The Second hat builds on some of the aspects of the first hat. You need to know how to knit, purl and knit two together.
Appropriate needle size in 16”round needle, and double pointed needles.
Knit a swatch in the desired yarn. This swatch should be knitted on one side, purled on the other. Break yarn and block. Establish correct gauge – figure out how many stitches you knit per inch.
Measure your head with measuring tape. Multiply this number times the gauge (stitches per inch). Adjust number to make it divisible by 5, round down if necessary. This is how many stitches you cast on.
Cast directly onto circular needles. Join making sure not to twist the cast on bit.
Knit four rows, purl two rows for 4.5 inches.
Divide your stitches by five and write the number here: _______
a. Subtract 2 from the above number: _______
b. Subtract one from the “a.” number :_______
c. Subtract one from the “b” number_______
Insert the numbers in their correct places here:
Knit ___(a)____ knit the next two stitches together. Repeat four more times
Knit ___(b)____ knit the next two stitches together. Repeat four more times
Knit ___(c)____ knit the next two stitches together. Repeat four more times.
The pattern for knitting the crown is established. You can tell where to knit to together as you come to that in the round. Continue this way until there are only 20 stitches left. You will probably need to switch to double pointed needles at some point. (there will be another post specifically to deal with this.
At 20 stitches, knit two together all the way around. 10 stitches left.
Break the thread at 12 inches, and sew through the loops on the needles and pull tight. Sew all tails into the hat.
PS: the mannequin - much better in light blue, don't you think?