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Felted Hat With Wide Brim Knitting Pattern

Designed by Barbara Breiter

Felt Hat Knitting Pattern

This felted hat knitting pattern features a wide brim combined with a novelty yarn. For variations, omit the novelty yarn, knit the brim in a different color or knit it in stripes. The hat fits most women.

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 1240 Limeade
109 yds/100 grams
100% Wool
Squiggle by Crystal Palace Yarns
1 ball - color 9297 Circus
110 yards/50 grams
100% polyester

11.5 sts and 14 rows = 4" with Iceland in St st

With one strand of Iceland and Squiggle held together and circular needles, CO 84 sts. Make sure sts aren't twisted. Join. Mark beg of round. Knit 4" in St st.

Dec as follows:
Rnd 1: k2tog, k40, k2tog, k40-82 sts
Rnds 2 and 4: K
Rnd 3: k2tog, k39, k2tog, k39 - 80 sts
Rnd 5: *k6, k2tog; rep from * across rnd-70 sts

Cut Squiggle. With Iceland, knit 9" in St st.

Decrease Crown
Change to double points when you can no longer fit sts comfortably on circulars.
Rnd 1: *k6, k2tog; rep from * across - 60 sts
Rnd 2: *k4, k2tog; rep from * across - 50 sts
Rnd 3: *k3, k2tog; rep from * across - 40 sts
Rnd 4: *k2, k2tog; rep from * across - 30 sts
Rnd 5: *k1, k2tog; rep from * across - 20 sts
Rnd 6: k2tog; rep from * across - 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