Thursday, October 21, 2010

Easy Hat Pattern: Part 3

I've just finished up knitting the brim of my hat and thought I should show you how to do the basket-weave pattern, which will be the major pattern in the hat.  It's basically very similar to a wide rib stitch, except that it switches the knits for purls and vice versa every 4 rows.

You should have 8 rows of 2x2 rib.  We're going to switch to the 5 mm needles as we knit our first row.  I always forget to switch needles and have found it useful to immediately put away the needles I'm not going to be using anymore.  Otherwise, 6 rows in, I'll find out I've been using two 5 mm needles and three 4.5 mm ones!

Here is the pattern:

Row 9: Using the 5 mm needles *K4, p4 repeat from * to end
Rows 10-12: Repeat row 9
Row 13: *P4, k4 repeat from * to end
Rows 14-16: Repeat row 13

Here is the pattern written out in long form:

Using a 5 mm needles, at the beginning of the next (9th) row, Knit 4 stitches.  Bring the yarn to the front and purl 4 stitches.  Continue knitting 4 then purling 4 until the end of the row.  NOTE: each time a 4.5 mm needles is freed of its stitches, put it away and grab a 5 mm needle instead.  Keep knitting in the knit 4 then purl 4 pattern until you have completed 4 rows.  You should have squares of knitting that are 4 stitches across and 4 up.

On the next (13th) row, purl 4 stitches.  Bring the yarn to the back and knit 4 stitches.  Continue knitting in the purl 4 then knit 4 pattern until you have completed 4 rows.  Then you will return to the knit 4, purl 4 pattern and repeat these 8 rows.

Here are the Videos:

The first four rows of basket-weave:

And the second four rows of basket-weave:

Keep going in basket-weave until you have 3 or 4 repeats of the 8 row pattern depending on how big your head is and how big you want your hat.  When I first started knitting, I knit quite a few hats that were comically small.  I kept thinking that the hats would be too big so I would start decreasing and they would end up not even hitting the tops of my ears.  So keep knitting until your hat is at a comfortable ear level and leaves a gap of only a few inches on the top of your head.  

Coming soon.... Decreasing!

1 comment:

  1. Great info, definitely the best video out there that I have found on knitting a hat! Thank you so much this helps me a lot!