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February 2006

Felted Hats

Looking for a quick knit project? Felted hats are easy and fun to make and are one of the most popular projects with our customers. The hats pictured require 100% wool(not superwash) and are felted with hot water and agitation. This creates a thick, shrunken fabric that is incredibly warm.

From right to left: Turquoise helmet - Fritidsgarn wool. Multi-coloured Bucket Hats - Noro Kureyon wool. Both the red and the brown Bucket Hats - Manos del Uruguay. The Rolled Brim hat - Galway wool. All yarns are available in a wide variety of colours, and the patterns are free with the yarn.

If you'd like to make your own bucket style hat, the pattern follows!

Noro Kureyon Felted Bucket Hat

Medium Size

Materials: Yarn - 2 balls of Noro Kureyon, or 200m of another worsted weight yarn (the red and the brown hats are made from Manos del Uruguay).

Needles - 5.5mm and 6mm 40cm circular and 6mm dp needles.
 
Cast on 110 stitches. Using double strand of yarn, knit 5 rounds in garter stitch (knit 1 round, purl 1 round)
Next round - *Knit 9, k2tog; repeat from * around (100sts)

[Purl 1 round, knit 1 round] twice, then purl 1 round.

 

Break off 1 strand of yarn and continue with one strand

Knit 5 rounds, purl 1 round.
Change to 6mm needles and knit every round until piece measures 5 1/2" from purl round.
Purl 1 round.
Knit 2 rounds.
Crown Shaping - *Knit 8, k2tog; repeat from * around. (90sts)
Knit 2 rounds
Next round - Knit 4 * k2tog, knit 7; repeat from * around; knit remaining stitches. (80sts)
Knit 2 rounds
Next round - *Knit 6, k2tog; repeat from * around.
Knit 2 rounds.
Next round - Knit 3; *k2tog, knit 5; repeat from * around; knit remaining stitches.
Knit 1 round.
Next round - *Knit 4, k2tog; repeat from * around; knit remaining stitches.
Knit 1 round.
Next round - Knit 2, *k2tog, knit 3; repeat from * around; knit remaining stitches (40sts)
Knit 1 round.
Next round - *Knit 2, k2tog; repeat from * around (30sts).
Knit 1 round.
Next round - Knit 1, *k2tog, knit 1; repeat from * around; knit remaining stitches.
Knit 1 round.
Next round *k2tog; repeat from * around (10sts)
Cut yarn and weave through stitches.
Felting:
Felt in machine on hottest cycle with a pair of jeans (to add extra agitation), adding a small amount of mild detergent. Check after one wash to see if the hat fits - it may be necessary to do it a second time (or even a third). Shape over a coffee can or some other suitable container and leave it dry.
Optional Felted Flower:

Using 1 strand of worsted weight yarn and 5mm needle, cast on 2 stitches. Increase at the beginning of every row until there are 11 stitches. Cut yarn. Make 3 more points, casting on 2 stitches for each point onto an empty needle and breaking yarn on all but the last point. Knit across all 4 points (44 sts). Next row - k2tog across, k1. Next row - k2tog across. Next row - k2tog across. Pass the last 4 sts over the 1st stitch. Fasten off and sew seam. Felt with hat. Sew to hat with single strand of yarn.