Did I mention that I love knitting hats??
Well I do 🙂 And I also love super (super) chunky yarn. When I knitted the Quick Cowl last week, I fell in love with the yarn I used so I ordered some more, one yellow skein and one in dark green. I recently bought this lovely yellow raincoat and thought a yellow hat would go great with it so I set to this afternoon.
I started knitting just before 2pm and I was finished by 3pm, it was so fast and so easy. No ribbing, no fiddling and simple decreases. The only thing I found tricky was that my 20mm circular needles were 80cm long so I had lots of cord pulling to do. But it worked!
If you have never knit a hat before, I would say this is a great one to start with. In fact, as long as you know knit stitch, you can knit this hat. Because it’s knitted in the round, repeats of the knit stitch create stocking stitch whereas if you were knitting straight needles, you would have to alternate knit and purl rows.
If you want an amazing chunky hat (and I can’t see why you wouldn’t!) you will need:
200g Mondial Express yarn (buy it here UK) I will say that I only just had enough yarn so if your tension differs massively from mine, you might struggle with one skein
20mm circular needles. Like I said, mine are 80cm long, 60cm might be better if you can get them
Large tapestry needle
My head is 22″ (56cm). I usually drop 2″ to make sure the hat won’t slip over my eyes so this is a 20″ hat. Like I said, I only just had enough yarn so if you have a large head, two skeins would be better. However, this hat will fit headsizes 20-22″.
Gauge – 1 stitch = 1″
Cast on 20 stitches, place a stitch marker and join in the round, making sure the knitting isn’t twisted.
Knit every row until it measures about 7″ from cast off edge. This is 12 rows on mine.
Knit two together all the way round. 10 stitches remaining. It might get tight on your needles but it is possible, keep pulling the cord.
Knit every stitch.
At this point you will have very little yarn left. Thread it on to the tapestry needle and thread it though the loops on the needle, removing the needles as you go. Pull tight to close the hole.
Poke the yarn though into the inside and weave the ends in. Weave the cast on tail in and you have finished your super chunky hat!
I love my hat. I’m a little sad that I didn’t hae enough yarn for a pom-pom but I’m reluctant to spend another £12 just for a pom-pom. (Another reason for buying two skeins!)
I hope you enjoy making a super chunky hat, I’d love to see some finished results!