I’m a free style cook and a free style crafter. I might spend hours poring over recipes books and instructions on the internet but once I get into the kitchen or the sewing room I like to put away the printed word. I’m being creative and there’s little time for reading, cognition or sequencing. I’m in free flow, wild and doing-my-thing.
But I have to confess knitting has confounded me. Beyond the stocking stitch scarf or blanket squares there isn’t much I can knit without a pattern. So there I sit awkwardly balancing wool, needles, pattern, notebook, post-its and pen in a desperate attempt to keep up with the instructions. This knitting language with its endless counting and impenetrable abbreviations, brackets and asterisk is the closest thing to algebra I ever do these days and frankly its tiring.
So I decided I need to extend my repertoire of patternless garments and in the name of free style knitting I introduce to you the’ two hour baby hat’.
The aim of this pattern is to make the instructions so simple you won’t need to keep referring back to the pattern because it is logical and simple to remember.
This hat took a little under two hours to make. You will need some 4 ply yarn (choose something with a little wool in it, please), knitting needles size 3.25mm/10UK/3USA and a darning needle to sew the seam. You will need to be able to cast on, knit, purl and knit two stitches together to make a decrease.
NB. This pattern is extremely easy.
Cast on 88 stitches
Working in knit one, purl one rib complete 8 rows (or 1 1/2 cm) of rib
Continue working in stocking stitch (knit a row, purl a row) until the work measures 9cm in all
Work decrease row one on a knit row: knit 9, knit two stitches together, repeat to the end of the row
Purl a row
Following decrease rows: work decrease on every knit row according to the following pattern,
- Decrease row two: knit 8, knit two together, repeat to the end of the row
- Decrease row 3: knit 7, knit two together, repeat to the end of the row
- Decrease row 4: knit 6, knit two together, repeat to the end of the row …
Continue this decrease pattern until you have eight stitches left
Thread remaining stitches onto a needle and pull up tight
Complete the hat by sewing the side edge seam
This pattern can easily be adapted for the magic loop, in which case there will be no seam.
Check out Youtube for videos of any techniques you are unsure of.