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Thank You Hats

Every now and then someone enters our lives to help us through a tough spot, to somehow give what we need when we need it. These hats are for those people! They express gratitude in the way that only something made with our own hands can. They say "Thank you. No, really... thank you."

The need for such a hat is upon me. I broke my foot last year, and since then, my physical therapist has become, not only the person I spend more time with than any other non-family member, but also my coach and cheerleader. And now that our time together is nearly up, words just don't seem enough to tell her how grateful I am. I hope a hand knit hat will take her through the winter knowing how appreciated she really is!

The Simple Rib Hat is sized for most women and some men and really only takes a few hours to whip up. Just one skein of Blue Sky's beautiful Worsted Hand Dyes makes an incredibly soft and cozy hat!

And the Big Rib Hat, which is sized for most men and some women, is made out of Swans Island's spectacular Worsted. One hundred percent organic merino wool, this yarn is special for its gorgeous all natural dyes and unbelievable softness.

Maybe for you it's a teacher who cared enough to recognize something special in your child; or a neighbor who watched your dog when you suddenly had to leave town for a week; or a nurse who brought laughter and hope to your parent through a difficult hospital stay. Whoever it is, a quick knit goes a long way!

Let us know who you want to thank; we'd love to know!

 

The Materials

For the Simple Rib Thank You Hat

For the Big Rib Thank You Hat

  • 1 skein of Swan's Island Worsted, 100% Organic Merino Wool. This color (shown on the right) is Charcoal. (NOTE: Some colors of Swans Island, including Charcoal, are dyed with natural indigo. It is inherent to these dyes that they will rub off a bit onto your hands and maybe wooden needles. Although indigo dyes are perfectly safe and easily wash off your hands, you may want to soak your skein in a cold white vinegar bath before you wind it into a ball.)
  • A US #6, 16-inch circular needle.
  • A set of US #6 double pointed needles.

 

Simple Rib Hat Pattern

Gauge

4 1/2 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette stitch

Finished Size

18 2/3 inches in circumference (to fit most women and some men)

Begin

With the Blue Sky Worsted and the US #8, 16-inch circular needle, cast on 84 stitches.

Place a marker and join for working in the round, being careful to not twist the stitches.

Round 1: *K5, p2, repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat Round 1 six more times.

Now knit every round until piece measures 6 inches from the cast on edge.

The Crown

Round 1: *Ssk, k1, k2tog, k16, repeat from * to end of round. 76 stitches

Round 2: Knit to last stitch, slip last stitch to the right needle, remove stitch marker, replace stitch to left needle, place marker on right needle.

Round 3: *Ssk, k1, k2tog, k14, repeat from * to end of round. 68 stitches

Round 4: Repeat Round 2.

Round 5: *Ssk, k1, k2tog, k12, repeat from * to end of round. 60 stitches

Round 6: Repeat Round 2.

Round 7: *Ssk, k1, k2tog, k10, repeat from * to end of round. 52 stitches

Round 8: Repeat Round 2.

Round 9: *Ssk, k1, k2tog, k8, repeat from * to end of round. 44 stitches

Round 10: Repeat Round 2.

Changing to double pointed needles...

Round 11: *Ssk, k1, k2tog, k6, repeat from * to end of round. 36 stitches

Round 12: Repeat Round 2.

Round 13: *Ssk, k1, k2tog, k4, repeat from * to end of round. 28 stitches

Round 14: Repeat Round 2.

Round 15: *Ssk, k1, k2tog, k2, repeat from * to end of round. 20 stitches

Round 16: Repeat Round 2.

Round 17: *Ssk, k1, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. 12 stitches

Cut a two foot tail and thread it through the remaining stitches. And to finish with a little tassel, follow our steps for Making a Tassel right here!

Weave in the ends and thank someone!

Big Rib Hat Pattern

Gauge

5 1/2 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette stitch

Finished Size

20 1/3 inches in circumference (to fit most men and some women)

The Cuff

With the Swan's Island Worsted and the US #6, 16-inch circular needle, cast on 112 stitches.

Place a marker and join for working in the round, being careful to not twist the stitches.

Round 1: *P5, k2, repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat Round 1 until piece measures 4 inches from cast on edge.

Next Round: Knit.

Next Round: *K5, p2, repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat last round until piece measures 8 inches from cast on edge.

Knit every round for 3 more inches.

The Crown

Round 1: *Ssk, k1, k2tog, k23, repeat from * to end of round. 104 stitches

Round 2: Knit to last stitch, slip last stitch to the right needle, remove stitch marker, replace stitch to left needle, place marker on right needle.

Round 3: *Ssk, k1, k2tog, k21, repeat from * to end of round. 96 stitches

Round 4: Repeat Round 2.

Round 5: *Ssk, k1, k2tog, k19, repeat from * to end of round. 88 stitches

Round 6: Repeat Round 2.

Round 7: *Ssk, k1, k2tog, k17, repeat from * to end of round. 80 stitches

Round 8: Repeat Round 2.

Round 9: *Ssk, k1, k2tog, k15, repeat from * to end of round. 72 stitches

Round 10: Repeat Round 2.

Round 11: *Ssk, k1, k2tog, k13, repeat from * to end of round. 64 stitches

Round 12: Repeat Round 2.

Round 13: *Ssk, k1, k2tog, k11, repeat from * to end of round. 56 stitches

Round 14: Repeat Round 2.

Round 15: *Ssk, k1, k2tog, k9, repeat from * to end of round. 48 stitches

Round 16: Repeat Round 2.

Changing to double pointed needles...

Round 17: *Ssk, k1, k2tog, k7, repeat from * to end of round. 40 stitches

Round 18: Repeat Round 2.

Round 19: *Ssk, k1, k2tog, k5, repeat from * to end of round. 32 stitches

Round 20: Repeat Round 2.

Round 21: *Ssk, k1, k2tog, k3, repeat from * to end of round. 24 stitches

Round 22: Repeat Round 2.

Round 23: *Ssk, k1, k2tog, k1, repeat from * to end of round. 16 stitches

Cut an 8-inch tail and thread it through the remaining stitches. Bring the tail to the inside of the hat and weave it in. Weave in the cast on tail to the k5, p2 side of the cuff (remember that it will be folded up and the "right side" will be the "wrong side"!).

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61 Responses to Thank You Hats


  1. Jessica says:

    Hi Whitney,

    I have a question that seems really dumb but I can't find an answer to it… I want to knit a hat for myself, and my head is about 23 inches around. All of the hat patterns I see call for a 16 inch circular needle, which seems like it will be too small to fit my head. But maybe I'm wrong. What size needles should I be using for my poor cold head?!

    Thanks!

  2. purl bee says:

    Hi Jessica,

    I love that you asked that question because so many people new to circular needles have the same one but are afraid to ask! It's a perfectly logical question with a difficult to explain answer…

    My best answer is that you can fit many more stitches on 16 inches than you can fabric. For example, you can fit over a hundred worsted weight stitches on a 16-inch needle, which when they're knit would create a hat, say, 25 inches in circumference.

    So, in the world of circular needles, you almost always use a needle length quite a bit shorter than the circumference of the thing you're knitting (unless you're using the magic loop method, which is a whole other story!).

    Thanks so much for your question and good luck with your hat!

    Whitney

  3. Beck says:

    I knit this hat as a gift and i forgot to soak the yarn in vinegar first. If i do it now will the hat shrink? After the vinegar do i rinse it with something to take away the vinegar smell?

  4. Mary says:

    Hello-
    I am knitting the Big Rib hat with Ella rae. It's been in the single digits in the mid west so the 4 inch cuff in super wooly yarn is very appealing! My question is about soaking and blocking. Because I'm using Ella rae, I want to soften the fibers a little. When I lay the hat flat to dry, should I fold the cuff up and shape the hat or leave it down to dry?

  5. purl bee says:

    Hi Beck,

    No, your hat won't shrink if you soak it in a warm vinegar bath. And you can remove the vinegar smell by doing a second soak in a very gentle soap (like Soak: http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/10-knitting-crochet-notions-tools?filters=862).

    Great question! Please let us know if you have others and good luck!

    Whitney

  6. Lois says:

    I am confused about the decreases for the Big Rib hat. When I completed the first decrease row I had 8 stitches remaining on the needles. I tore the row out thinking I had miscounted. Do I just follow the pattern for those 8 stitches? I am working with 112 stitches. Thanks…I love knitting this hat.

  7. purl bee says:

    Hi Mary,

    Since the cuff naturally folds at the place where the ribbing changes to stockinette, it would be fine (and faster) to block the hat completely flat, but if you'd like to "train" the cuff into place even more, you could also choose to block the hat with the cuff folded. It will just take longer to dry!

    Thanks for asking and I hope your hat keeps you toasty through this cold spell!

    Whitney

  8. purl bee says:

    Hi Lois,

    I'm not sure I'm understanding the situation… Are you saying that in Round 1 of the Crown section you went from 112 stitches to 8 stitches? Round 1 should decrease your stitch count by 8, bringing you down to a total of 104 stitches. Are you sure you knit 23 stitches between each set of decreases?

    If you're still having problems, please let us know more about what's going on so we can help you fix it better!

    Whitney

  9. Ashley says:

    Can you clarify the simple rib hat pattern? In a comment above, you mention casting on 98 stitches to make it a little larger and then you say to k2tog twice in the first round of stockinette. But in the pattern, there is no mention of knit row, purl row…only knit rounds for six inches. Can you please clarify if the rows are supposed to be stockinette or just knit in the round for six inches? I am stuck until I hear back from you! Thank you!

  10. purl bee says:

    Hi Ashley,

    Both! When you knit in the round, you create stockinette stitch by knitting every stitch of every round. Since you never turn the piece to work with wrong side facing you, you never have to purl!

    I hope this gets you on the right path. Please let us know if you have any more questions and good luck!

    Whitney

  11. Diffused says:

    Just finished this March 6, 2014. I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Prussian Blue. I used size 6 needes@ 5 spi. Exactly two skeins were used. It is extremely stretchy so it should fit most. It was quick and looks beautiful. Thank you for the pattern.

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