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It is Christmas knitting season, and as I set out to knit many many variations of the hat for those that I love, I had a sudden, sickening realization.
It’s kinda girly, isn’t it?
See, I have nephews. Three of them. I have two sons, too, but they’re little and they’re getting hats with trains on them. I also have two nieces, and, well, pretty stuff is easy. But I have three nephews and the youngest one is ten. They don’t want cute or funky – they want manly knits.
And so desperate times call for… new patterns.
Without further ado, I present my Top-Down No Math Hat: The Manly Version. (Hint: it’s pretty much the same pattern, without the YOs.)
Yarn: again, whatever you like. Any weight – truly doesn’t matter. About a hat’s worth (I do this by squishing it in my hand and seeing if it kinda feels like squishing a hat. As you can tell, I’m a bit cavalier with my knitting.)
Needles: whatever the label calls for, or a bit smaller. You can use dpns to start, then switch to a smallish (24”) circular, or you can stay on dpns throughout, or you can magic loop it.
Notions: a tapestry needle and a freewheeling attitude.
Pattern Note: what makes this pattern work is a particularly swish increase that I first found over at the awesomely wonderful TechKnitting: A very nearly invisible increase. Go take a look. When I use inc1 below, this is what I mean. Note that the inc1 should not “eat up” a st on your left hand needle. You should have the same number of st on your left hand needle before and after working the inc1, just as you would if you had worked a YO instead.
CO 6 st. Distribute evenly on 3 dpns, or use a magic loop. Join, being careful not to twist.
Row 1 (and all odd rows): k
Row 2: inc1, k1, repeat to end (12 st)
Row 4: inc1, k2, repeat to end (18 st)
Row 6: inc1, k3, repeat to end (24 st)
You see what I’m doing here, right? Increasing 6 st in every other row, lining up the yos increases to make pretty swirly lines manly, nearly invisible shaping. Notice that it totally looks like you’re doing K2togs from the other direction. Freaky!
If you want a less pointy hat, CO 8 st. The idea is the same as the above, only you’ll be increasing by 8 st every other row.
Row 1 (and all odd rows): k
Row 2: inc1, k1, repeat to end (16 st)
Row 4: inc1, k2, repeat to end (24 st)
Row 6: inc1, k3, repeat to end (32 st)
Are you not getting the right stitch count at the end of your rows? You might possibly be using the wrong increase. The one I link to above does not “eat up” a stitch, so if you start with 6 st, you’ll [incr1, k1] 6 times. If you start with 8 st, you’ll [incr1, k1] 8 times.
Continue in this manner until the circumference of your knitting is a little smaller (an inch less? Thereabouts?) than the circumference of the head you’re knitting for. (Still not planning to block. I’m as cavalier as ever.)
Row 23 (or whatever) and all odd rows thereforth: k
Keep knitting until you only have a few yards left, or until it looks like a hat. Then think about ribbing for a while. Or, if you prefer a rolled brim, just keep knitting. BO loosely. Sew in the ends.
It doesn’t look like much, does it? Nothing earth-shattering. But I will remind you: it is a hat with no math!