Monday, 5 May 2014

A simple pompon hat

What if you don't have any circular needle or double-pointed needle but you wish to knit a hat now?  Can you knit a hat only with your single-pointed needles? Yes, you can do it. I have recently knitted a simple pompon hat with single-pointed needles.

I knitted this pompon hat with the basic knitting pattern - Stockinette stitch. This pattern is created by alternating the entire rows of knit and purl stitches. It owns a much smoother appearance at the knit side and a much bumpy looking at the reverse side. I prefer the bumpy pattern as the right side of my hat. So, I took the purl side as the right side. Anyway, you can choose the knit side as the right side of your hat, just do it and create it now ......

I am going to show you how I knit my pompon hat. Follow the steps below and start to make your own pompon hat. 

The first thing that you need to do is to get a knitting piece done as shown at the above photos. You can do this by referring to the pattern at the last part of this post. I have written the pattern row by row.

After getting your knitting piece done, the first step is thread the needle with yarn and bind the both edges. Just sew it carefully with running stitch row by row and don't pull the yarn too tight. Photo no.2 shows the shape of the piece after binding the two edges. There is a hole at the centre. Now, turn to the wrong side, close the hole by basting the edge of the small hole evenly and pull the yarn tight as the photo shown. Then, make a knot and cut the yarn.

Next, make a pompon for the hat. First, wind the yarn round your hand until you reach your desired thickness. Then cut through the yarns at the both ends and tie the bundle of yarns at the center. Now, fluff the yarns by breaking up the fibres of each strand with a needle so that you have a complete fluffy ball. After that, slightly trim your pompon and sew it onto the center of the hat.


knitting abbreviations :
K - knit
Kfb - knit front and back
M1L - make one left
M1R - make one right
P - purl
Pfb - purl front and back
P2tog - purl two together

Yarn    : 100%  acrylic, weight 40g 
Needle : 2 pairs of single-pointed needle (size 4.5mm and 2mm)

Knitting pattern for pompon hat

row 1  :  Cast on 29 stitches
row 2  :  P29
row 3  :  Kfb, K3, M1R ,K1, M1L, *( K4, M1R, K1, M1L ) *4 times, K3, Kfb
row 4  :  Purl the whole row
row 5  :  Kfb, K5, M1R, K1, M1L, *( K6, M1R, K1, M1L ) *4 times, K5, Kfb
row 6  :  Purl the whole row
row 7  :  Kfb, K7, M1R, K1, M1L, *( K8, M1R, K1, M1L ) *4 times, K7, Kfb
row 8  :  Purl the whole row
row 9  :  Kfb, K9, M1R, K1, M1L, *( K10, M1R, K1, M1L ) *4 times, K9, Kfb
row 10:  Purl the whole row
row 11:  Kfb, K11, M1R, K1, M1L, *( K12, M1R, K1, M1L ) *4 times, K11, Kfb
row 12:  Purl the whole row

row 13:  K7, M1R, K1, M1L, *( K14, M1R, K1, M1L ) *5 times, K6
row 14:  Purl the whole row
row 15:  K8, M1R, K1, M1L, *( K16, M1R, K1, M1L ) *5 times, K7
row 16:  Purl the whole row
row 17:  K9, M1R, K1, M1L, *( K18, M1R, K1, M1L ) *5 times, K8
row 18:  Purl the whole row
row 19:  K10, M1R, K1, M1L, *( K20, M1R, K1, M1L ) *5 times, K9
row 20:  Purl the whole row
row 21:  K11, M1R, K1, M1L, *( K22, M1R, K1, M1L ) *5 times, K10

row 22:  Purl one row 
row 23:  Knit one row
Repeat row 22 and row 23 alternately about 15 times ( 30 rows in total ). You can change other different color yarn alternately at your desired rows here to create your own pattern.

row 24:  P1, P2tog, P9, P2tog, *( P12, P2tog ) *9 times, P9
row 25:  Knit the whole row

row 26:  *( P2, K2) * repeat until the end of the row.
Repeat row 26 fifteen times with another pair of smaller size needle at this part.

row 27:  Bind-off

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