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Friday, November 21, 2008

My Knitted Hat with Pockets

Well, as it turns out, JoeY got his hat yesterday (that was quick, huh?).  I can finally post pictures and a pattern :)

First of all, I started the hat last Friday; I have Friday's off of work so I had plenty of time to knit.  I got  a little farther than this picture shows:
Then Saturday, I had my knitting day... I decided I needed a break from knitting in the round, so I would make the pocket pieces.  I was able to get the pocket pieces finished, buy the buttons, plus get a little bit more of the hat done:
On Sunday, I had a trip up to my dad's planned... knitting supplies in car, I left for the hour drive.  Once at my dads the knitting bag came out and I started back at it.  I was committed to getting this hat done!  I knitted and knitted... but with Jordan and other people around it was hard to stay focused.  I was able to start the decreasing to form the top.  No Pictures of my progress that day.

I went to work Monday and all I could think about was getting home to finish this... I knew I didn't have that much work left.  After work I came right home and hit the needles :)
I finished knitting the hat!!!
Now to add the pockets... the pockets are in 4 pieces, two pockets and two flaps, plus the buttons had to be added to the pocket pieces.  I started with adding the buttons, then attached the pocket pieces to the hat, then I attached the pocket flaps.  It took a lot more time to add those pockets then I expected!

Here is the finished product... scroll past the pattern to see the hat on it's new owner:

Pattern here : 

You'll need:
*3 to 4 oz. of worsted weight yarn
*Size 8 - 16" circular needle (whatever gives you gauge)
*yarn needle for weaving in ends and sewing on your pocket.
*one stitch marker

For an adult cast on 80, child 72, toddler 64 stitches . Being careful not to twist your stitches, join.
Knit all rows until piece measures 7" adult, 6" child, 5 " toddler.  
(If you are making this for a boy, add four rows of Knit one row, purl next row or 4 rows of your choice of ribbing so the bottom doesn't roll.)
To complete top of hat (for knitting on the on circular or 4 double points):
Row 1: Knit 6 , K 2 tog around
Row 2 and all even: Knit
Row 3: Knit 5, Knit 2 tog
Row 5: Knit 4, K 2 tog
Row 7: Knit 3, K2 tog
Row  9: Knit 2, K 2 tog
Row 11: Knit 1, K 2 tog
Row 13: Knit 2 tog
Break off leaving a 12" tail. Run yarn through stitches and fasten off. Weave in ends

For knitting on straights, work same as above but purl on your even rows.   Fasten off top, same as above then weave your side seam using a mattress stitch.

Pockets:  Make 2
pockets are done in seed stitch . I've used size 8 needles and cast on 12 stitches.
Row 1: K1 , P1 across
Row 2: P1, K1, across
repeat those two rows for 3" . Work 2 more rows in Knit only
Bind off as if to knit.  Leave a tail long enough for sewing on the pocket

top of the pocket (2) is worked as follows:
Cast on 12 stitches (leaving a long enough tail for sewing)
work 6 rows of seed stitch.
Decrease rows.
Keeping in pattern knit or purl 2 together at the end of each row until only 3 stitches remains. Work about 1" of I-cord. Form into a button hole loop.  Fasten off. 

Dividing hat in half, pin a pocket on each side up about 2" from the bottom..  Sew on using a mattress stitch.  Match pocket top directly above and sew across the top seam.  Add a cute button to the pocket bottom and you are all done.

Here is JoeY and his new hat :)
He loves it, obviously :)


Kristi said...

Is this Greek? It may as well be for all I know about knitting! LOL
The hat looks great though!

Lovi said...

that is very cool! I love the pockets. My favorite color is orange and my mom knitted me an orange because they are so hard to find.

Lovi said...

also, one day you'll have to post to tell us if he ever put something in those pockets. I'm thinking that's where I woud put an emergency quarter.

Lynne said...

love the hat!!
You remind me of my grandma (in knitting terms) and she was the best person I ever knew.

Loopy said...

You do great work Ang. With your busy life I don't know how you find the time to knit.

Anonymous said...

good job angela!!!

Dawn said...

Looks great! And to a quarter any good in an emergency anymore???

Dana Leigh said...

I've been thinking about learning to knit. How did you learn? I've been looking at some how-to videos on YouTube. I'm left handed so I don't know how hard it would be for me. I'm debating on taking a 101 knitting class at JoAnn's.


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