The knook is a new tool I picked up at the craft store (available at michaels, joann, hobby lobby) and I wanted a nice easy hat pattern that is customizable. well I couldn't find a free one so HERE YA GO.
The knook is a crochet hook with a long cord attached on the end. to make the fabric you do a crochet motion (actually like tunisan or afghan stitch) but the fabric is definitely knit. for more help on the actual use there are a ton of helpful videos. this project only uses the basic knit stitch.
here is the knook website : http://www.leisurearts.com/products/knook-beginner-set-for-medium-weight-yarn.html
first the brim. just use the nook as a crochet hook here. (I used the one marked size H).
crochet a chain of 7 stitches (more if you want more ribbing) and work back and forth on these stitches using single crochet in the back loop only.
this creates the ribbing on the bottom of your hat.
periodically measure your strip until you reach the desired length. remember this is stretchy so you should comfortably stretch it to your head circumference. This particular hat for my son is 17 inches unstretched and 21 stitches comfortably stretched.
(hats generally run 21 inches small child, 22 inches big kid/teen, 23 inches adult. but I can stick my mom sized head in this one too it is that stretchy.)
when you have reached your desired length, you need to fold your strip in half and crochet the ends together (without twisting the strip.)
I did this by holding the ends together and working a row of single crochet across.
now you have your round band (check size now if you can just to be sure it is comfy and not too tight! a little loose cuts down on hat-hair.
go around your piece and pick up one stitch per crochet row, then start knooking around like crazy. keep working circular, not back and forth. again if you are new to the knook, check out the youtube videos.
here you can see my 2 row stripe pattern. this works up really fast!
get ready to start decreasing when your hat is this tall:
height from brim: child 7 1/2", big kid/small adult 8 1/2", large aduly 9", but for that super trendy slouchy effect go an extra inch or more.
so you can use any decreasing method you want, but to get this cool spiral you gotta do it really evenly. use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of your round.
first decrease round: decrease evenly to get a multiple of six stitches on your knook
knook one round even.
all other decrease rounds: decrease 6 stitches evenly around each round.
(example: for 72 stitches --
1st round: knit 10, knit 2 together around.
2nd round: knit 9, knit 2 together around.
3: knit 8, knit 2 together around
and so on until you have just 12 or 6 stitches left on the knook)
cut yarn and thread end with a yarn needle then go through the remaining stitches a couple times with that yarn needle and pull it closed. weave in ends.
you are done! look at that dimple. you could plant a potato in there.
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