DIY // Very Berry Hat

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Guys, where did the time go? It’s already the middle of December, and the final countdown is here: 10 days until Christmas, 11 days until the retail hurricane that’s Boxing Day, and 16 days until New Year’s Eve. We’re supposed to be well into winter, yet here in Toronto it’s still oddly warm (6 degrees celsius / 42.8 degrees fahrenheit).

Thank God for that though, because I’m hoping that means I can wear my hand knits for longer. I’ve been knitting and crocheting non-stop for the past few months, and my closet is quickly running out of space. And it’s no thanks to the amazing Crazy Sexy Wool.

Crazy Sexy Wool is one of my all-time fave yarns to work with – it’s oh-so-soft against the skin, the colors are bold, and its chunkiness makes projects super quick to knit up. Not long after seeing and feeling the yarn in person, I made a bold declaration: I’m going to make a different hat in basically every single color possible. Yes, it’s that addicting!!

So, I introduce to you one of the products of my fascination.. the Very Berry Hat! The bright red of the hat and pompom combined with the purl bumps immediately reminded me of a handful of wild berries.  The hat is knit in seed stitch (or UK moss stitch) on 12mm and consists of only 30 rounds, so in other words.. we made Christmas gift giving easy for you. Get started on it now:

MATERIALS

  • 1 ball of Crazy Sexy Wool in True Blood
  • Optional: Scrap yarn in a contrast colour for the pompom
  • 12mm double pointed needles
  • Stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle

ABBREVIATIONS

(US Terminology)

co = cast on

k = knit

p = purl

st (s) = stitch (es)

ssk = slip, slip, knit

p2tog = purl 2 stitches together

m1p = make one stitch purl-wise

m1k = make one stitch knit-wise

rnd = round

GAUGE

6 stitches and 11 rows per 3” in seed stitch on 12mm needles

MEASUREMENTS

One size fits most. The hat measures 9” in height and 8” at the brim laid flat.

TECHNIQUES

SSK: slip, slip knit. Slip the next two stitches, one at a time as if to knit, to the right needle. Insert the left needle into the fronts of these two stitches and knit them together. One stitch is decreased.

P2tog: Position the needle as if to purl a single stitch, except insert the needle through two loops. Purl the 2 stitches together as if they were one stitch. 

Make one stitch purl-wise (m1p): Place your needles as if to purl the next stitch, but don’t drop the loop off your left needle. Instead, work a purl stitch in the back of the same loop, transferring the worked stitch to the right needle (as you would do with a regular purl stitch). One stitch has been increased. 

Make one stitch knit-wise (m1k): Place your needles as if to knit the next stitch, but don’t drop the loop off your left needle. Instead, work a knit stitch in the back of the same loop, transferring the worked stitch to the right needle (as you would do with a regular knit stitch). One stitch has been increased.

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PATTERN

CO 32 stitches, placing 8 stitches on each double pointed needle. Join in the round, taking care not to twist the stitches. Use a stitch marker to indicate the beginning of the round.

Rnd 1-6: *K1, P1*, repeat from * to end.

Rnd 7 (increase begins): *P1, [K1, M1P] twice, [K1, P1] twice, K1*, repeat from * to end. (40 sts)

Rnd 8: *K1, P1*, repeat from * to end

Rnd 9: *P1, K1*, repeat from * to end

Repeat rnds 8 & 9 four more times.

Rnd 18 (increase): *[K1, M1P] twice, [K1, P1] four times*, rep from * to end (48 sts).

Rnd 19: *P1, K1*, repeat from * to end

Rnd 20: *K1, P1*, repeat from * to end

Repeat rnds 19 & 20 once more.

Rnd 23: *P1, K1*, repeat from * to * until the end of the round.

Rnd 24 (decrease begins): *SSK, p2tog, [K1, P1] four times *, repeat from * to end (40 sts).

Rnd 25 (dec round): *[P1, K1] three times, p2tog, k2tog*, repeat from * to end (32 sts).

Rnd 26: *K1, P1*, repeat from * to end.

Rnd 27 (dec round): *P2tog, SSK, [P1, K1] twice*, repeat from * to end (24 sts).

Rnd 28: *K1, P1*, repeat from * to end.

Rnd 29 (dec round): *P1, K1, P1, SSK, p2tog, K1*, repeat from * to end (18 sts).

Rnd 30: *K1, P1*, repeat from * to end.

Leave an 8” tail for sewing.

Assembling

Using a tapestry needle, pull the 8” tail through the remaining stitches and tug on the yarn to close up the loop. Weave in any loose ends. Attach a pompom (we used the colours True Blood Red and Sherpa Blue) and you’re done!

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Download the PDF on Ravelry here.

 

 

Happy crafting,

 

Joan

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2 thoughts on “DIY // Very Berry Hat

  1. years ago, I am now 80, I made similar hats…
    use a real long “tail” on the end…
    it becomes a very warm and handy scarf…

    • Hi Carolyn,

      That’s amazing – In my opinion that’s what’s great about a simple hat, they’ll always be in style no matter the decade. We’d love to see some of your other projects too!

      Joan

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