I have been experimenting with the patterns I have found online, but one thing I realized is that the complex patterns bring in no more money than the easy ones, but they take more time. I could make say 10 super-complicated character hats and bring in £3 (30p per hat is, I think, the figure I read) OR I can knit 100 interesting but fairly easy hats and bring in £300. Seems an easy choice to me.
I had a sock pattern I wanted to try, and I thought I would use the basic idea (a slip stitch) but adapt it to the small hat size. I think it is super cute, takes no more time to knit than a bog-standard basic Smoothie hat, and works beautifully with a short-run variegated yarn. By that, I mean a yarn that has colour runs of a couple of inches, rather than a self-striping yarn that knits up as a few rows of a colour. Like this stuff:
As you can see, the runs of each colour are very short, about 4 inches. And the hat looks like this:
The thing about the short colour runs is the slip stitch carries the colour from a lower row up to a higher row, for a nifty, but easy, colour effect!
Pattern, to be knit in the round using Magic Loop:
Cast on 30 stitches. Split at 15 stitches, and join to work Magic Loop, taking care not to twist the stitches.
Purl two rows
- Knit 1 (double-wrap yarn, k2) double-wrap, k1 (Elongated stitch – see below)
- Knit 1 (release/slip wrapped yarn purlwise, k2) release/slip, k1
- Knit 1, (slip elongated stitch purlwise, k2) slip, k1
Repeat rows pattern rows three more times, for a total of 12 pattern rows.
- K2tog to the last stitch on the front needle, k1
- K2tog to the last stitch on the back needle, k1
With 8 stitches on each needle, k2tog
Cut. Thread tail on needle and insert thru the stitches on the needles. Pull tight to gather. Weave in end.
I managed to take a few photos. Maybe they will help. I have seen this stitch called the Elongated Stitch, and here is a video of the double-wrap if you need the extra help.
Pattern Row 1:
Pattern Row 2:
The next row, you release the wrapped yarn, slipping purlwise, without knitting it. Can you see the wrapped stitches (the doubled yellow ones) upcoming?
Pattern Row 3:
Slip the elongated stitches purlwise
And you can see how the green and the yellow slipped stitches now divide the orange in this row. THAT is what gives the hat it’s funky colour pattern.
I’ll also offer my quick pom-pom making tip. I use two methods. THIS hat pattern, I use the fork method, with an added tip. I first double the yarn, using maybe 40 inches, doubled.
Slip the fold over one tine of the fork
Wrap the yarn around and around, as normal. Slip another say 10 inch folded piece thru the middle tine – you can even slip this thru BEFORE you start winding. I do that too.
Thread the loose ends thru the loop and tighten
I then wrap one end around again and tie the two ends tightly, leaving the tails.
Snip the loops and trim any stragglers, but be careful not to snip the tails! To join it to the top of the hat, I thread one tail thru on one side of the centre top, then the other tail thru on the other side.
and tie them off inside the hat. It keeps the pompom sitting perky and stable at the top, rather than it going all floppy.
I did do one using yarn with a longer run – it’s fine, but less interesting, I think. I like the colour when it extends across the rows.
You can see a couple of my other hats there too – I did a few Christmas themed ones, but then I think I read they won’t go in the stored till February, so I might not bother with any more. I do quite like the little ninja. I saw a pattern someplace for a crochet one (maybe not a hat, maybe and egg cosy, now I think back) but mine is knitted, except the little ties on the side – those are a crocheted chain with a slip stitch, some single crochets into the chain and another slip stitch to finish, then folded and stitched to the side. The face is cut from felt and the eyes are sequins. The shaping at the top has more gently tapered k2tog rows, for a more rounded top. Not the best photo but you get the idea.
I have another pattern, and another pompom that I love, but I need to get ready to do WOYWW tomorrow so that will have to wait for Thursday! Also easy, but using another stitch I’ve always been meaning to try. I find practicing on these tiny hats a great way to solidify a stitch pattern in my head.
I will probably do a count for WOYWW to see where I am on my goal of 100 hats in a month. I have my doubts I’ll manage it, but I’m still trying…