A Tweed Hat

 

As the rain quickly melts last week’s snow away the promise of more still lingers. For future cold days I designed Jason a thick and chunky hat with a folded brim for extra warmth. He works outside at a local airport near the water where he wears the simple blue hat I made for him last winter. It’s becoming rather worn and only half covers his ears so I thought it was time to make another.

There’s something beautiful about a Berroco Blackstone Tweed hand knit. The subtle flecks of tweed and a soft angora bloom makes for a perfect cozy winter hat.

Supplies: 2.5 balls of Berroco Blackstone Tweed Chunky in Steamers # 6602 (50m/66y per 50g ball – 65% wool 25% mohair & 10% angora)

Gauge: 13sts/4″ in stockinette

Needles: 5mm/8us (brim)& 6mm/10us 16″ Circular needles & double pointed needles

Size: To fit a man’s 24 inch head (this can be easily adjusted to fit a smaller head by either choosing a lighter weight of yarn or casting on less stitches. Just be sure to adjust your rib count and needle sizes accordingly).

Here’s what I did:

Cast on 70 stitches with smaller needles and join in the round.

Knit 5, Purl 5 to end of round. Repeat until brim measures 3 inches from cast on edge.

Switch to larger needles, knit until it measures 8 or so inches from cast on edge. (If making it for a smaller head I would suggest stopping a bit sooner.)

Decreases: (switch to double pointed needles when necessary)

Round 1: (K 8, K2tog) repeat to end of round.

Round 2: Knit.

Round 3: (K 7, K2tog) repeat to end of round.

Round 4: Knit.

Round 5: (K 6, K2tog) repeat to end of round.

Round 6: Knit.

Round 7: (K 5, K2tog) repeat to end of round.

Round 8: Knit.

Round 9: (K 4, K2tog) repeat to end of round.

Round 10: Knit.

Round 11: (K 3, K2tog) repeat to end of round.

Round 12: Knit.

Round 13: (K 2, K2tog) repeat to end of round.

Round 14: Knit.

Round 15: (K 1, K2tog) repeat to end of round.

Round 16: (K2tog) repeat to end of round.

Finishing:

Cut yarn leaving an 8 inch tail. Thread the yarn through the remaining stitches, pulling tight and securing in place on the wrong side. Weave in ends. Block if desired.