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Felted Bucket Hat Knitting Pattern

Designed by Barbara Breiter

Felted Bucket Hat Knitting Pattern

This knitting pattern for a bucket style felted hat will fit almost any woman. You could make it more plain by omitting the eyelash yarn. It knits up in no time too!

Size 11 US (8 mm) circular needles, 16" or 20" in length or size needed to obtain gauge
Size 11 US (8 mm) double pointed needles or size needed to obtain gauge
Tapestry needle
Iceland by Crystal Palace Yarns
2 balls - color 0022 Pumpkin
109 yds/100 grams
100% Wool
Fizz Stardust by Crystal Palace Yarns
1 ball - color 9517 Nasturtiums
120 yds/50 grams
86% polyester/14% soft metallic fiber

Over stockinette, 11.5 sts and 14 rows = 4" with Iceland


With Iceland and circular needles, CO 74 sts. Make sure sts aren't twisted. Join. Mark beg of round. Knit one rnd, p one rnd.
Rnd 3: k2tog, k35, k2tog, k35 - 72 sts
Rnds 4, 6, 8 and 10: P
Rnd 5: k2tog, k34, k2tog, k34 70 sts
Rnd 7: k2tog, k33, k2tog, k33 68 sts
Rnd 9: k2tog, k32, k2tog, k32 66 sts

For the remainder of the hat, alternate knitting 6 rnds with Iceland and 6 rnds with one strand of Iceland and Fizz held together.

Work 5 inches in St st.

Dec as follows:
*k9, k2tog; rep from * around - 60 sts
K 4 more inches.

Change to double points when you can no longer fit sts comfortably on circulars.

Rnd 1: *k4, k2tog; rep from * around 50 sts
Rnds 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10: k
Rnd 3: *k3, k2tog; rep from * around - 40 sts
Rnd 5: *k2, k2tog; rep from * around - 30 sts
Rnd 7: *k1, k2tog; rep from * around - 20 sts
Rnd 9: *k2tog; rep from * around - 10 sts

Cut yarn, leaving long tail. Thread through tapestry needle and thread through each rem st on needle as if to purl, taking sts off needle. Pull tightly to close top of hat.

Weave in ends on WS.

Put the hat in the washer along with a pair of jeans or canvas tennis shoes. Use a small amount of detergent and a low water level with a hot temperature. Wash for five minutes. Stop the cycle and check to see if is felted as tightly as desired; the longer you wash it, the smaller and more felted it will become. If the hat is not quite felted enough, continue washing and carefully check every few minutes. For the most accurate results, wring it out and try it on, even though it's wet. When you're satisfied, rinse it out by hand with cold water.

Shape the hat using your head, a wig form, bowls, etc. Shape the hat as desired; the fabric will still be malleable so don't be afraid to pull it in various directions. Once it is the desired size and shape, you can stuff it with plastic bags if needed. Allow hat to dry completely.

©Barbara Breiter. This design may not be reproduced in any manner without the expressed written consent of the author.

See Abbreviations and the Glossary for help.

Also see Knit A Bit, for patterns by Barbara Breiter including a large selection of felted and non-felted hats