New Year's Day required a quick and easy knit to get my 2013 knitting off to a flying start. There is nothing like finishing a project to inspire me to investigate all the unfinished objects that are lurking around the house. (More about these later in the year) When I was 7 I had a pair of mittens knitted in "rainbow wool". I still adore multi coloured yarns, and chose some Cygnet Seriously Chunky in Macaw for this first project of the year. I've called the pattern "A hat and a half" because it will certainly get you noticed, but there are some tamer prints and self coloured yarns in the Cygnet Seriously Chunky range if you don't feel so bold.
To knit this hat you will need:- 1pair 10mm knitting needles
2 100g balls of Cygnet Seriously Chunky
Sewing needle with a very large eye
Cast on 44 stitches.
Continue in Knit 2 purl2 rib until the work measures 8"
Knit 10 rows stocking stitch.
Row 1: knit 2 together until the end of the row (22 stitches)
Row 2: purl
Row 3 Knit 2 together until the end of the row (11 stitches)
Row 4: purl
Row 4: Knit 2 together until the last stitch, knit 1 (6 stitches)
Leaving a sufficient length to sew up the seam, cut off the yarn, thread it through the remaining stitches and fasten off.
Sew up the seam, remembering to have the seam of the rib on the outside of the hat, as this is what will be seen when the hat is worn.
Fold the ribbing over twice and your hat is ready to be worn.
There will be just enough yarn left over for a pom pom, but only if you feel really bold.