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Friday, December 3, 2010

Ryan's Hat

I'm still plugging away, making Christmas presents for the family.  I am glad to say the end is in sight.  I wanted to post the hat I just finished for my nephew, who turned 15 a few days ago.  He loves all thing Scottish, so I went with that for the hat.  Really it was a basic hat, and was only delayed in that I didn't have enough wool and had to wait for more to be delivered.

Ryan's Hat

5mm circular needles (33cm long I believe), a set of 4, 5mm DPN's
The wool I used is Jarol Heritage DK.  It is 55% wool, 25% acrylic and 20% nylon. I used a double strand so the tension would be right, and to make it that much warmer.  Speaking of tension, I didn't do one I just started knitting and it worked out ok.  I'll do a tension square and add it later on.

On the 5mm circular needle cast on 92. Add a row marker.

1) K2, P2, repeat these 4 stitches until the end of the row.  Then work the 2x2 rib for as many rows as you like.  I didn't keep track, just stopped when it looked right to me,  about 1.5".

2) Knit until measures 17cm (5.5in).  Knitting in the round will produce a stockinette stitch.  If you wanted a garter stitch then K 1 row, and P the next.  I like the look of stockinette for a hat.

For decrease:
1) K1 K2tog, repeat until end.

2) Knit one row.

Repeat these two rows until there are only a few stitches left, say around 10 or 12.  At some point you are going to have to switch to a set of 5mm DPN's.  Just do it whenever is comfortable to you.

Cut wool leaving a tail, and thread through the stitches.  Draw tight, turn inside out and weave end it.  Viola!

For the Scotland badge I turned to my ever trusty Ebay.  I was able to get this Scotland badge for only a few pounds, and it seemed teenage boyish to me.  I sewed it onto the hat with clear thread.  I like the idea of a badge so much I think I might try others with different decals.


  1. What a fun gift and you've got to love Ebay! You really can find just about anything on there :)

  2. Great hat and great instructions. Love the patch you added too.

    Thanks for sharing. Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

  3. Cute hat, thanks for posting the pattern, I'm sure it will be a big hit!

  4. Hello - saw this on plain and joyful living and loved it. I love to read Scottish blogs too! Warm wishes.


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