Sunday, June 26, 2011

Knitted Beanie Hat for Charity

Here's a copy of the pattern that Ms. Stobbs adapted for charity and home use only if you would like to make some for your local charity organizations or homeless shelters.

Basic Beanie Hat for Charity
Yarn: Knitting worsted
Needles: #4 and #5 16” circular, and #5 (five double pointed needles) or size to get correct gauge
Gauge: 9 stitches = 2: (on larger needles)

With smaller needles, cast on 72 stitches (child size) and 84 stitches (adult man or women size). Place marker for beginning and join for knitting in the round, making cast-on edge as neat as possible. Working in ribbing of K1, P1 or K2, P2 (your choice) for 2”. Change to larger needle and knit even (in your yarn and color choice, or stripes) until entire piece measures about 6” (child size), 6 & ½” (adult size) or desired depth until crown decreases.

Decreasing for crown:
*K10, K2together (repeat from * around)
*K9, K2together (repeat from * around)
*K8, K2together (repeat from *around)

Continue decreasing this method, having one less stitch between decreases until 6 stitches remain (child), and 7 stitches remain (adult); changing to double-pointed needles when necessary. On adult size on last decrease row, you will end up with K2together around, ending with 7 stitches left.

Cut yarn, leaving a 10” tail, thread yarn on a large eye needle and run needle through all remaining stitches. Draw stitches closed firmly and go through stitches once more and pull firmly. Weave yarn end in securely for 3 – 5”.

This hat pattern was adapted from several hat patterns, including one from the Seamen’s Church Institute

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