Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Easy Knit Charity Hats for Women

I make these easy to knit hats for myself, my family, and to donate to various charities. I’ve made the instructions as simple as I could and included information on how to make small, medium, and large hats just by changing the knitting needle size.

I use medium worsted yarn. Red Heart’s Super Saver yard works great, as well as many other brands of worsted weight yarn.

YARN: Medium (4) worsted yarn.

NEEDLES: Size 7 (4.5 mm) makes a small. Size 8 (5 mm) makes a medium. Size 9 (5.5 mm) makes a large.

Cast on 70, leaving a long tail (about 12 inches) for sewing up the seam.

Begin with the hat’s brim.

Row 1: Knit 1, Purl 1 across.

Knit row 1 six times (6 rows total).

For the body of the hat, knit every row until the hat measures 9 to 10 inches in height.

Bind off and leave a long tail (about 12 inches) for closing the top of the hat.

To put the hat together, lay it out on a flat surface. Bring right sides together so that the wrong sides are facing out. This is important if you made a striped hat with leftover yarns. Pin side edges together (if you need to), making sure the knit rows are matching. Sew up the side of the hat, starting at the brim. Knot at end to hold the seam.

Use the bind off tail to weave in and out of the last row. Pull tight to gather the hat's top and knot in place. Weave in the ends and turn right side out.

Pompoms can be made from extra yarn and attached to the tops, if desired.

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