Super bulky yarn can be so much fun. I especially like some of the barely – twisted, roving style yarns that have come out in the past few years. They really work up fast on big needles or hooks and they look fabulous in very simple stitch patterns. Like many other knitters these days, I’ve been inspired to come up with a few cowl – type things inspired by the cozy looking ones worn by the main character on Starz TV’s “Outlander” series, and these big chunky yarns really work for doing those garter and drop – stitch patterns. With a little of this big yarn left over from a cowl or scarf, I can put a funky textured hat together in the time it takes Baby Girl to nap. My favorite color for this yarn is an undyed winter white, adding to the rovinglike feel.
Winter White Superchunk Textured Hat
Yarn: 1 skein Patons Cobbles (or other super bulky wool blend)
Needles: U.S. Size 11, 16 inch circular, set of DPN
Notions: 4 stitch markers, crochet hook, any size between G and K
Using long – tail method, cast on 44 stitches over 2 needles. Place marker and join for knitting in the round.
Round 1: Work K1, P1 rib to end of round.
Rounds 2 – 6: Repeat Round 1.
Round 7: K 11, PM. P 11, PM. K 11, PM. P to end of round.
Rounds 8-14: Repeat pattern as established in Round 7.
Decrease Section ( Switch to DPN when needed. )
Round 15: K to end of round, slipping markers as you go.
Round 16: *P to 2 stitches before marker, P2tog, slip marker, repeat from * to end of round. (40 stitches)
Round 17: Repeat round 15.
Round 18: Repeat round 16. (36 stitches)
Round 19: *K to 2 stitches before marker, K2tog, repeat from * to end of round.
Round 20: : *P to 2 stitches before marker, P2tog, slip marker, repeat from * to end of round.
Continue decreasing on each round in this way until you have 8 stitches left.
Cut tail end of yarn 6-8 inches long. Use crochet hook to draw yarn through remaining stitches and pull tight. Weave in ends.