Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Keeping Boyfriend's Ears Warm Since 2006

I knit a simple stockinette cap for my boyfriend last winter. He wore it frequently, especially when shoveling snow; however, I knew I could create a better-looking, better-fitting hat for him. This past Christmas, I included two skeins of Mission Falls 1824 wool in his stocking, and I told him that I'd knit him any type of hat he preferred, and he asked for a ribbed cap.

I present to you the Boyfriend Hat:


Yarn: Mission Falls 1824 Wool, 100% merino superwash, 2 skeins (with about a fifth of a skein leftover), color 004 - a beautiful charcoal grey
Needles: US size 8 (5mm) sixteen-inch circulars and dpns
Pattern: My own, see below
Design/knit time: January 5-12, 2007, which included ripping and re-knitting the crown a couple times

I'm proud of my hat. I love the ribs and the decreases. I also love this yarn. It's yummy - super soft and spongey. Best of all, my boyfriend likes it (yay!).

My pattern is very basic, but I think the decreases are alluring, so here's my pattern to share....

The Boyfriend Hat

Copyright 2007:
This pattern is designed and owned by me. Feel free to use the pattern for personal use, but please do not distribute this. Please send others the link to this site if you want to share the pattern. Thank you!



Sizing:
This pattern should fit a typical male head of 23.5" circumference. The rib pattern is stretchy, so it should fit slightly wider or smaller heads, or you could decrease/increase the number of stitches cast on in multiples of 10 and still follow the pattern. Note that this finished hat should only cover the tops of ears. If you want a hat to fully cover the ears, knit an extra inch or more before starting the decreases.

Pattern:
With 5mm sixteen-inch circulars or dpns, CO 100 stitches. (I used the cable cast-on.) Join to knit in the round and mark beginning of round.

Row 1 (and every row): *K3, P2; repeat from * until end of round
Repeat this row until the hat measures 5.5" tall.


Decreases:

Row 1: *K3, P2, K2tog, K1, P2; repeat from * until end of row (90 sts remain <-- if you had CO 100 sts) Row 2: *K3, P2, K2tog, P2; repeat from * until end of row (80 sts remain) Row 3: *K3, P2, P2tog, P1; repeat from * until end of row (70 sts remain) Row 4: *K3, P2, P2tog; repeat from * until end of row (60 sts remain) Row 5: *K3, P1, P2tog; repeat from * until end of row (50 sts remain)

You have now decreases every other rib out of the ribbing pattern. (If you are using a sixteen-inch circular needle, remember that you will need to switch to double-pointed needles when you cannot fit the stitches on your needle any longer.)

Row 6: *K2tog, K1, P2; repeat from * until end of row (40 sts remain)

Row 7: *K2tog, P2; repeat from * until end of row (30 sts remain)

Row 8: * K2tog, P1; repeat from * until end of row (20 sts remain)

Row 9: *K2tog; repeat from * until end of row (10 sts remain)

Row 10: *K2tog; repeat from * until end of row (5 sts remain)

Cut yarn, weave through remaining 5 stitches to close hole at top, and weave in the ends. You now have a ribbed hat perfect for your very own boyfriend (or husband... or friend... or relative... or yourself).



This pattern on Ravelry: here.

106 comments:

Cathi said...

He's a cutie -- hope he's a keeper.

Oh, the hat is nice too.

Susan said...

Found you through the MDK KAL. Had to tell you how much I love your washcloths!!! ;)
And your boyfriends hat is Fantastic!

Maguidhir said...

Love the hat! I made one for my husband that looked sort of like this, but he lost it! And then I lost the pattern, so I put off making him a new one. Thanks to you I can start one! :)

Knitterella said...

Thank you so much for making the pattern free! It looks like the perfect style for my husband (and my nephews too!).

Thanks so much!
Jill

Mary (aka Mena) said...

there is something in the decrease detail that just caught my eye. I simply love it. Thank you so much for your generosity.

Tikkunknitter said...

That's one very slick and stylish hat, perfect for my college-age sons. Thanks for the pattern.
And how tall is "freakishly tall"?
(I'm average-ly short, and middle-agedly plump); just curious.

moonalisa knits said...

I made this for my brother for Christmas. Thanks!

newsox said...

This pattern is quite lovely. I knit it the first time, but after doing the ribbing to 5.5 inches and then doing the decreases.. I found it incredibly short. I'm redoing it and adding a couple inches in length.

Melissa & Jon said...

So, as I was scanning through hat patterns on Ravelry, asking my husband what he'd like, we found this pattern. It's a winner, and I can't wait to make it for the meathead :-)

kelebek }{ said...

I am making one for the hubby soon. The seasons are backwards down under, winter is coming fast!!

Adryteje said...

I will knit one for my son! it´s exactly he likes! Thanks!:)

tangerine said...

wow, I think I have found the perfect hat for my BF. thank you so much. I read your little bio and it seems we have many things in common, I was wondering, how tall are you? I am 6'2" and have yet to meet another woman as tall.

Victoria said...

Thanks for sharing. My son (leaving for college next month) will love this hat. It's the only thing he actually asked me to make for him!

I particularly like the free part. I hope that at some point in my knitting career I can publish a really cool FREE pattern.

martha said...

i just found this pattern. it is finally a hat my husband approves of. thanks for the free pattern!

Chris - Laura said...

thank you for the pattern. it's the only hat my boyfriend likes.

... said...

Very lovely hat - exactly what I was looking for. Thank you for sharing! x

Alex said...

This is a great pattern and I look forward to making it!

Thanks again for making it free :)

Harpa J said...

I´m making one for my son in law. Thank you for posting this pattern.

Aubyn Peach said...

This is an awesome pattern. Finished it in a day and added a stripe. Also, I ended up doing it 7's and casting on 120 but it still worked out perfectly. This will be my new go to hat pattern.

Thanks

A Knitting Junkie said...

I specifically wanted to do a 3x2 ribbed hat for the men folk on my Christmas list this year and wasn't sure how I wanted to handle the decreases; I hit the internet with a mission of finding the perfect decrease and happened upon this pattern. I didn't imagine I would REALLY find the PERFECT decrease, but boy did I ever! Thank you.
---
Anita, a knitting junkie!
P.S. I showed some link love on my blog as well!

dashbear said...

Hi - I'm loving this hat and have a question: if I'm adding more stiches (e.g. 120 instead of 100 cast on), how would I adjust the decreases?

My husband has a big head and I'd like to knit him this hat in the next few days!

Thanks so much :) Kelly

Stephanie said...

I'm glad everyone likes the pattern.

If you want to CO 120 sts, follow the same decrease pattern (but ignore how many sts remain at the end of each row). On the last row of decreases, you will have 7 sts remaining instead of 5.

MJB said...

Stephanie what gauge should I be aiming for? I tend to knit loosely and I'm worried that it will turn out too big.

Thanks for coming up with the perfect hat. It is the only one my bf wants out of the hundreds of patterns online.

DawnK said...

Cute hat and cute boyfriend! LOL! I'd be one who would knit that extra inch, to make sure my ears were completely covered! My mom knit me a hat and it's just the perfect length. Great job!

Elayne said...

I am going to make this hat for my soldier grandson who will be deployed to Afghanistan in a month or two. I would also like to make several for the military.

Sara Lechner said...

wonderful decreases, I must try this.
thank you for your comment in my blog.

O~ said...

I'm a new knitter and think I can accomplish this. I have two beautiful skeins of charcoal merino that I've been waiting to find the perfect pattern for. My BF (husband ;) ) and son will love this hat I think... thank you so much for creating and sharing the pattern!

carriekali said...

Stephanie, I simply adore this pattern and have made it 4 times. I'm about to make it a 5th time with Ironstone Colorchanges in purple.

My method: use a heavier yarn, knitted cast on method, and 90 sts with US 9 (5.5 mm) double-pointed needles (DPN).

Thank you for sharing such a great pattern -- no errors, easy to follow, looks great when you're done...and the top shaping is so clever.

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josh said...

hi! i was looking at etsy earlier and i saw this:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_20&listing_id=20196935&ga_search_query=wool+hat&ga_search_type=tag_title&ga_page=&min=&max=&order=

i decreases look a lot like yours. i'm assuming they're yours.

anyhow. just thought i'd point this out!

Yazmena said...

HI Stephanie I'm currently making this for my husband and I am at the transition phase where I need to transfer to DPN's. What length DPN do you recommend. I am new to knitting and this is only my second project so I need to go out and buy some needles but I don't want to get the wrong one. Thanks for the pattern!

S said...

Hi, Yazmena. I think I used 6-7" long dpns, and if I remember correctly, the stitches fit comfortably on them when I first switched to them.

Cashew said...

I've kitted so many hats for my husband that are too small. My daughter-in-law also has a large head and I want to make this for her too. What size is your boyfriend's head - that'll give me an idea of how many stitches I need. Thanks.

Stephanie said...

Hey, my boyfriend's head is 23.5" around (just above the ears).

Amanda said...

I love your hat! Since Im a beginning knitter I was wondering how many double pointed needles I need to use for this pattern? The package came with 5 needles so I wasnt sure... Also can I do the whole thing on dpn or do I need to get a circular needle for the beginning? Thanks for the help, cant wait for my boyfriend to wear it!!!

Stephanie said...

To Amanda: Yep, you can knit the whole hat on dpns. I used 4 dpns, but you could also use 5. Or you could use 5 dpns to start with then switch to 4 dpns when you get to the decreases.

Lauren said...

Thank you for your generosity, creativity, and your follow-up on the comments over time. You seem like a genuinely sweet person.

Happy Knitting!

Tasha said...

Hi Stephanie, my 12 year old nephew has been trying on toques for some time now and has never found the right one he asked me to make him one and I hesitantly agreed as he is super fussy. I am happy to announce he LOVES his toque and has asked for more in different colors lol he says it't the sweetest toque ever. Thanks so much for sharing your pattern.

Andrea P. said...

Just finished this tonight. Thanks for sharing the pattern with all of us. It's great! Next time I'll probably make it a little longer.

Amanda said...

Just finised this hat and thrilled with the results! It was my first attempt at a hat and between your easy to follow pattern and a little help from my sister I got it done in a couple days - just in time for the predicted snow this weekend in MN! Thanks!

Bibliocat said...

Very Nice! Just what I was looking for. I have two grown sons that appreciate Mommy made gifts.
Thank you for sharing your pattern.

Mad-Milk said...

Hello!

I'm making a website for Finnish knitters to provide patterns that people love and would like to try them, but who find English language too hard to follow.
I've taken your pattern "A hat Fit for a Boyfriend" from Raverly, and translated it to Finnish.

So here's the question: Can I publish your knitting pattern in Finnish language in 2 non-commercial websites?
www.friikkipirkot.blogspot.com and the one I'm writing above (not ready yet, because I haven't translated enough patterns. ^^ )

After pattern there's always mentioned a link to the original pattern and translators name.

Finnish language translation
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1421548/bf-pipo.pdf

Regards: Arttu Karppanen

Staci!!!! said...

I love this hat! I just finished it about 4 minutes ago for my boyfriend. This was the quickest I have ever finished a project. It was a 3 day hat! woo. I definitely plan on making this hat again. thank you so much for this beautiful pattern.

Surfergirl732 said...

great pattern, i had to make it a bit longer tho, the guys i'm making it for either have alot of hair or just a big head!

erinjean said...

This hat is perfect! I spent a lot of time trying to find a pattern that my boyfriend might like, and I hated all the others, as I'm sure he would have too. I love this one. It's simple but eye catching. I'm sure he'll love it :)

josh said...

i was going through my pile of hats that i've made in the last year and i noticed that the ones that weren't koolhaases were at least based on this pattern. thank you!

the craftivist said...

robyn here, from One Hundred Hats. wanted to send you a ravelry message, but didn't see you on there! i used this pattern to knit one of the hats for my project, and had a question for you - can you shoot me either a Ravelry message (adevinelife) or an e-mail (rmcdevineATgmailDOTcom)? thanks!

Bibliocat said...

Update to the mommy made gifts - I made two hats and ..... a tea cozy.

my mom asked for a tea cozy. I thought the pattern would make a great cozy. So I used size 11 needles and double up on the worsted yarn and it came out perfect. I will add a large brass button to the top. I plan to make another cozy for my favorite teapot.

Thanks again for the pattern.

Caro said...

Thank you for this pattern! So easy, so simple and SO fast! I made it this afternoon! My daughter's boyfriend is getting one for Christmas
Caoline

The Crochet Guy said...

I made the hat for myself. It looks great. I am pleased that you made it and shared it. Thank you ma'am.

meredith said...

thank you for your pattern...my hubby is going to love this as i got it finished just in time for the projected "deep south" snow this week!

margaritas said...

as por el patrón! Gracias a tu patrón he hecho mi primer gorro!! estoy muy contenta me ha quedado genial. Muchas gracias

Sierra said...

Great pattern! Knocked it out in about a day. Thanks so much for posting it!

Vicki said...

I need a boyfriend for whom I can knit this!

Nicole said...

Thanks so much for this pattern! I'm new to knitting and wanted to try something different from the standard hat I've learned to make over and over. This pattern was really easy and fun. I made it for my dad for his 60th- here's hoping he likes it!

Katherine said...

I'm a beginner and decided to move onto something more adventurous than a scarf... This hat is great, thank you. It was really easy and looks great!

bailadora said...

I made it! Thanks for the pattern ;)

D

http://mazansverdesevermellas.blogspot.com/2010/03/os-regalos-de-papa.html

Soo said...

Yay! I made a small version of this to test as I don't have the right sized circular. My first time knitting in a round! My first 'Proper' hat, first proper decrease! Thank you!

Julie said...

Thank you very much for the free pattern! I'm excited to make this for my teenager - not many patterns apply but this one is so great.

tami lynn said...

Made the hat over fall break for my dad for Christmas, which will be here before we know it! Thank you for such a wonderful pattern!

Heidi's Hobby said...

I am a few years behind the times, but found your pattern on Ravelry and just made it this week! I really love the pattern and am so thankful you have shared it.

I gave you a shout on my blog - check it out -
www.heidihobby.blogspot.com

Thanks again, it's a great hat!

Sherry said...

Thanks for making this a free pattern for us northeastern ladies to knit up for our snow shoveling men! I am going to whip one up for hubby's Xmas stocking.

Jessie said...

Looked all day for a good beanie to add a visor to for my friend. posted your link on my blog to give credit.
Thank you for the pattern

Knit-a-holic said...

Great hat and a great pattern! Perfect. Thanks!

Erin said...

I really like the look of this hat. i added some color to just the ribs for a 3/4" strip. Turned out cool. I highly recommend adding at least an inch to the work before starting the decrease. Otherwise the hat just covers to top of the ears.

Amanda said...

if i knit an extra inch before decreasing, will i run out of yarn if i only have 2 skeins? i am using the same mission falls yarn.

Stephanie said...

Amanda: If you knit an extra inch, you should have enough yarn from two skeins of Missions Falls wool. I've knit the hat longer a couple times, and I had plenty of yarn leftover.

Genia said...

This is such a great pattern! Thank you very much for sharing. Since Christmas I've knit your pattern about 6 times now.

The current one is in Patons Classic Wool (black) for my daughter's boyfriend who is in the military and about to be deployed to Oman. This will help keep him much warmer than those issued to him!

Again, thank you for sharing.

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Hi honey, I have a quick question. If I wanted to double up my yarn to make it thicker, should it work on like a #6 circular? I am not great at making adjustments.. My husband wants a thicker beanie. I appreciate your advice on this. Thanks in advance,

Kim

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helam said...

Тhank you for your pattern!
Very easy!

Susan said...

What is a good substitute for Mission Falls 1824 Wool? Something machine washable and dry on low?

Kimfrank said...

Hey Stephanie,

I'm new to knitting and I've tried to find out what you mean by "p2, k2tog" Is this one and the same step?

Thanks, Kim

Stephanie said...

Susan: I don't use machine washable yarn very often (except for fibers like cotton), so I don't know a good substitute. Sorry! I know Cascade 220 has a superwash wool, but it's definitely thinner, so you would need to cast on more stitches (in multiples of 10) to create a hat that fits the same size head.

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Kimfrank: "P2" and "K2tog" are two different steps. As a generalization, in knitting patterns, commas separate each step.

P2 means to purl two in a row (in other words, purl one stitch then purl the next stitch).

K2tog means to knit two stitches together - this is a decrease. It decreases one stitch. The decreases in this hat pattern are used to form the cap shape at the top of the hat.

I suggest looking at knittinghelp.com for help learning how to do different knitting techniques, including increases and decreases. That site has pictures, written directions, and videos. This page shows you how to do various decreases, including K2tog (top left): http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/decreases

Saraisfine said...

Stephanie,
I love this hat pattern so, so much! I have been knitting them for all the men in my family for the Holidays ... I have been posting the pictures of my progress on my blog!
So here is my question... I have been knitting your pattern flat instead of in the round... are you ok with me posting the modification on my ameture blog? A few people have asked for it and I don't want to share without your permission.

michelle03878 said...

Stephanie, Thank you so much for this pattern, I know my br will ove this for xmas!! I just have 1 > i saw another person had also asked this but didnt see a response. What guage should we be aiming for? I'd like to use small ndls so the sts come out tiny lol but I dont know the guage so I cant figure out how many sts to inc to.

michelle03878 said...

Stephanie, Thank you so much for this pattern, I know my br will ove this for xmas!! I just have 1 > i saw another person had also asked this but didnt see a response. What guage should we be aiming for? I'd like to use small ndls so the sts come out tiny lol but I dont know the guage so I cant figure out how many sts to inc to.

michelle03878 said...

Stephanie, Thank you so much for this pattern, I know my br will ove this for xmas!! I just have 1 > i saw another person had also asked this but didnt see a response. What guage should we be aiming for? I'd like to use small ndls so the sts come out tiny lol but I dont know the guage so I cant figure out how many sts to inc to.

~amanda~ said...

I'm knitting myself a hat using this pattern right now! I taught myself how to knit watching videos on Youtube and then gave it up for a while because I didn't like DPNs, but with cold weather arriving I really wanted a new hat so I pulled the needles back out and tried using 2 circular needles to do the small diameter at the top and it was much easier! Thanks for the great pattern.

M said...

i'm using bulky yarn and i CO 60 stitches. for the decreases would i start at the beginning or the part where you already have 60 stitches? thanks for this pattern :)

Anick said...

Absolutely wonderful. I made this hat for my husband and he adores it! I will definitely make one for myself and every single boys in my family (they all want one, made longer it covers the ears PERFECTLY).

I cast on fewer stitches with thinner yarn and made preemie hats for a friend of mine's baby and they are soo cute!! Made long enough, they can grow with the baby!

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SusannaSofia said...

Thanks for a great pattern! This was fun to knit :-)

SusannaSofia said...

Thanks for a great pattern! This was really fun to knit :-)

Alexandra Sutherland-Barta said...

Thank you for your ingenious decrease method and generosity!!! I'm knitting it a second time (my spouse's uncle is doing chemo right now), and I'm sure I can find a few more people to knit for! :)

Kirsten H said...

Hi Stephanie! Thanks for posting this pattern. It looks like the perfect thing for my boyfriend, and he went with me to help pick out the yarn today at a LYS. The skein we got is 160 yds long and he has a big head, 25". In addition, he wants it to cover his ears. Do you think 160 yds will be enough? Would you recommend adding the extra 10 stitches to fit around his head, or do you think 100 stitches will stretch? The yarn we got is a wool/cotton blend, if that makes any difference. This will be the first hat I've knit!

Stephanie said...

Is your yarn 160 yards per 100 grams of a 50-50 wool cotton blend? I can only guess here... but I would guess that a wool/cotton blend would stretch more after the first wash than a wool yarn, so you might be able to cast on 100 stitches, but I think I would try 110 sts first. I definitely suggest adding AT LEAST an inch to the length of the hat.

Kirsten H said...

Yep, it's 100 grams for approx. 160 yards and it's 55% wool, 45% cotton. Thanks for the tips! I'll give it a try and hope I don't run out of yarn. They only had one hank of this color left in the store.

Andrea said...

I have done this hat several times over the years and I LOVE it! It turns out so nice. Just knit one tonight for my younger son, and it got me thinking. You first posted this pattern about 5 years or so ago... so is the boyfriend now a hubby? ;) lol

Stephanie said...

I'm glad you (and hopefully the recipients) like the hat pattern! Nope, we're not married, but we are still together. :)

Melissa MacGregor said...

I LOVE this hat! The decreases work out better than any other hat I've ever made! I love that you go all the way down to 5 stitches to pull through. I've seen patterns where you're meant to pull your yarn through 20+ stitches and it always looks a bit weird and is difficult to fully close. Good job! I made this hat over the weekend and it was way too short. I'm working on a twin and this time I started the decreases after 7" of length and it looks / fits (so far) a lot better. Your pattern is my new favorite hat to make! Thank you so much!

Noelle Pawlowski said...

I'm knitting this hat for my boyfriend and I've added 10 extra stitches to the pattern (as I'm still sort of a newbie and quite a tight knitter). Could someone please tell me where in the pattern I am supposed to account for these 10 extra stitches? I've knit and unknit my decrease section three times now and something is still wrong. Everything looks ok until about row 6 of the decreases. By the end of row 6, the pattern states that every other rib should be eliminated, but with these added stitches, that's simply not the case. It's January in the Adirondacks and I gotta keep his ears toasty. . .any advice helps! Thank you, fellow knitters. . . .

Stephanie said...

Noelle, if you started with 110 stitches, at the end of Row 5, you should have 55 stitches remaining. Is that the case?

Noelle Pawlowski said...

Thanks for getting back to me so promptly, Stephanie! Yup. . .55 it is, and every other rib is gone. (4th time's the charm, I guess. ;) ) What now for those remaining 10? Are they just accounted for in all the K2 rows: 9, 10, (11)? Thanks. . .

naomi gruer said...

Hi. I finished three hats using this pattern and love how they turned out! I posted photos of my teen triplets wearing their hats on my lifestyle blog Bmore Energy, http://bmoreenergy.wordpress.com. I wanted to let you know that I credited you with the pattern and provided a link to your site from mine. Thanks!

Eleanor Price said...

I just completed this ... it's gorgeous! Thank you for sharing the pattern!

Oriana Buş said...

It's unfair that such a nice hat is reserved only for boyfriends, so I'm going to start knitting one for -wait for it- myself!


..or, at least, I'll try. I'm a beginner, you see. Just focus on the first block of text.

Yarns by HomePlace Farm said...
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Yarns by HomePlace Farm said...

Stephanie,
We found your wonderful Boyfriend Hat on Ravelry and your blog and would like to ask permission to use it for our "Knit Your Bit" for the Troops project. We will credit you with the pattern and direct people to your blog and pattern on Ravelry. We are knitting hats for a Medivac Unit stationed in Afghanistan. May we use your pattern. We look forward to hearing from you.
Thanks, Diane
hpalpacas@gmail.com

Stephanie said...

Of course, feel free to use the pattern. Happy knitting!

Charlotte Keeton said...

Just wanted to add a note thanking you for this wonderful pattern. The decreases are really slick, and the end result is great! I'm part of a group that knits and crochets for charity, and I love to make this hat for the men at the local mission. My favorite yarn to use for it is Lion Brand Wool Ease, and 1 ball is enough to make a longer hat, with some left over. Thanks for this great pattern!

Christine Nicole said...

Just wanted to thank you for sharing this! I finished one just a few minutes ago - my first hat made on needles (as opposed to a loom). It turned out great! Thanks a bunch!