Thursday, May 3, 2012

Chris Hat

Simple is elegant! By using a yarn with beautiful muted stripes, this hat looks as fashionable on the city streets as it does on the ski slopes. (hey, I'm from Colorado--everything is judged by skiing).

This is a simple and fast slouchy hat to make, suitable for both men and women. There is only one size because it is done in a twisted rib which is very, very stretchy.  It takes three different sizes of circular needles to create the shaping, and the yarn is self-striping.

Instead of increasing stitches, we switch needles to larger and larger sizes, keeping the integrity of the ribbing while working up the hat. Then we use a sudden and dramatic decrease for the crown to add shaping to the slouch. 

1 skein Mini Mocha - 80% Merino Wool/20% Nylon 195 yds/50 gr ball
     Hat on model is Ice Wine; Caramel Latte on table
Size US 6 (4.0 mm) 16 inch circulars
Size US 8 (5.0 mm) 16 inch circulars
Size US 10 (6.0 mm) 16 inch circular
4 double pointed needles size US 10 (6.0 mm)
Yarn needle
Stitch marker

With size 6 needles, cast on 110 sts. Place marker and join. Work in twisted rib (k1 through back loop, p1) until piece measures 2”.
Switch to size 8 needles and continue in the twisted rib stitch for another 3”.
Switch to size 10 needles and continue for 4”, for a total of 9” from beginning

Crown: (switch to DPNs when necessary)
Rnd 1:  K2tog into the back loop across the row.
Rnd 2 and all even numbered rounds: Knit through back loop..
Rnd 3:  K2tog into the back loop to last stitch, K1.
Rnd 5:  K2tog into the back loop to last stitch, K1.
Rnd 7:  K2tog into the back loop to last stitch, K1.

Cut yarn, leaving a tail. Thread through the remaining stitches and secure tightly.  Weave in ends.


  1. Thanks for sharing such a great-looking pattern, Laurie! I've got some Mini-Mochi in my stash that is going to be a Chris hat by the end of next week!

    1. I would love it if you would send a pix to me ( of your hat. What color is your Mini Mochi?

  2. Why is it called a 'Chris' hat?