A slouchy, easy-to-knit hat in two sizes. Decreases at the top form an asterisk shape. The hat pictured is in the larger size.
Yarn: Patons UK Wool Blend DK, 1 skein = 251m (you won’t use it all!)
Needles: 4 4mm dpns or 4mm 16” circular needle and 4 4mm dpns.
Gauge: 22sts and 30 rows = 4”
Dimensions: small = 18” around, 8” high, large = 20” around, 9” high.
Extras 3 stitch markers.
CO = cast on
k = knit
p = purl
sl = slip
k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
ssk= slip 2 stitches knitwise then knit them together with the lefthand needle
psso = pass slipped stitch over
pm = place marker
Double Moss Stitch Pattern:
Row 1: *k1 p1* to end of row.
Row 2: *k1 p1* to end of row.
Row 3: *p1 k1* to end of row.
Row 4: *p1 k1* to end of row.
Note: The directions for this pattern require you to use 4 (not 5!) dpns. The decreases at the top are worked in 6 segments, 2 on each dpn.
Cast on 102 (114) stitches, 34 (38) on each of your 3 dpns (if you’re using them). Join in the round and place a marker for the beginning of the row if you’re using a circular needle.
Work in k2 p1 rib for 10 rows (or around 1½”). Now work in Double Moss Stitch until hat measures 6” (7”), ending on Row 3 of the Double Moss Stitch Pattern. Change to 4 dpns if you were using a circular needle, ensuring you have 34 (36) stitches on each of your 3 working needles.
Work set-up row: *p1, (k1 p1) 8 (9) times, pm, k1 (p1 k1) 8 (9) times, (you should be at the end of a needle)* to end of row. You basically work row 4 of the Double Moss Stitch Pattern but place a marker in the middle of each dpn, i.e. after 17 (19) stitches. This divides your stitches into 6 segments for the decreases.
Now decrease as follows:
Row 1: (ssk k1 *p1 k1* to two stitches before marker, k2tog, slip marker, ssk p1 *k1 p1* to two stitches before end of dpn, k2tog ) three times, 12 stitches decreased.
Row 2: (k2 *p1 k1* to one stitch before marker, k1, slip marker, k1 p1 *k1 p1* to one stitch before end of dpn, k1) three times.
Repeat these two rows 6 (7) more times, you should have 18 stitches left.
Final Row: *sl1 k1 psso* to end of row. Cut the yarn leaving a 10'' tail. Thread this through the remaining stitches and pull tight. Sew over the hole a couple of times and weave in any loose ends.