Maker Monday Hat (free pattern!)

JANUARY 30, 2016: This pattern has been completely reworked to be much simpler and much clearer in its instruction and construction. As always, let me know if you have any questions or notice any errors!

Introducing the #makermonday hat!  There’s a pattern down below, so bear with me for a bit of a long-winded update beforehand.  :)

(Oh, and FYI, this post ended up being a lot longer than I had planned, so if you’re just here for the pattern, scroll down a ways and you’ll find it.)

It’s no huge shocker for me to say that I love making things.  I find such joy in creating something with my own two hands, and I don’t think there’s anything quite like it in the world.  You just created something that didn’t exist yesterday?  Whaaaa?  Equating it to having a child would probably be the most ridiculous comparison in the world, but I’m gonna do it anyway - everything I make is a little part of me, and so I tend to think of everything I make as my baby.  (God, I can’t even imagine how this is making me sound!)  I personally think that everyone should have at least one hobby that requires them to use their hands - I’m sure it would make a lot of people more appreciative of the little things in this technology-laden, non-DIY life!  (Don’t get me wrong, though -  technology is super awesome, too, especially if it allows me to share my love of making with all of you!)

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I’m a member of an online maker community called Kollabora.  It’s different than other knitting sites I’ve experienced because it’s way more community-based and sharing-friendly.  You can follow other makers, comment on and “heart” their projects, as well as make collections of the things you like.  There’s not a million members like some other crafting communities, so you really get the feeling that the people who see your projects appreciate them.  It’s also not solely focused on knitting and crocheting, but rather ANY kind of making: sewing, quilting, embroidery, painting, drawing, paper crafting, upcycling, jewelry-making, pottery, basket weaving - you name it, it’s there.  It’s awesome, and it’s so inspiring to see the things everyone makes because then I want to do them ALL.

and / here / are / some / links / to / a / collection / of / my / favorite / projects / so / far

I’d heard about the idea of Maker Monday before and have seen other crafters post their creations on social media sites with the tag #makermonday, but it’s never been something that I’ve really participated in, mostly because I never even knew that it was a thing to participate in.  Maker Monday?  How about Maker Every Day of the Week?  I don’t really need an excuse to make something, but it is still nice to know that there is a day within the maker/crafter community that is dedicated solely to the art of creation.

When I saw on the Kollabora blog that they were hosting their own Maker Monday, I knew I would participate.  So when I got an email from them reminding everyone, I whipped up this hat, the #makermonday hat - because why not use a hashtag?

So, without further ado, the pattern for the #makermonday hat!  It’s a beginner level hat, but sometimes those are the best.  They take no time at all and they’re super customizable.  I’m writing out the instructions based on how I knit mine up, and 54 stitches was a good size for my somewhat larger head.  Altering the number of stitches will change the pattern, so if you want a smaller/bigger hat, go down/up a needle size after considering your gauge.

I’m not an experienced pattern writer, so if you notice any errors, or something isn’t working for you, let me know, and I’d be happy to fix the error and/or help you out.

MATERIALS:
Size 8 circular needles, 16 or 24 inches
Size 11 circular needles, 16 or 24 inches
Size 11 double-pointed needles (for decreases OR long circular needles if you prefer magic loop)
Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky, one skein each in Fisherman (A) and Nantucket (B), or any bulky weight yarn
1 stitch marker
Tapestry needle

Note: The sample shown is knit using size 11 needles for the brim, instead of the now suggested size 8. I realized after knitting that I preferred a more fitted brim and reduced the needle size accordingly. 

GAUGE:
Using larger needles, 8 stitches x 12 rows = 3 inches

DIRECTIONS:
Using color A & smaller needles, cast on 54 stitches.
Join in the round, being careful not to twist stitches, and place stitch marker to indicate beginning of round
Begin a K1P1 ribbing, continuing until desired brim length

Switch to larger needles.
Row 1: Knit one row around using A
Row 2: Knit one row around using B

When knitting anything in the round with thinner stripes, it can sometimes get frustrating to see that the stripes don’t line up at the color changes, and instead create an annoying zig-zag type look called a "jog" in the back. Here's a fix to create a jogless transition:

When you reach the end of your round and and are back to the first stitch of the new color (i.e. the first stitch in the next round) instead of changing colors and knitting as normally, pick up the stitch below the stitch you are about to knit (this will be a stitch of the previous color/the color you are about to start knitting with), put it on your left needle, and knit it together with the original first stitch of the round. From here, continue knitting as you would, and do this at the beginning of every round with a color change.

This is MUCH easier & cleaner than the technique I originally had in this pattern. I have to credit Stephanie Pearl-McPhee for this one, though! I rarely knit stripes in the round and didn't have a better technique until I happened across her Tiptoe Through the Tulips sock pattern. I'm sure this is a well-known technique, but it's new to me! Thanks, Stephanie!

And, as with mostly all color changes, pull your new yarn under and around your working yarn, or otherwise there will be a hole in your knitting.  Learned this the hard way, unfortunately.  #wompwomp

Repeat these two rows 10 more times or until you reach your desired slouchiness, ending with a color B round. Continue with the decrease rounds, moving to double-pointed needles (or to longer circular needles, for the magic loop-inclined) when necessary.

Decrease round 1: with A, (k6 k2tog) twice, k5 k2tog, (k6 k2tog) three times, k5 k2tog - 47 sts
Decrease round 2: with B, knit all stitches
Decrease round 3: with A, (k5 k2tog) twice, k4 k2tog, (k5 k2tog) three times, k4 k2tog - 40 sts
Decrease round 4: with B, knit all stitches
Decrease round 5: with A, (k4 k2tog) twice, k3 k2tog, (k4 k2tog) three times, k3 k2tog - 33 sts
Decrease round 6: with B, knit all stitches
Decrease round 7: with A, (k3 k2tog) twice, k2 k2tog, (k3 k2tog) three times, k2 k2tog - 26 sts
Decrease round 8: with B, (k2 k2tog) twice, k1 k2tog, (k2 k2tog) three times, k1 k2tog - 19 sts
Decrease round 9 : STILL with B, (k1 k2tog) twice, k2, (k1 k2tog) three times, k2 - 14 sts

Cut your yarn, leaving about 8 inches, and weave it through the remaining stitches twice.  Pull tight, and weave in ends.

POM-POM
I used a pom-pom maker, but if you don’t have one, here are a couple of tutorials to show you how to make a pom-pom without one:

using your hands / using cardboard

Both are simple.  Using your hands takes less time and less materials (and is better if you don’t have any cardboard) but use what’s best for you! But forreals, if you make a lot of hats and a lot of pom-poms (and pom-poms are awesome, in my opinion), you should invest in a pom-pom maker.  You can get one inexpensively (gotta use those coupons!), and they’re super helpful and way quicker.

When you’re done making the pom-pom, don’t cut short the yarn you used to tighten around the pom.  This is the yarn you will use to attach if to the hat, since attaching new yarn to a pom-pom is hell.  To attach it, use your tapestry needle and insert each strand about 2 rounds from the top on either side and tie the strands together. Weave in the ends and you’re done!

Ta-daaaa!  #makermonday hat complete!  If you make one, I’d love to see it - and then you should make a Kollabora account and post it there.  :)

Prefer a PDF version of this pattern? Look no further than this link right here!

And here’s the link to the pattern on Ravelry.

© Maggie McGuire, 2013
Feel free to make this hat to give as a gift or to sell. If selling through an online retailer, please credit me as the designer.
Have questions or notice any errors? Leave a comment or email me at msquaredknits [at!] gmail [dot] com.
Like this pattern? Check out my other ones here.

DON’T BUY, DIY image courtesy of Kollabora