Friday, January 29, 2010

flat football (hat 27) - orig Fri., 1/29/2010 - updated 10/14/2013

I learned a double-hat method from one of the ladies at Saint Francis Knitters. She brought in a double hat that every one loves. When you pull the layers apart, it looks like a flattened football or something alien. Push one hat into the other and you have a double-layered, reversible hat.

Flat football or alien
Gray, cuff down
Gray with burgundy cuff
Burgundy, cuff down
Burgundy with gray cuff

Yarn: LEADER, 100% acrylic
(I have a LOT of this yarn in 5 or 6 colors.) I bought it for a song for a project that never came to fruition. So, I'll be making a LOT of hats from the LEADER yarn. It's good yarn and I'm happy to be able to use up a HUNDRED skeins of it or so! :-)
[OK, maybe that's the tiniest bit of exaggeration. But not much!]

To do: Cast on with waste yarn and make one knit-a-cap type hat.
When it is complete, turn it over, take out the waste yarn, and pick up the stitches. Make a second knit-a-cap hat in the opposite direction. All KNITS are on the outside; all purls are hidden away on the inside. Do any darning of ends before doing the decreases on the top of the second hat. Once you close up the top of the second hat, there is no going back!

Here's another take on this same kind of hat by Dawn Adcock. LINK

I think Elizabeth Zimmermann's book "Knitting Around" has A Very Warm Hat that is also a double-layer hat. I haven't looked at that book in a long time so don't hold it against me if I don't have the details quite right.

Check out this link (link) to see someone else's "Very Warm Hat" with a really pretty design! I'd love to do that, but not when I'm striving to do a hat a day!

update 10/14/2013:
Here's a way to do a double-layered hat with merely stockinette stitch in a tube. Nothing fancy. Nothing difficult. Just a whole bunch'o'stockinette stitch. Probably best done on a machine, or in front of a really riveting long movie! Maybe even in front of a "Big Bang Theory" marathon. :-)
That hat can also serve as a scarf. Interesting, eh? Ingenuity and simplicity. Very clever indeed.

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Crochet Basic Roll-Brimmed Hat

From 310 Hats

Worsted weight yarn
I hook (5 mm)

  • Chain 2
  • 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook. Place marker in last stitch.
  • 2 sc in each sc (12). Move marker.
  • (1 sc in first stitch, 2 sc in next stitch), repeat around (18 sc). Move marker.
  • (2 sc in each of first 2 sts, 2 sc in next stitch), repeat around (24 sc). Move marker.
  • (3 sc in ea of first 3 sts, 2 sc in next stitch), repeat around (30 sc). Move marker.
  • Continue in this manner for 13 or 14 rounds (increasing the number of scs before the increase by 1 each round) until your radius is about 3", diameter about 6", and circumference about 18". (78 scs or 84 scs). This should make a nice flat disc, which is the hat top.
  • Work even without increasing. It will start making a bowl shape. Continue even until the depth is about 6". It needs to be long enough and and big enough around to cover a Kindergarten-age child's head and ears.
  • To create a rolled brim, increase the stitches by 50%: (1 sc, 2 sc in next stitch) repeat around.
  • Work a few rounds even.
  • Slip stitch around to give a nice tight, neat edge.
  • Cut yarn. Work in ends.
  • If the hat is too "airy", you can weave colored yarns through the stitch spaces. Colored yarns will be very decorative.