My handsome husband modelling the scarf and hat set I knit. The scarf was featured earlier this year, in March (I started knitting it last October!) but now that cold weather is coming around again, I decided to knit a matching hat!
One problem though: I couldn't find a good matching pattern. The scarf was knitted using a k3p3 pattern, and I couldn't find any k3p3-hats. I like a more chunky rib, so instead of using a k1p1 or k2p2 or k3p1 pattern, I designed my own k3p3 top-down beanie pattern. Sharing is caring, so here's the pattern:
kfb: knit a stitch in the front and in the back of the same loop
pfb: purl a stitch in the front and in the back of the same loop
kfpb: knit a stitch in the front of the loop, and purl in the back of the same loop
pfkb: purl a stitch in the front of the loop, and knit in the back of the same loop
cast on 6 st
r2: (kfb pfb)*3 12st
r4: (k1kfb p1pfb)*3 18st
You now have three "ribs" on your hat. Starting round 6, you will start adding new ribs to the hat with the following six round pattern of increases:
ry : (k3 pfb k1 pfb [k3p3]*x)*3
ry+1: (k3 p2 k1 p2 [k3p3]*x)*3
ry+2: (k3 pfkb k1 kfpb [k3p3]*x)*3
ry+3: (k3 p2 k3 p2 [k3p3]*x)*3
ry+4: (k3 p1 pfb k3 p1 pfb [k3p3]*x)*3
ry+5: k3p3 all round
For round 6-11, x=0; 12-17, x = 1; 18-23, x=2; etc. Once your hat is sufficiently wide, just keep knitting k3p3 all around until you've reached the desired length. Use Jeny's surprisingly stretchy bind-off
, or, if you want a fold-up brim, add several rows of p3k3 for a more aesthetic effect.
It doesn't really matter what yarn you use or which size needles. I used acrylic yarn on 5mm circular needles (magic loop), and stopped increasing when I had a total of 15 ribs (90 stitches). I wouldn't go up a lot more in needle size, as I think you'll have very few ribs then, but that's all up to you to decide! You could knit a swatch in a k3p3 repeat pattern to calculate your stitches/inch, subtract an inch or two, maybe three of the circumference of the head you're knitting for, multiply that measurement with your gauge and choose the nearest multiple of 18, or you could just eyeball it.
Simplified example of the math:
Head circumference = 22 inches
(22 - 2 inches) * 5 st / inch = 100 st
Since 100 is not a multiple of 18, this number of stitches wouldn't give us the nice ribbed pattern. So look at the closest multiples of 18: 90 st or 108 st. If the hat were 90st, it would be 18" in circumference, where 108 st would translate to 21.6". I find that this ribbed hat is extremely stretchy, so I'd personally go with the smaller measurement, but let your swatch be your guide on stretchiness when deciding what number of stitches you pick. Or again, you can eyeball it, I did and it worked out fine!
Tip: I think this pattern is easiest to follow on double pointed needles, with three needles carrying the same number of stitches, and a forth "working needle". Do your increases after the first k3 of each needle. Alternatively, when working using the magic loop technique you can use 3 stitch markers to help you keep track of where to do your increases. In round 5, place a stitch marker after each k3. If you're skilled at reading your knitting, you don't really need these, but I found that they help a lot (especially since I like to knit in front of the TV!).
Because I didn't do any math in advance, I didn't know how many rounds I'd need for the desired length and I ended up with the black stripe slightly higher than I would have liked it, but not high enough that I could add a second black stripe. Still, I think it works really nice with the scarf, so I'm not complaining!