I Knitted a Woolly Hat! + Free Knitting Pattern

free-bobble-hat-knitting-patternA few weeks ago, Let’s Knit magazine Tweeted a link to this free bobble hat knitting pattern for newbie knitters. I’ve done a bit of knitting here and there, but I’d still class myself as a beginner, so when I saw this pattern I knew it was something I’d be able to accomplish! So I downloaded and printed it straight away, and off I went…

The knitting pattern is for a simple, ribbed knit hat with a pompom on the top. The only stitches you need to know are knit (k), purl (p), knit/purl two together (k2tog/p2tog), and ‘slip one, knit one, pass slip stitch over’ (skpo). That last stitch is a lot easier than it sounds, and the pattern gives you a step-by-step instruction of how to do it too (very helpful). You’ll also need 5mm and 6mm needles, plus one 100g ball of chunky yarn – I used a ball of Deramores Vintage chunky in ‘Rose’ that I’ve had sat in my stash for a while (it’s 50% merino wool so incredibly soft and cosy), but any colour/brand would work just the same.lets-knit-bobble-hat-pattern

I knitted this hat over the course of a weekend – I think I might’ve done 3 hours on Saturday and 3 on Sunday. I didn’t have a single problem following the pattern – after you’ve cast on 90 stitches for the women’s variant, you simply knit/purl in a ribbed pattern until you get to the top where the shaping happens. You then sew up the seam and make a pompom to attach to the top. Easy!

If you’re new to knitting (or aren’t very confident) then this is a great pattern to start with. It’s easy to follow, quick to make and is something that you’d actually want to wear when it’s finished. It’s also a great last-minute, handmade Christmas gift idea! I love my new hat and can’t wait to wear it when the cold weather comes around! Even if I do look a bit like a tea cosy  🙂

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Knitting a Woolly Hat

Carol Meldrum woolly hatIt’s September, it’s almost Autumn and it’s very nearly the time to start wearing wool again! Normally when the winds are blowing and the rain is falling I turn to my knitted beret (shop bought, I must admit) but this year I’ve decided I’m going to have a go at making my own hat.

The pattern I’ve picked is one from the book ’30 Minute Knits’ by Carol Meldrum. I highly doubt it’ll take me just 30 minutes to make, but I’m going to try my best. I’ve also been assured by McA Direct (a knitting store who contacted me through Twitter) that wool, needles and knitting bookthe author, Carol Meldrum, creates patterns that are lots of fun to do! So fingers crossed…

The pattern calls for one 100g ball of super chunky wool and 12mm knitting needles. I don’t own either, so on my lunch today I popped down to the wool shop in my town and picked up the couple of things you can see in the picture. I’ve got some jumbo-size, plastic, 12mm needles (they look a bit like toy knitting needles!) and some Wendy Mega Chunky Wool in shade 2244 – this is apparently silver but I’d say it was more a grey-blue colour.

Now I just hope that it goes to plan, I can polish off the rust and I can remember how to knit!