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Note: If you’re new to knitting, these instructions may be intimidating, but please be assured that this hat is very simple to make, and is a good project for beginning knitters. Please email me if you need any clarification (or encouragement), and please also let me know if you find any mistakes or obscurities in these instructions. Please also let me know if you’re having a hard time finding the exact shades from the TV show. My email address is email@example.com.
Materials: orange yarn, yellow yarn, and red yarn, about 150 grams total (about one skein each for most yarns). Thick, virgin wool is the best.
4” of cardboard or sheet of plastic and scissors--or a 2” pom-pom mold.
8 ringed things to mark your place (optional; you can also just keep track in your head).
Gauge: 3 stitches per inch.
Recommended Needle size: This depends on your yarn and your own style of knitting. I used a size 10, but yours may be different. If you can’t get the gauge above no matter what you try (the stitches are very big), try knitting two strands of yarn together as if they were one—this will increase the bulk. You can also do an entirely different gauge if it looks okay, but you will need to change the number of stitches listed in the instructions below—please email me if you need help.
The basic hat.
1. Cast on 56 stitches using a circular needle (if your gauge is different, make sure the number of stitches you end up using is divisible by 7). Please note the hat will look unbelievably big at this stage, but be assured that it will tighten up as you go on.
2. Join the ends together, being careful not to end up with a Moebius strip.
3. Put a marker on your needle at the beginning of the row. Do a single rib (knit one, purl one) for
4. Stop doing the rib. From here on, do a straight stocking stitch (knit stitches only). Knit for about 3.5 inches.
5. Cut off the orange yarn, leaving a tail of about 5 inches.
6. Pick up your yellow yarn, leaving a tail of about 5 inches.
7. Tie the two ends together loosely on the inside of the hat and weave in the ends. (You can also leave this step to do once you’ve finished the hat. Until you do it you’ll have a hole here, but don’t let it worry you.)
8. Knit another 3.5 inches with the yellow in stocking stitch.
9. Decreasing: knit one round, counting as you go. Place a marker every eighth stitch (If you have a different number of stitches than given here, just divide by seven and place the markers at those points). Knit another round. This time, knit two stitches together before each marker. Continue to knit two together before each marker until you have seven stitches left. Remove the markers.
10. Bind off: pull one stitch over the other, taking it off the needle. Do this to every stitch until one remains. Cut your yarn, leaving a tail of about seven inches or so, and pull it through this stitch.
1. Lay the hat flat. Measure it, and divide that measurement by two. (You can also just eyeball it.) This will give you the width of each earflap. For mine, it was five inches—fifteen stitches per earflap. (Best to mark them both out now so that they line up right.)
2. Pick up the stitches from the first row of the inside of the hat.
3. Do plain stocking stitch (so that the side facing out is all knitted stitches) for four inches—or to the bottom of the wearer’s nose. The sides of the earflaps should curl in.
4. Decrease: knit (purl for those on the back) two stitches together on each side of the earflap, each row. Stop when you have three stitches left on the needle.
5. Now we have to make the three danging strings. Knit one, then make a loop of about six inches—hold it with your thumb while you knit the second stitch. Bind off, leaving a tail of about three inches. Cut the loop in half. Tie all the hanging strings together so they don’t unravel and cut them off at about two or three inches.
If you know how to do a pom-pom, just skip this—I have nothing new to report. You can also buy a pom-pom maker in most craft stores.
1. Use a glass or compass or whatever to make two cardboard (or plastic) circles of 2 inches in diameter. Then make a one inch hole in the center of each.
2. Measure out about three yards of each color. Thread all three through a tapestry needle. (This is optional—it is possible to use only your fingers in the steps below, but it is easier with a tapestry needle.)
Put the two pieces of the pom-pom together, then wind the three colors around them (through the hole and around the outside of the cardboard pieces) until the hole is full. Cut the yarn between the two cardboard pieces. Wrap a piece of yarn between the pieces, making a firm knot—leave a long tail. Pull out the cardboard pieces, fluff the pom-pom, and attach it securely to the hat. (You may want to wobble the hat a bit to make sure the pom-pom is on tight.)
Using a tapestry needle or a crochet needle (or your fingers if you’re really good), weave in all the ends and try on the hat. Cunnin’, ain’t it?