For my summertime Helsinki trip I wanted a casual and slouchy cap that I could wear without looking like a silly Californian shivering in 64° height of summer weather. This is a stylish upgrade to the very first hat I ever made, a roll brim simple knit appropriate for any beginner.
Meet the Helsinki hat: a slouchy, casual rolled brim knitted hat.
- One skein Noro Taiyo
- One 16″ circular needle in size 9
- Double-pointed needles (DPNS) in size 9
- Yarn needle
- Stitch markers + one stitch marker that looks noticeably different from the rest
Gauge: 4.5 stitches per inch of stockinette stitch (You can probably make this work if your gauge is 4 stitches/inch, it’s a very forgiving pattern.)
Cast on 78 stitches on a 16″ size 9 circular needle. Join the stitches, making sure stitches are not twisted (all the “butts” of the stitches hang down flat).
Note: For a seamless join in the round, cast on one additional stitch than needed, so CO 79. When joining the stitches in a circle, move the last cast on stitch (#79) to the left needle (next to stitch #1), knit those two together to join the round.
Or just cast on the simple way with 78 stitches, join, and move on with life. The join is well hidden in the rolled brim and does not need to be perfect.
BODY OF THE HAT
Work in stockinette stitch (in the round this means knitting every stitch) until your hat measures about 9.5 – 10 inches from the cast-on edge. I told you it was easy!
When your hat measures about 9.5″ or 10″ from the cast-on edge, begin your decreases.
Note about decreasing:
My marker method is about as foolproof as you can get for decreasing a hat. Once you have your markers in, simply make your decrease on the two stitches before each marker. That means you knit until you see a marker and work the two stitches before the marker into a decrease (on this hat you knit them together.) You can also decide to do it after each marker. I like doing it before. We are all individuals! Do what feels right!
I’ve been making hats like this forever and now I know every time I see a stitch marker to decrease the two stitches before the marker. It’s a way for me to be able to knit and watch TV at the same time!
Set up your markers
Place a marker or scrap of yarn to denote the beginning of the rounds. This marker should be different from all the other markers. It is a special marker. Mwah.
Next, you will place a marker along the round denoting every space where a decrease will occur. For this pattern, you will create a set-up row by knitting 13 stitches, place marker, knit 13 more, place marker. Continue until all markers are placed and you are back at The Special Marker. There should be six markers placed total.
Start decreasing for the crown
On the next row, begin to decrease by knitting two together every time you see a stitch marker:
First round: Knit 11, K2tog, continue to end of round
Next round: Knit 10, K2tog, continue to end of round
Next round: Knit 9, K2tog, continue to end of round
Next round: Knit 8, K2tog, continue to end of round
Next round: Knit 7, K2tog, continue to end of round
(This is usually about the time I switch to double pointed needles because the circular needle becomes cumbersome.)
Next round: Knit 6, K2tog, continue to end of round
Next round: Knit 5, K2tog, continue to end of round
Next round: Knit 4, K2tog, continue to end of round
Next round: Knit 3, K2tog, continue to end of round
Next round: Knit 2, K2tog, continue to end of round
You should have 18 stitches on the needles. You can carry on decreasing but I think this is a good place to stop.
Cut the yarn, leaving a tail of about 10 inches. Thread the yarn tail through a large-eye needle. Bind off with the needle by threading the yarn through all stitches and tying off. I kind of loop the yarn tail through the stitches a few times to get it really, extra bound off (insert rolling eyes emoji here) and then I tie a knot. Yup, a knot. Don’t report me to the knitting police.
Weave in all ends.
There you go, a soft and slouchy handmade hat, a perfect beginner’s pattern.