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Todays blog post is a bit of a variation on a theme. The theme? It’s super bulky yarns. I normally lean towards knitting with fingering and DK weight yarns, but I’m really enjoying knitting super bulky yarn right now. Today I’m sharing a pattern similar to the Super Simple, Super Bulky Hat shared last week.
This hat is perfect for a weekend hike and is named for an amazing park here in Rhode Island. Lincoln Woods is a gorgeous park that is perfect for a Saturday morning dog walk and this fitted beanie will cover your ears and keep you warm on a cold day.
It’s also a quick knit so would be great for community knitting projects, donations, or gifting. The Lincoln Woods hat knits up quickly and is really attractive when finished.
This is also a good pattern to try out knitting with two colors. While stripes may be the easiest way to explore colorwork, this kind of dotted hat is really accessible.
I like to top these hats with a yarn pompom, but pompoms are optional. Also, if you are not super confident about making your own yarn pompoms, you can grab an inexpensive faux fur pompom and add that.
- Skill level: Beginner-Intermediate
- Skills needed: knitting and purling in the round, knitting with two colors, decreasing by k2tog.
- Size: One Size – to fit most adults
- Circumference: 19”, stretches to fit 22” head circumference
- Height: 7 ½”
- Gauge: 10 sts and 10 rows per 4” in stockinette stitch knit in the round on larger needles.
- US 11 (8 mm) 16″ circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge.
- Recommended needles: Clover Bamboo 16″ Circular Knitting Needle
- US 13 (9 mm) 16″ circular needles and set of double-pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge.
- MC: 75 yards super bulky weight wool-blend yarn.
- Recommended yarn: Lionbrand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick (80% acrlylic, 20% wool). Samples shown in: Glacier
- CC: 15 yards super bulky weight wool-blend yarn
- Recommended yarn: Lionbrand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick (80% acrlylic, 20% wool). Samples shown in: Fisherman
- Stitch Marker
- Yarn needle
- Optional: pompom.
- CC: contrasting color
- CO: cast on
- k: knit
- k2tog: knit two together
- MC: main color
- p: purl
- rnd(s): round(s)
- st(s): stitch(es)
- Using MC, CO 48 sts with smaller needles.
- Rnd 1: *k1, p1; repeat from * to end of rnd.
- Repeat rnd 1 seven times (8 rnds complete)
Body of Hat
- Rnd 2: switch to larger needles, knit all sts.
- Rnd 3: Add CC, *k1 with MC, k1 with CC; repeat from * to end of rnd.
- Rnd 4: knit all sts with MC.
- Rnd 5: *k1 with CC, k1 with MC; repeat from * to end of rnd.
- Repeat rnds 2-5 twice times (3 repeats total).
- Repeat rnd 2 once more.
Switch to double-pointed needles, or preferred method of knitting a small circumference in the round, when needed.
- Rnd 6: *(k1 with MC, k1 with CC) three times, k2tog with MC; repeat from * to end of rnd.
- Rnd 7: knit all sts with MC.
- Rnd 8: *(k1 with CC, k1 with MC) twice,k1 with CC, k2tog with MC; repeat from * to end of rnd.
- Rnd 9: knit all sts with MC.
- Rnd 10: *(k1 with MC, k1 with CC) twice, k2tog with MC; repeat from * to end of rnd.
- Rnd 11: knit all sts with MC.
- Rnd 12: *k1 with CC, k1 with MC, k1 with CC, k2tog; repeat from * to end of rnd.
- Rnd 12 is the last round with the CC; cut CC leaving a 6” tail to weave in.
- Rnd 13: Continue with MC, *k2, k2tog; repeat from * to end of rnd.
- Rnd 14: *k1, k2tog; repeat from * to end of rnd.
- Rnd 15: k2tog around (6 sts remaining).
Cut yarn and weave tail through remaining stitches. Weave in loose ends. Lightly wet block. Optional: add a pompom to top your hat. Wear.
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