*I've added the pattern below (the correction is in red)*I also have a different version of the sea urchin here.
Hi! Well, I've done another hat, when you live as close as I do to the Arctic circle (ok not that close) I need them. Anyway, I decided to make a beret after seeing one on Rachel Bilson of The O.C. fame. It's ridiculously massive but the brim is ribbed to keep my ears warm. I was calling it my Rachel hat but now I'll be calling it the Sea urchin instead I think you can see why...
This hat measures 22 inches (56 cm) at the rib and about 29 inches (74 cm) around it's body. Like I said, it's massive. Smaller heads may want to decrease the number of sts to make it smaller, otherwise it may not look right on you. Mine measures between 23 and 25 inches depending on how I measure.Material
For the yarn I used O-Wool
(a nice organic merino yarn) wich has a gauge of about 4,5 sts per inch, using 5.5 - 6.5 mm/US 8-10 needles . The yarn will be used double stranded (in other words, you need two skeins, balls, hanks, whatever...). You can do like me, by two hanks, curse when you run out of yarn while you're decreasing than by another and make 2 skeins out of it.
One 6,5 mm circ 100 cm/40 inches (that's what I had and so I magic looped it for some parts, you problalby can get away with a 60 cm /23 inches circ)
One tapestry needle
8 st markersGauge
3,5 sts/2,5 cm - 1 inch in stockinette st, double stranded.Abbreviations:
M1: Make one st knitwise
SSK: Slip one, k1, pass the slipped st over the following stImportant:
a. The hat is worked wrong side out.
b. The yarn is used double stranded.
CO 72 sts using two strands of yarn, place a st maker and join without twisting. Work a 1x1 rib (though I must say I find this rib a little ordinary next to the ridges, you might want to try a k1 followed by a purl done through the back of the rib). Work the rib pattern until it is 2 inch long. Increase row: *K2, M1*, repeat * * until the end of the row. You now have 108
Round 1: K until the end
Round 2: *K1 in the st below, p1*, repeat * * until the end of the round. Note: the reason why I knit in the st below is simply because when I started the hat, this was supposed to be the right side. I suspect that if you simply do a 1x1 rib here, it will yield the same reasult.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until the hat measures 8 inches from the beginning, ending with round 2. Note: if you don't want your hat as floppy as mine, you might consider starting the decrease before you reach to the 8 inches. Up to you.
Round 1a: *SSK, knit 10, place st marker*, repeat until the end of the round
Round 2b: K1 and then work the following sts in the rib pattern shown above (round 2), keeping in mind the sts that are in front of you. The last st before the st marker will always be a p st
Round 3b: *SSK, K until st marker, slip the stitch marker (I know duh! but just in case)*, repeat * * until
the end of the round
Repeat rounds 2 and three until you have 8 sts left. Cut the yarn leaving an 8 inch tail, weave it through the sts, pull tight and affix it. And that's it. Flip your hat right side out and admire your handy work.