Last winter I was walking a lot and getting a really cold heat so I decided to knit myself a hat. I went to my favourite ever yarn shop in Woodbridge, sadly now closed, and got a lovely ball of rowan big wool. I like a hat made of natural fibres, they’re warm and snug and wash beautifully.
Anyway, for those wishing to make a hat like mine here is the pattern.
Big Wool Hat
1 ball (80m) of Rowan Big Wool, or any other Super Chunky yarn with a similar yardage
10mm Circular Knitting Needles
1 stitch marker
Large piece of cardboard to make the giant pompom
9 stitches and 16 rows over 4 inches.
Cast on 41 stitches using the long tail cast on method.
Join to knit in the round, placing marker at the start.
Knit 8 rounds in Moss stitch (k1, p1)
Knit 14 rounds in stocking stitch.
Decrease rows as follows
1. Knit 5 k2tog around the entire round apart from the last set of stitches where you will Knit 4 k2tog.
2. Knit 4 k2tog around the entire round apart from the last set of stitches where you will knit the remaining 5 stitches on the needle.
3. Knit 3 k2tog around the entire round.
4. Knit 2 k2tog around the entire round.
5. Knit 1 k2tog around the entire round.
6. K2tog around the entire round, there should be 6 stitches remaining.
Cut yarn and thread remaining stitches onto darning needle pulling tight to secure the top of the hat, darn in the end.
Using strong card cut a circle approximately 20cm in diameter (I drew around a dinner plate), cut a circle in the middle approximately 9cm in diameter.
Wrap as much yarn as you have left around the hoop to make a pompom.
Cut, trim and tidy the pompom and secure to the top of the hat.
Pop on your noggin and enjoy the warmth.