Bloom On! Hat Free Knitting Pattern

Designed by Terry Matz

in the bloom free hat knitting patternThis pretty hat is a fun variation on a rolled brim hat and a great way to use up stash yarn and odd balls. Instead of curling under, the rolled brim lies flat almost magically, thanks to a couple of rounds of purl stitches after the first few knit rounds. The knit flower is perfect for using up colorful oddball yarn you hated to throw away and is simple to knit. Although this pattern is written for bulky weight yarn it is easily adapted to any yarn weight – just modify the pattern to the gauge of the yarn.

See the end of the pattern for photos of variations with other yarns.

Materials

Yarn:
Color A: 90 yards, bulky weight.

Color B (band): 45 yards, bulky weight.
Color C (flower): 30 yards, fingering weight.

The example was knit with Hobby Lobby’s Yarn Bee Cameo Turquoise (Color A), Cameo Rose Quartz (Color B) and Featherwisp Sassy (Color C).

Button

Circular Needles, Size 10.5 US (6 mm), 16″ long.
I highly recommend Addi Turbo Knitting Needles.

Double point needles, Size 10.5 US, 6 mm. I recommend 7 Inch Clover Takumi Bamboo Premium Double Point Knitting Needles

Stitch Information

Gauge in stockinette stitch for Color A: 10 st = 3 in (7.5 cm)

Finished measurements: Hat body about 20″ (25cm) in circumference. 8.5″ (21cm) from cast-on edge to crown.

Increase or decrease in multiples of 8. You will need to adjust the decrease for your total number of stitches.

Hat Brim:

Cast on 73 stitches in Color A.

Rounds 1-2: Color A: Knit. (First round of hat only: Slip first stitch. Knit to last stitch. Knit last stitch with slipped first stitch, being careful not to twist the round. This will close the round and decrease one stitch. 72 st. Place stitch marker.)

Switch to Color B.
Round 3: Knit
Rounds 4-5: Purl

Switch to Color A.
Knit until piece is 2.5 in from cast-on edge.
Roll brim up if it isn’t rolling naturally. You should have about 7 rounds in the brim (2 color A, 3 color B, and 2 color A).

detail of free hat knitting pattern in bloom

Hat Band and Body:

Switch to Color B.
Round 1: Knit
Rounds 2-8: Purl

Switch to Color A.
Knit until hat is about 5.5 in from rolled edge.

Decrease:

Switch to double pointed needles (or continue with the circular needle as far as you comfortably can — for me until about round 6 — and then switch).

Round 1: *K6, K2tog. (63 st)
Round 2: Knit.
Round 3: *K5, K2tog. (56 st)
Round 4: Knit.
Round 5: *K4, K2tog. (45 st)
Round 6: Knit.
Round 7: *K3, K2tog. (36 st)
Round 8: Knit.
Round 9: *K2, K2tog. (27 st)
Round 10: Knit.
Round 11: *K2, K2tog. (18 st)
Round 12: Knit.
Round 13: *K2tog. (9 st)

Finishing the Body:

Cut the yarn leaving about 6″ tail. Using a tapestry needle, thread the tail through the remaining stitches. Pull stitches together tightly. Thread tail through hole in crown. Draw crown closed securely by pulling tail. Weave the tail and all other ends through stitches on wrong side.

Flower:

Cast on 80 stitches in Color C.

Knit until piece is about 1.5 in from cast on edge. (First round only: Slip first stitch. Knit to last stitch. Knit last stitch with slipped first stitch, being careful not to twist the round. This will close the round.)

Cut the yarn leaving about 12″ tail. Using a tapestry needle, thread the tail through the stitches. Pull stitches together tightly to form “flower”.

Secure the flower to the hat band using the tail.

Sew a button in the center of the flower using the remaining tail.

You can also download this pattern on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bloom-on-hat

Variations:

in-bloom-hat-v2a in-bloom-hat-v3

Author: Terry Matz

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