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Super Soft Merino Hats for Everyone!

I love the boisterous song that the colors of Super Soft Merino sing together, like the refrain that a group of merry hikers might belt out through a snow-covered forest!

And what better way to have some fun with color than to knit up a whole gaggle of hats? Looking at them all together, I imagine a lollipop shop where all the surfaces are white and all the lollipops bob around with their candy bright heads!

On Christmas morning, when all the wrapping paper is off these hats, I love that my whole family will be left with the same happy thoughts as I'm having now. What good cheer and warm feelings to bring to a holiday gathering!

Of course, an added bonus is that nothing's faster to knit than a hat, and one that knits up at three stitches to the inch is, well, even faster! Purl Soho's new Super Soft Merino is the perfect yarn to get the job done. Decadently soft, prettily spun, and wonderfully toasty, it is one heck of a beautiful hat yarn! -Whitney

 

The Materials

  • Purl Soho's Super Soft Merino, 100% merino wool, 87 yards per skein. I used the colors Heirloom White, Oyster Gray, Super Pink, Red Zinnia, Clementine Orange, Yellow Yellow, Extra Green, Desert Sky, Peacock Blue and Timeless Navy. And here's how much Super Soft Merino each hat requires:
  • Baby - about 36 yards
  • Toddler - about 47 yards
  • Kid - about 58 yards
  • Women's - about 69 yards
  • Men's - about 80 yards

 

The Pattern

Gauge

3 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette stitch

Finished Sizes

Baby (Toddler, Kid, Women's, Men's)

12 (14, 16, 18, 20) inches in circumference

6 (6 3/4, 7 1/2, 8 1/4, 9) inches high

Note

This pattern includes one basic hat pattern (in five sizes), and four different ideas for stripes and color blocks. You can knit any size hat in any color design, or of course, it's always fun to come up with your own color story!

 

Basic Hat Pattern

SHOWN ABOVE: Baby hat in Extra Green and Women's hat in Super Pink.

THE CUFF

Cast 36 (42, 48, 54, 60) stitches onto the circular needles.

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

Round 1: *K3, p3, repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat Round 1 four (4, 5, 5, 6) more times.

THE BODY

Knit every round until piece measures 4 1/2 (5, 5 1/2, 6, 6 1/2) inches from the cast one edge.

THE CROWN

  • Baby: start the crown with Round 9
  • Toddler: start with Round 7
  • Kid: start with Round 5
  • Women's: start with Round 3
  • Men's: start with Round 1

Round 1: *K8, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (54 stitches)

Round 2: Knit.

Round 3: *K7, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (48 stitches)

Round 4: Knit.

Round 5: *K6, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (42 stitches)

Round 6: Knit.

Round 7: *K5, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (36 stitches)

Round 8: Knit.

Changing to double pointed needles...

Round 9: *K4, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (30 stitches)

Round 10: *K3, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (24 stitches)

Round 11: *K2, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (18 stitches)

Round 12: *K1, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (12 stitches)

Round 13: *K2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (6 stitches)

Cut the tail and thread it through the remaining stitches. Weave it into the inside of the hat. Weave in the other ends and you're done!

 

One Stripe Hat

SHOWN ABOVE: Baby hat in Heirloom White and Desert Sky; and Kid hat in Oyster Gray and Yellow Yellow.

Following the Basic Hat Pattern (above)...

With Color A, cast on and knit the cuff . Cut Color A.

With Color B, knit to 1/4 inch of crown. Cut Color B.

With Color A, knit 1 round and then knit the crown.

 

Three Stripes Hat

SHOWN ABOVE: Kid hat in Oyster Gray, Clementine Orange and Red Zinnia; and Men's hat in Heirloom White, Peacock Blue and Timeless Navy.

Following the Basic Hat Pattern (above)...

With Color A, knit the cuff and the body until piece measures 2 (2 1/4, 2 1/2, 2 3/4, 3) inches from the cast one edge. Cut Color A.

With Color B, continue to knit the body for 2 (2 1/4, 2 1/2, 2 3/4, 3) more inches. Cut Color B.

With Color C, knit 1 round, then knit the crown.

 

Pinstripe Hat

SHOWN ABOVE: Toddler hat in Heirloom White and Extra Green; and Men's hat in Heirloom White and Clementine Orange

Following the Basic Hat Pattern (above)...

With Color A, knit the cuff.

*With Color A, knit 2 rounds.

With Color B, knit 1 round.

Repeat from * to end of hat.

 

Rainbow Stripe Hat

SHOWN ABOVE: Toddler hat in Oyster Gray with Red Zinnia, Clementine Orange, Yellow Yellow, Extra Green and Peacock Blue; Women's hat in Heirloom White with Red Zinnia, Super Pink, Desert Sky, Peacock Blue and Timeless Navy

Following the Basic Hat Pattern (above)...

With Color A, knit the cuff.

Still with Color A, knit 3 (3, 3, 4, 4) rounds.

With Color B, knit 1 round.

*With Color A, knit 2 (3, 4, 4, 5) rounds.

With Color C, knit 1 round.

Changing colors for each stripe, repeat from * to end of hat.

Here's where to start the crown shaping for each size hat:

  • Baby: Start crown shaping with the Color F (5th) stripe.
  • Toddler: After the Color E (4th) stripe, knit 1 round with Color A. Next round, start crown shaping.
  • Kid: Start crown shaping with the Color E (4th) stripe
  • Women's: Knit Color E (4th) stripe. Next round, start crown shaping.
  • Men's: After the Color D (3rd) stripe, knit 2 rounds with Color A. Next round, start crown shaping.

Remember to maintain the stripe pattern as you knit the crown!

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56 Responses to Super Soft Merino Hats for Everyone!


  1. purl bee says:

    Hi Janet-

    The best way to print and save our patterns is to copy and paste just the text and photos you need into a Word or Text doc and save/ print from there.

    Thanks for your kind words about the site and good luck with the hats!

    Molly

  2. Kitty says:

    I have a question about any of these Super Soft Merino Hats with a single stripe color change. Are the stripes jogless at the start of each round, or do you see the stripe color change? I tried to do a jogless method, but I don’t really like how it turned out (even after blocking). Do you have any recommendations on a method for knitting a jogless, single stripe? Thank you! Kitty

    • Whitney from the Purl Bee says:

      Hi Kitty,

      No, these hats don’t use a technique for jogless striping. I have never found a wholly satisfying jogless method and so always opt for the jog, feeling that it is what it is!

      Other tips: You may want to check out our Stripes in the Round Tutorial to make sure you’re properly carrying the yarns up the inside of the hat. It’s right here: http://www.purlbee.com/2008/03/09/stripes-in-the-round/ And also, if you can’t stand the jog but can’t find a good technique, sometimes the simple solution is blocking. When you block stripes (especially single round stripes) that have a jog you can sometimes shift the stripes into alignment.

      Thanks so much for your question and please let us know if you have any others!

      Whitney

  3. Katerina Kuntz-Tadda says:

    I love these hats and the yarn! I’m an uber-beginner to knitting, and am confused about how to switch to the double pointed needles. Is it necessary? If so, any suggestions on how to go about it or where I might look to find out? Thank you so much! Katerina

    • Whitney from the Purl Bee says:

      Hi Katerina,

      It becomes necessary to switch to the double pointed needles when you’re decreasing stitches at the top of the hat and there become so few that they can’t reach around the circumference of the circular needle. You’ll know it when you see it!

      What you’ll do at that point is drop the right hand end of the circular needle and use a double pointed needle to knit the first 1/3 of the stitches, then you’ll drop that needle and use a second double pointed needle to knit the second 1/3 of the stitches, drop that needle and use a third double pointed needle to knit the final 1/3 of the stitches. You should now have all of the stitches on three double pointed needles. Now, use a fourth double pointed needle to knit the stitches off the first needle, use that newly freed needle to knit the stitches off the second needle, and on and on, around and around!

      For more in-depth instruction on using double pointed needles, visit our Double Pointed Needle Tutorial here: http://www.purlbee.com/2008/07/25/double-pointed-needles/

      I hope this gets you on the right path! Please let us know if you have any other questions and thanks for this one!

      Whitney

  4. blanche says:

    love your web site thanks for patterns see you real soon

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