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
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!
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.
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.
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.