Possibly the easiest hat pattern ever—perfect for someone just learning, or as quick gift idea for the more experienced knitter.
You can have it plain, but the jingle bells will lift your spirits—and make it very easy to find your loved one in a crowd!
Yarn: Noro Kureyon color 102
Needles: 16” Circular #9
Gauge: 4 st/inch. Not crucial for this project.
Notions: Yarn needle; 6-10 jingle bells, if desired
Sizes: child (adult)
Cast on 60 (65) stitches. Join for working in the round, making sure that your stitches aren’t twisted at the join.
Body of Hat
Every row: Knit.
Knit until the hat measures 8 (8.5) inches.
If you like, work a decrease row at the end: *k2tog* for one round for less bulk. If not, go on to the next step.
With stitches still on needle, cut a “tail” of yarn approximately 12” long.
Thread yarn needle with the tail, and slip needle into stitches , transferring them off the circular needle as you go.
When all stitches are moved off the circular needle, cinch the tail, pulling all stitches together. Tug gently so as not to break yarn. Use remaining length to sew the top stitches together and weave in end securely.
Jingle bells: Cut a length of yarn approximately 18” long and thread on needle. Come from the inside out top ring of stitches, leaving approximately 6” hanging inside the hat. String a jingle bell on and sew back into top ring, leaving and inch or two of yarn on either side of the bell. Repeat for number of bells desired. When you’re finished, bring the yarn end back through to the inside of the hat; tie a secure knot with hanging yarn and weave both ends in securely.