectly for you.

Here are a few examples of different things you can do with the recipe. I put all the calculations into a spreadsheet so I don't have to get my calculator out everytime I need to crunch the numbers. If anyone wants the spreadsheet, just let me know and I'll email it to you!

1 comment:

Knit and Piece said...

Thanks for the hat recipe Melanie! I will make good use of it, maybe adding some colourwork in a hat for 1 of my children (to start with). The sun hat I made from a free pattern of yours turned out so well. I really appreciate your generosity!!