This year I knit myself a present. Since I often play the elf, giving everyone in my family plenty of hand made gifts, I made myself an elf hat. I didn’t want it to look too much like a santa hat, so I chose a pattern with stripes and used green and white.
The pattern is called Striped Stocking Caps, and includes a child size, small adult size, and large adult size. I made the small adult size.
The yarns I used were:
- Cascade Pluscious in White for the brim and pom pom
- Cascade 220 in Christmas Green and White for the hat body
Although the pattern is perfectly fine as is, I couldn’t help making a few modifications:
- Use size 6 needles for the brim (the Pluscious yarn knits up thicker) and size 7 for the hat.
- Knit 40 rows for the brim to make a very wide folded up brim.
- First stripe in green is 11 rows. Then each stripe after that is 10 rows.
- Decreases are on rows 41, 51, 56, 61, 66, 71, 76, 81, etc.
- The final stripe (in green) goes down to 8 stitches. Then knit 5 more rows and thread the end through the stitches and tie off.
Check out my Ravelry project for the hat.
I’m looking forward to wearing it on Christmas morning!