bamboo hat

Well, this may not be the most flattering of photos, but I don’t particularly care… the hat looks mag.

Silly hat, early morning

This is knit from my Fat Cat Knits “little luxuries” November fiber club offering – silk, bamboo and merino wool. Not technically shatnez, thank G-d, as it is not wool and linen, though it *is* wool and a plant fiber and a… bug… fiber? At any rate, I don’t follow that prohibition, but I’d be heartbroken if I ever decided to do so and had to lose the hat!

It is squishy and floppy and warm. The yarn wound up being about a bulky weight/gauge, and I improvised the pattern. Knit on it through the showing of The Blind Side, and cast off when I got home. OMG decreases in the dark, y’all.

TOP of silly hat

So excited I had to take a picture this morning, just rolled out of bed, in PJs, haven’t even combed mah hair! What would Grandma say???

C/O 68 st. of your bulky handspun on 16″ #10 circs.
Knit 2×2 rib until it’s about 1.5″
Increase row 1 – inc. (kfb) into every 10th stitch.
Increase row 2 – knit straight
Increase row 3 – inc. (kfb) into every 10th stitch.
Increase row 4 – knit straight
Increase row 5 – inc (kfb) into every 10th stitch.
You can increase a few more or you can leave it be at this point, depending on how slouchy you want the hat. I was happy at this point and stopped increasing.
Knit st st straight until the hat is WHOAH a little big, y’all, like 9-10″ long, and you need to start decreasing because you’re gonna run out of yarn.
decrease row #1 – Dec. every 10 stitches.
decrease rows 2-3 – knit straight
decrease row 4 – dec. every 8 stitches
decrease rows 5-6 – knit straight
decrease row 7 – dec. every 6 stitches
decrease rows 8-9 – knit straight
decrease rows 10 – dec. every 4 stitches
decrease rows 11-12 – knit straight
decrease row 13 – dec every 2 stitches
decrease row 14 – knit straight
Run tail of yarn through stitches left on circular needle 2x and cinch the back of the hat closed. It will gather a lot. Floppy and faaabulous.

I turn 40 tomorrow. Holy cow. How in the sam hill did that happen?


About Maia Rainwood

Owner and Maker at Maia Rainwood Design. Wearable art for wise women, birth keepers, witches, and world-builders.
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3 Responses to bamboo hat

  1. Mouse says:

    Happy Birthday! My mom shares a birthday with you as well..

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