The Plan

Update 2017. While we hoped we could revive this project it has not happened. If anyone is interested in taking over, please leave a comment.

Knit lots of hats and scarves for patients and survivors or breast and ovarian cancers to be donated to the Komen Foundation for the Cure, Philadelphia Affiliate. We fully support monetary fund raising efforts for the cure. But we also want to do something which will go directly to those who need to know there are people rooting for their health and survival. All skill levels are welcome!

Please join us! The 2011 project ends Sept. 15th.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Second Pattern

Hello All, As promised here is the second pattern. For those of you still working on the first, don't stress! Continue working at whatever pace you are comfortable with. If you are finished with the first pattern - please post! We'd love to see what you've done. Don't know/want to post on your own? Please send us info to the email address and we'd be happy to post for you.

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.

Horizontal Ribbed Hat



Appropriate needle size in 16”round needle, and double pointed needles.

Tapestry needle

Measuring tape

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.

Start the crown of the hat. Do some math first: (it helps to print this out)

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?

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