In the last year we have been inspired to knit for charity and one of the causes that has come to our attention is Hat Not Hate, an anti-bullying campaign launched by Lion Brand Yarns in 2018. Lion Brand asks knitters to donate blue knit (and crochet) hats and teams up with schools around the country to distribute hats to students in October of each year for National Bullying Prevention Month.
Though the deadline for 2019 donations has passed, designer Laura Cameron was inspired to create a simple hat pattern in honor of Hat Not Hate. Today we’re sharing this pattern with you so you can knit one for yourself or donate one to a charitable cause near you.
By Laura Cameron
Finished measurements: To fit head circumference of 20” (22”)
Gauge: 20 sts & 32 rows = 4 inches St St
- US 6/4 mm and 8/5 mm - 16”/40 cm circular SMARTSTIX needles
- 1 skein TreasureGoddess Treasured Warmth Worsted Weight (100% superwash merino, 218 yards/100 grams), color: Swimming with the Fishes
- Darning needle
- Stitch Marker (to indicate Beginning of Round)
- Nirvana Pom Pom Maker (Optional)
To make hat:
With US 6/4 mm needle, CO 84 (90) sts. Join to work in the round being careful not to twist and place stitch marker to indicate beginning of round.
Work in (P2, K1) rib until your work measure approximately 1.5”/4 cm from cast on (you can use your SMARTSTIX needles to measure!).
Switch to US 8/5 mm needle.
Begin Pattern Stitch:
Rounds 1 & 2: Knit all stitches.
Round 3: (P2, K1) to end of round.
Repeat Rounds 1-3 until your hat reaches 7 (8)”/18 (20) cm or desired length before working crown.
Round 1: (K2tog, K4) to end of round. 70 (75) sts.
Round 2: Knit all stitches.
Round 3: (P1, K1, P2, K1) to end of round.
Round 4: (K2, K2tog, K1) to end of round. 56 (60) sts.
Round 5: (P1, K1) to end of round.
Round 6: (K2tog) to end of round. 28 (30) sts.
Round 7: Knit all stitches.
Round 8: (K2tog) to end of round. 14 (15) sts.
Round 9: (K2tog) to last 0 (1) stitch, K0 (1). 7 (8) sts.
Break yarn, leaving a long tail. Using a tapestry needle, run tail through remaining stitches twice and fasten off.
Pom Pom (optional)
Weave in ends and wash with your favorite fiber wash. We recommend using Knitter’s Pride Blocking Mats to block your hat for the perfect finish.
Allow to dry, then enjoy your new hat or donate to the charitable cause of your choice!
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