Ok so you can’t actually knit this hat in 3 minutes but if I can walk 5.5 miles to buy the wool, design the pattern, knit the hat and look after 2 demanding toddlers all within the space of a day then I think it counts as a pretty quick project and perfect for any last minute gift knitting you may need to do in time for Christmas.
The design came about because my niece said she wanted a blue hat with a pompom for Christmas, this was the first time she had every requested anything knitted so I was very excited – the excitement was also why I thought it was a good idea to walk over 5 miles to buy a single ball of wool! It is based on my pine forest slouch hat pattern that I released last year but converted to use a super chunky yarn rather than a fingering weight yarn, partly to speed up the knitting process but mainly because an over sized chunky slouch hat would suit my niece better given her age and style. I’ve used an acrylic yarn here because the finished hat is going to a none knitting household and I didn’t want to stress my sister out with complicated washing instructions but feel free to substitute for yarns with wool or other natural fibre content according to your tastes.
One note of caution – this hat is designed to use up the whole ball of yarn so please be mindful of the tension, if your tension doesn’t match that recommended in the pattern you will be at significant risk of not having enough yarn to finish the hat.
Needles: 7mm circular for ribbing and 7.5mm circular for main body of hat.
Yarn: 1 x 100g/ 100m ball of Stylecraft Weekender in colour 3687 Petrol
*please note there will not be enough yarn to knit the hat AND make a matching pompom so you will need scraps of an alternative yarn to make a two tone pompom if you wish to attach one, here I used scraps of some early handspun yarn *
Tension: 12 stitches and 18 rows = 10cm over patterned section
Notions: Tapestry needle for weaving in ends, pompom maker (or cardboard circles)
Abbreviations: K = Knit
P = Purl
YO = Yarn over needle
Cast on 68sts using 7mm circular needle (ideally using a circular needle with a 40cm cable but you may use a longer cable and the magic loop method if needed).
Join in the round, being careful not to twist your stitches and work 9 rounds of K2, P2 ribbing.
Main body of hat:
Round 1: Knit
Round 2: K1, *YO, K2, pass YO over the 2 knit stitches, K2; repeat from * to last 3 stitches, YO, K2, pass YO over the 2 knit stitches.
Round 3: Knit
Round 4: K3, *YO, K2, pass YO over the 2 knit stitches, K2; repeat from * to last 3 stitches, K3
Repeat these 4 pattern rounds 5 more times (6 pattern repeats in total), by this point to hat should measure 19cm from cast on edge.
Round 1: K2, K2together to end (52 stitches)
Round 2: Purl
Round 3: K2, K2together to last 3 stitches, K3 (39 stitches)
Round 4: Purl
Round 5: K2, K2together to last 3 stitches, K3 (30 stitches)
Round 6: Purl
Round 7: K2together to last stitch, K1 (12 stitches)
Pull end of yarn through and draw tight, weave in ends.
If you wish you can add a pompom using leftovers from the hat and any co-ordinating scraps you have in stash.