Learn to work slip stitches and simple cables with this split brim hat that has a fun pompom feature!
19 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches/10cm in Mock English Rib. 23 sts and 20 rnds = 4 inches/10cm in Slip St pat. To save time, take time to check gauge.
1 over 2 Left Cross (1/2 LC): Slip next st to cn and hold in front; k2, k1 from cn. 1 over 2 Right Cross (1/2 RC): Slip next 2 sts to cn and hold in back; k1, k2 from cn.
Mock English Rib (multiple of 4 sts + 3) Row 1: Sl 1, k1, p1, *k3, p1; rep from * to end.
Rep Row 1 for pat. Slip St (multiple of 4 sts + 4) Notes: A chart is provided for those preferring to work pat st from a chart. Slip St pat is worked in a series of 2-rnd stripes, alternating the main color (MC) using A and the contrasting colors (CC) using B, C or D. Work the first 2-rnd stripe of the CC using B, then sequence through C, D and B on each succeeding rep of the stripe in the CC. Rnd 1: With MC, knit. Rnds 2 and 3: With CC, *sl 1 wyib, k3; rep from * around. Cut CC. Rnd 4: With MC, *1/2 LC, k1; rep from * around. Rnd 5: Knit. Rnds 6 and 7: With next CC, *sl 1 wyib, k3; rep from * around. Cut CC. Rnd 8: Remove beg-of-rnd marker, place first st on locking st marker and let hang in front of work, move last st of previous rnd to LH needle, place beg-ofrnd marker, k2, *1/2 RC, k1; rep from * to last 2 sts, k1, k1 from st marker.
Rep Rnds 1–8 for pat, using the next CC in each new rep.
Hat is worked from the bottom up. The split brim is worked flat and then joined to work the body of the hat in the round.
Stripes in hat use approximately 30 yards of yarn, perfect for using up leftover yarns. Optional pompom would require more of each color.
For a slouchy hat, work hat to a height of 101/2 inches, ending Slip Stitch pattern on a Round 4 or 8. If using leftover yarns, be aware that this option would require more yarn.
Carry MC up inside of work when not in use.
Always slip stitches purlwise.
Brim With A, cast on 83 sts.
Work in Mock English Rib for 31/2 inches. Body With RS facing, pm and join for working in the rnd. Setup Rnd: Knit, inc 17 sts evenly around—100 sts.
Work Slip St pat for 8 inches, ending on a Rnd 4. Shape Crown Note: Change to dpns when sts no longer fit comfortably on circular needle. Dec Rnd 1: With A, [k1, ssk, k5, k2tog] 10 times—80 sts.
Knit 1 rnd. Dec Rnd 2: [K1, ssk, k3, k2tog] 10 times— 60 sts.
Knit 1 rnd. Dec Rnd 3: [K1, ssk, k1, k2tog] 10 times— 40 sts.
Knit 1 rnd. Next 3 rnds: K2tog around—5 sts.
Cut yarn and run tail twice through rem sts. Pull to close top and secure.
Weave in ends. Block to measurements. Pompom (Optional) With, A, B, C and D, make pompom (see page 79) approx 31/2 inches in diameter. Attach to top of hat. Note: You may wish to attach pompom with a double bow instead of a knot so you can remove it to wash hat.