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Scofflaw (Free Hat Pattern)

Scofflaw
Curt is seen here wearing the medium size and has a 22” (56 cm) circumference head.

This fun hat pattern has an easy to remember repeat for easy, mindless knitting. The delightful eyelets make for an ideal autumn or spring hat for any teen or adult. The length can be easily adapted, so if you prefer more of a beanie, you can easily subtract repeats or add them for more of a slouch.

Worked in the round, Scofflaw contains written directions and charts. This hat pattern features 3 sizes; Small, Medium, & Large.

Scofflaw is written to be worked on circular needles. When the crown becomes too small to continue, you’ll switch to the magic loop method. However, the pattern notes do contain details should you wish to use double pointed needles throughout instead.

Remember to make a project page on Ravelry and link up to the pattern – I’m always looking for new pictures to share on the project pages and love seeing everyone’s completed projects. ❤

 


Skill Level

Intermediate

Glossary

  • K: Knit.
  • K2tog: Knit 2 stitches together.
  • P: Purl.
  • S2tog-k1-p2sso: Slip 2 stitches together knitwise, knit 1, then pass slipped stitches over.
  • Yo: Wrap the working yarn over the right needle, from front to back (counter-clockwise).

Materials Used

  • US7 (4.5 mm) 16” (41 cm) circular needle, or size to obtain gauge
  • US8 (5 mm) 16” (41 cm) circular needle, or size to obtain gauge
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Stitch Marker
  • 130-160 yds (119-146 m) worsted weight yarn

Suggested Yarn

Manos Del Uruguay Gloria – 100% Merino 219 Yards/100 Grams – Colorway: Nostalgia

Gauge

18 Stitches by 22 rows worked in the round in stockinette stitch = 4” (10 cm) on US8 (5 mm) needles, before blocking. Gauge is crucial in obtaining the correct fit. Changes in gauge will result in size difference for your finished hat.

Size Information

Small (S): 18” (46 cm) circumference, 10.5” (27 cm) deep. An ideal size for 18-20” (46-51 cm) circumference heads.
Medium (M): 20” (51 cm) circumference, 10.5” (27 cm) deep. An ideal size for 20-22” (52-56 cm) circumference heads.
Large (L): 22” (56 cm) circumference, 10.5” (27 cm) deep. An ideal size for 22-24” (56-61 cm) circumference heads.

Old Norwegian Cast-On:

Step 1: Make a slip knot, leaving a long tail. Place the slip knot on the right-hand needle and hold the yarn in the slingshot position with your left hand.
Step 2: Insert the needle tip under both strands of the tail yarn on your thumb.
Step 3: Come over the top and down into the thumb loop, coming out underneath the strand that is in front of your thumb.
Step 4: Bend your left thumb toward the index finger and reach over the top of the strand on your index finger. The loop on your thumb now has an X in it.
Step 5: Bring the needle tip through the bottom half of the X (nearest the needle), grab the index finger yarn to make your new stitch, drop the thumb loop, and tighten stitch.

Repeat steps 2-5 until you have the desired number of stitches for your project. If you are an incredibly tight knitter, you may wish to use larger needles to ensure you’re going to have a stretchy enough cast-on. If this cast-on is new to you, you may prefer a video tutorial. Very Pink Knits has a great one found here; https://verypink.com/2012/01/04/german-twistedold-norwegian-cast-on/

Dividing stitches for DPNs:

If you find using DPNs more comfortable, divide your stitches evenly between 3 DPNs.

Dividing stitches for magic loop:

If you’re knitting your hat using magic loop, you’ll divide your stitches with half on the first needle and half on the second needle. https://www.purlsoho.com/create/magic-loop/

Scofflaw

 

 


Pattern Instructions

Using the Old Norwegian cast-on or your preferred hat cast-on and your smaller needles, cast on 80 [96, 112] stitches. Place marker and join in the round, ensuring not to twist.

Brim:
With smaller needles.
Rounds 1-16: *K2, p2; repeat from * across round.

Pattern:
Switch to your larger needles.
Round 17: Knit across round.
Round 18: *Yo, k2, s2tog-k1-p2sso, k2, yo, k1; repeat from * across round.
Rounds 19-56: Repeat rows 17-18.

Crown:
Round 57: Knit across round.
Round 58: *Yo, k2, s2tog-k1-p2sso, k3; repeat from * across round.
Round 59: Knit across round.
Round 60: *Yo, k2, s2tog-k1-p2sso, k2; repeat from * across round.
Round 61: Knit across round.
Round 62: *Yo, k2, s2tog-k1-p2sso, k1; repeat from * across round.
Round 63: Knit across round.
Round 64: *Yo, k2, s2tog-k1-p2sso; repeat from * across round.
Round 65: Knit across round.
Round 66: *K2, k2tog; repeat from * across round.
Round 67: *K1, k2tog; repeat from * across round.
Round 68: *K2tog; repeat from * across round.

Cut yarn, leaving a foot for closing the end and weaving in. With your tapestry needle, run yarn through your remaining stitches and pull gently to close the crown of your hat.

Finishing:
Weave in all your ends and soak your hat in lukewarm water for 20 minutes. Block your hat with a balloon, mannequin head, or lay flat to dry. Let air dry completely. Happy Knitting! ❤

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