Cold isn’t it! It certainly got a little nippier over the weekend, and suddenly that snow we were promised during last week’s balmier weather doesn’t seem so far-fetched! Pairing this with a broken heater in the offices and we’re considering hibernation for the rest of the winter. Before we take such drastic steps, we thought perhaps our books might have some cosy inspiration! Beanies and Bobble Hats by Fiona Goble is just the thing we need during this cold snap, so we thought we’d share this classic bobble hat pattern with you – this quick knit will warm you right up! Now…is it Spring yet?
THREE-COLOR BOBBLE HAT
Sometimes, only something classically simple will fit the bill. So here is a traditional bobble hat that you can customize to your own style. Knit it in two colors and add a bobble in another color—just like I have. Knit it totally plain. Or knit it in stripes. I’ve chosen a lovely cotton-rich yarn for this hat, so you can keep it to hand to ward off any cool spring breezes. And it’s chunky, so it will knit up in just an evening or two.
Rowan All Seasons Chunky (60% cotton, 40% acrylic) chunky yarn
1 x 3½ oz (100g) ball (93yd/85m) in shade 609 Jetsam (A)
1 x 3½ oz (100g) ball (93yd/85m) in shade 603 Drift (B)
1 x 3½ oz (100g) ball (93yd/85m) in shade 611 Samphire (C)
Needles and equipment
US 10½ (6.5mm) knitting needles
Yarn sewing needle
A pompom maker to make 2¾ in (7cm) pompoms, or two cardboard circles each measuring 2¾ in (7cm) in diameter with a 1¼ in (3cm) diameter hole in the center.
14 sts and 16 rows in stockinette (stocking) stitch to a 4-in (10-cm) square on US 10½ (6.5mm) needles.
The finished hat measures approx. 10½ in (50cm) circumference and 8¼ in (21cm) high excluding the pompom.
For the hat
Cast on 60 sts in A.
Row 1: [K2, p2] to end.
Rep row 1, 5 times more.
Break A and join in B.
Work 20 rows in st st beg with a k row.
Row 27: K4, [k2tog, k8] 5 times, k2tog, k4. (54 sts)
Row 28: Purl.
Row 29: K3, [sl2, k1, p2sso, k6] 5 times, sl2, k1, p2sso, k3.
Row 30: Purl.
Row 31: K2, [sl2, k1, p2sso, k4] 5 times, sl2, k1, p2sso, k2.
Row 32: Purl.
Row 33: K1, [sl2, k1, p2sso, k2] 5 times, sl2, k1, p2sso, k1.
Row 34: Purl.
Row 35: [Sl2, k1, p2sso] 6 times.
Break yarn, thread it through rem sts, and pull up securely.
To make up
Sew the back seam using mattress stitch.
Using the pompom maker or cardboard circles, make a pompom using C. Trim the pompom and use the tails of yarn to sew it to the top of the hat.
Weave in all loose ends.
Happy knitting and stay cosy!