How to knit a pom-pom hat

This classic knitting project makes a great gift for any age.

  • One 50g ball of Rowan Wool Cotton in turquoise
  • One 50g ball of Rowan Wool Cotton in bright green
  • Pair of 3.75mm and 4mm needles
  • Tapestry needle 7.5 x 15cm (3 x 6 in) piece of thick cardboard
  • Compass
  • Small, sharp scissors


Size

Hat circumference (not stretched): 50 cm 

Abbreviations

  • k - knit
  • k2tog - knit two stitches together
  • p - purl
  • St st - stocking stitch
  • sts - stitches

 

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Tension swatch 

Make a slip knot 60cm (24in) from the end of the green yarn and, using the thumb cast-on method, cast on 45 sts.

Row 1: [Knit (k) 1 st, purl (p) 1 st] rep to last st, k1.

Row 2: [P1, k1] to last st, p1. These 2 rows make the rib pattern (patt). For the first few rows you need to be careful to make the correct stitch, but after a few rows the patt is established and it becomes easier to see and to work. Rep rows 1Ð2 until 40 rows have been worked. Cast off .

Counting rows and stitches: There should be 33 stitches and 29 rows to 10cm (4in).

 

Making the hat


Make a slip knot 135cm (53in) from the end of the turquoise yarn and, using the thumb cast-on method and 3.75mm needles, cast on 131 sts. Following the instructions for rib in row 1 and row 2 of tension swatch, work k1, p1 rib until 24 rows have been worked. 

Change to 4mm needles.


Row 25: Knit (k).
Row 26: Purl (p). Rep rows 25-26 until 16 rows more of stocking stitch (St st), have been worked.


 

Row 43: K2, [knit two stitches together (k2tog) k14] eight times, k1. (123 sts)
   

Row 44: On this and all even-numbered rows, purl.
Row 45: K2, [k2tog, k13] eight times, k1. (115 sts)
Row 47: K2, [k2tog, k12] eight times, k1. (107 sts)
Row 49: K2, [k2tog, k11] eight times, k1. (99 sts)
Row 51: K2, [k2tog, k10] eight times, k1. (91 sts)
Row 53: K2, [k2tog, k9] eight times, k1. (83 sts)
Row 55: K2, [k2tog, k8] eight times, k1. (75 sts)
Row 57: K2, [k2tog, k7] eight times, k1. (67 sts)
Row 59: K2, [k2tog, k6] eight times, k1. (59 sts)
Row 61: K2, [k2tog, k5] eight times, k1. (51 sts)
Row 63: K2, [k2tog, k4] eight times, k1. (43 sts)
Row 65: K2, [k2tog, k3] eight times, k1. (35 sts)
Row 67: K2, [k2tog, k2] eight times, k1. (27 sts)
Row 69: K2, [k2tog, k1] eight times, k1. (19 sts)
Row 71: K2, k2tog eight times, k1. (11 sts)
Row 72: Purl. 
Row 73: K1, k2tog five times. (6 sts)
Cast off purlwise. 

 

Finishing

Weave in ends.

Right-sides facing, sew up 6cm of the rib using mattress stitch. The raw edges of the seam will be on the right side of the hat. 

Turn the hat right-side out and bring the needle and yarn through to the right side. Keeping the mattress stitches even, sew up the rest of the rib so that the raw edges of this part of the seam are on the wrong side.

Keeping the hat right-side out, sew up the rest of the seam.

 

Pom-poms (make 1)

Using the compass, draw two 6cm diameter circles on the cardboard. Draw a central 3cm diameter circle inside each one. Cut out the circles with scissors. Cut off approximately 37m (40 yds) of bright green yarn. Place one circle on top of the other and wind yarn around them tightly and evenly until all the yarn is used. 
 
Slip the points of the scissors into the wound yarn and between the circles of cardboard. Snip around the edge of the circles, snipping through all the layers of yarn. Ease the circles apart a fraction and slip a doubled length of yarn between them, encircling the core of cut yarn. Pull the doubled yarn very tight and tie it in a firm double knot. 
 
Fluff up the pom-pom and trim any protruding ends with the scissors. Trim all but one of the tails of yarn extending from the pom-poms. Using the remaining tail and the tapestry needle, tightly sew the pom-pom to top of the hat. 
 

 

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Last updated: 29-Aug-2013 at 10:56 AM