Free Pattern Friday: Big Hit Beanie Hat

It's been a hot summer here in Charleston. Our normally somewhat mild (though humid) summer days have been replaced with temperatures and heat indices of 100+ degrees (and still humid).

ALL THE MORE REASON TO KNIT WINTER HATS!

When I was a kid, one of my strategies for surviving scorching Texas summers was to read books like "The Long Winter" by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and pretend it wasn't quite so hot where I lived. Fast forward to today and you'll find me knitting winter garments, pretending it's not quite so hot where I live. Some things really don't change, do they?

If you, too would like to escape summer by preparing for winter, here is a free hat pattern for you!

Big Hit Beanie Hat

Pattern by Tamara Goff

Materials:

KnitPicks Brava Worsted (100% Acrylic; 219 yards/100 grams) one skein orange
US Size 7 (4.5mm) circular needles, 16" 

US Size 7 (4.5mm) double pointed needles, set of 4 or 5.
Yarn needle for weaving in ends.

Gauge: 

Approximately 4 stitches to one inch in Stockinette Stitch in the round.

Size:

Fits adult sized head, approximately 22” around.

Pattern:

With circular needles, CO 91 stitches.
Place marker to mark beginning of round. Decrease one stitch when joining—slip the last cast on stitch onto the left needle and knit it together with the first cast on stitch.  This will prevent the gap left when joining in the round. Join in the round, being careful not to twist stitches.

Work in K3P2 rib for 2.5 inches.
Knit every round (stockinette stitch) until piece measures 7 inches or to desired size, then begin decreases. The decrease rounds will add another 2.5 inches.
Note: As you knit decreases, it will become harder to knit comfortably on the circular needle. Transfer your stitches to the double pointed needles when needed.

Decreases:
Round 1: *K7, K2tog; repeat from * – 80 stitches remain
Round 2 and all other even numbered rounds: Knit
Round 3: *K6, K2tog; repeat from * – 70 stitches
Round 5: *K5, K2tog; repeat from * - 60 stitches
Round 7: *K4, K2tog; repeat from * - 50 stitches
Round 9: *K3, K2tog; repeat from * - 40 stitches
Round 11: *K2, K2tog; repeat from * - 30 stitches
Round 13: *K1, K2tog; repeat from * - 20 stitches
Round 15: *K2tog; repeat from * - 10 stitches

Finish:
Cut yarn, weave through stitches still on needles, pull closed and weave in ends. Block as needed. 

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