Sunday, August 30, 2009

Simple Beanie aka Lollipop Hat

Option 1
Multiple Colors
Option 2
2 Colors
Option 3
3 Colors




My daughter needed some warm hats for the cold weather we have been having and as I had just bought a whole bunch of yummy super soft merino yarn in ten different colors, she decided she needed a hat in every color and combination possible with green being her favorite, so hence the idea. I wanted a pattern that is easy to customize, to create different looks. Therefore there are simple instructions here as well as several different options for varying the look of the hats.
My daughter calls all the hats I am making using this pattern “Lollipop Hats” ... hence the name...her names usually stay over mine.  Have fun creating your own combinations using the pattern as a guide.


Sizes: XS (S, M, L)
To fit head: 41-46 (46-51, 48-54, 51-56) cm or 16-18 (18-20, 19-21, 20-22)”

Yarn Required
83 (100, 114, 128) meters or 90 (110, 125, 140) yards of DK wool yarn.  (Use either a single color or several).

Suggested Yarn:
Dia Twist DK by Colour Adventures (100% merino; 229 m/250 yds in 115 g/4.0 oz)
Cloud DK by Colour Adventures (80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon;
211 m/231 yds in 100 g/3.5 oz)
Option 1 is shown in Georgin, Citrus, Lemon, Fresh Leaves, Forget Me Not, Blue Bell, and Blush colorways
Option 2 is shown in Chilly and Mauve colorways
Option 3 is shown in Georgin, Citrus, and Blush colorways

Gauge: 21-22 sts per 4 inches in stockinette stitch on 4 mm/US #6 needles or size required to meet gauge.
Notions
3.5 mm/US #4 circular needles (30 or 40 cm/16”)
4 mm/US #6 circular needles (40 cm/16")
4 mm/US #6 double pointed needles or long circular for magic looping.
Stitch marker

Abbreviations
k2tog =knit 2 stitches together
skp = slip one stitch, knit the following stitch, pass the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch.
st/s = stitch/es.
m1 = make one new st; using left needle from front to back - lift running strand between stitches, and then knit into the back loop of the strand.
k = knit.

Pattern Instructions
Plain Hat
Using smaller sized needles  (3.5 mm/US 4) cast on 65 (75, 85, 95) sts.
Join in the round and knit 8 rounds.
Increase Rnd: *K13 (15, 17, 19), m1* repeat to the end of round. 70 (80, 90, 100) sts.
Change to bigger needles (4 mm/US #6) and knit until the hat measures 10 (11.5, 12.5, 14) cm or 4 (4.5, 5, 5.5) inches from the rolled up rim or 12.5 (14, 15, 16.5) cm or 5 (51/2, 6, 6.5) inches from the cast on edge.
Crown Shaping
Rnd 1: *skp, k6, k2tog* repeat to the end of the round. Total 56 (64, 72, 80) sts.
Rnd 2-5: knit
Rnd 6: *skp, k4, k2tog* repeat to the end of the round. 42 (48, 54, 60) sts.
Rnd 7-9: knit
Rnd 10: *skp, k2, k2tog* repeat to the end of the round. 28 (32, 36, 40) sts.
Rnd 11-12: knit
Rnd 13: *skp, k2tog* repeat to the end of the round. 14 (16, 18, 20) sts.
Rnd 14: knit
Rnd 15: *k2tog* repeat to the end of the round.  7 (8, 9, 10) sts.
Break yarn, thread through remaining stitches, and fasten off. If you want to put a pom-pom on top, then leave about 25 cm/10 inch tail to attach it.  Weave in any loose ends.

Option 1 (multiple colors):
Using main color and smaller needles (3.5 mm/US #4), work as for the Plain Hat up to the Increase Rnd
You should have 70 (80, 90, 100) sts.
Knit one more round in main color and change to bigger needles (4 mm/US #6).
Then knit with as many colors you want (see example color sequence given below) until the hat measures 10 (11.5, 12.5, 14) cm or 4 (4.5, 5, 5.5) inches from the rolled up rim or 12.5 (14, 15, 16.5) cm or 5 (5.5, 6, 6.5) inches from the cast on edge.
Tip: see the link at the end for a method to weave in ends as you work.
Work Crown Shaping as for the Plain Hat.
Weave in all loose ends.
The hat pictured above used 7 colors.
The stripes are organized in the following sequence from bottom up:
8 rnds, *6 rnds, 4 rnds, 3 rnds, 3 rnds, 3 rnds*, repeat * * till the end. Each number of rnds represents a different color.

Option 2 (2 colors):

Using CC and smaller needles (3.5 mm/US #4), cast on 90 (100, 110, 120) sts.
Knit for 4 rnds.
Next round: *knit 7 (8, 9, 10), k2tog* repeat to the end of the round.  80 (90, 100, 110) sts.
Knit 2 rnds.
Next round: *knit 6 (7, 8, 9), k2tog* repeat to the end of the round.  
You should have 70 (80, 90, 100) stitches.
Knit 2 rounds.
Next Rnd: Change to MC and knit to the last 2 sts, k2tog.
The sts were decreased by 1 to give an odd number of stitches for the smooth flow of the seed stitch pattern.
You should have 69 (79, 89, 99 sts).
Rnd 1: *k1, p1* repeat to the last st, k1.
Rnd 2: *p1, k1* repeat to the last st, p1.
Repeat Rnd 1 & 2, for 3 times more for a total of 8 rounds.
Change to CC and bigger needles (4mm/US#6) k1, m1, knit to the end of rnd.
You should have 70, (80, 90, 100) sts.
Rnd 1: purl
Rnd 2: knit
Repeat Rnds 1 and 2 for two more times, then repeat Rnd 1 only.
Change to MC and knit until the hat measures 10 (11.5, 12.5, 14) cm or 4 (4.5, 5, 5.5) inches from the rolled up rim or 12.5 (14, 15, 16.5) cm or 5 (5.5, 6, 6.5) inches from the cast on edge.
Work Crown Shaping as for the Plain Hat.
Once done attach some kind of a decorative button to the garter stitch.

Option 3 (3 colors):

Using main color and smaller needles
(3.5 mm/US #4), work as for the ‘Plain Hat up to the Increase Rnd. 
You should have 70 (80, 90, 100) sts.
Knit one more round in main color.
Change to bigger needles (4 mm/US #6).
With color A knit 5 rnds.
Using main color knit for 8 rnds.
With color B knit 5 rnds.
Using main color knit 8 rnds.
And so on until the hat measures 10 (11.5, 12.5, 14) cm or 4 (4.5, 5, 5.5) inches from the rolled up rim or 12.5 (14, 15, 16.5) cm or 5 (5.5, 6, 6.5) inches from the cast on edge.
Work Crown Shaping as in the Plain Hat.
Weave in all loose ends.

Add a pom-pom on top for a cute finishing touch.

19 comments:

  1. These are adorable....I'm knitting hats for our church to give to school kids who have no winter clothes.
    These will be perfect, and so stylish as well...no reason warm can't be fashionable:)

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  2. I have tried to print this pattern but no luck. Can you tell me what Iam doing wrong. Thank you.
    mirlbeckstead@yahoo.com

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  3. hi! i would love to make the first hat for my son who is 4 so i'd like to make it a little larger but i cannot figure out how to switch it...please let me know! thanks so much

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  4. HI! I AM A FIRST TIME KNITTER, AND I WANT TO DO A LOLLIPOP HAT FOR MY LITTLE GIRL. WHEN IT SAYS ON OPTION 2 TO SWITCH TO COLOR B AND K2TO AND THEN SEED STITCH THE ENTIRE ROUND. WILL THE NEXT ROUND COUNT AS ONE OF THE NEXT 8 ROUNDS OR DO I P1 K1 AND THEN START COUNTING THE 8 ROUNDS. I WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR HELP. LEEANN
    CAPPS4922@CHARTER.NET

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  5. I have completed the option 2 hat... My girl loves it too... Thanks for the sharing ;)

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  6. I really admire your designs and knitting skills. I wanted to knit a hat for my girl and instead of using the various block colours i stumbled across a self striping yarn (fair isle effect)...as it is my first hat as a beginner i was so amazed and excited at how it has turned out. My little girl loves it and wore it even with the sun out. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. The pattern has been converted to pdf form:)

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  9. I would love to make this for an adult! Any ideas on how to convert the pattern? thx!

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  10. Actually it is my first hat ever knitted! It fits my daughters baby dolls, so I am going to have to increase the size for actually babies! Stay posted for new and upcoming look.


    Golf Hats

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  11. I would love to make this hat for adults - how do I convert pattern. Have made several hats for my grandchildren. Love the pattern Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Just found this lovely hat on AllFreeKnitting and - like others - would love to have instructions for Adult sizing - women and men.

    Thanks so much!!!!

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  13. SSK anywhere else is slip/slip/knit - this is confusing for me, so I shall change it to slip/knit/psso before I print this. What size is 4mm in US, please? And where do I use the DPNs??? Thank you - this is a gorgeous hat and I have a gorgeous grand-daughter - and another grandbaby on the way (gender unknown at this moment LOL) so will be making many if I can sort this out.

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    1. jeannie I think the needles in us are size 8; and you use the DPNS when the decreased size gets too small to handle on the circulars.
      I hope this is helpful.

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    2. Size 4 mm needles are U.S. size 6.

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  14. Am a beginner knitter as well, have knitted a few beanies an i am loving it so much! however having a slight issue with my colors not lining up right there is always a slight jag where the beginning of the color begins any ideas as to what i am doing wrong or not doing right thanx!!!!

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  15. How do I adapt this pattern to fit an adult head?

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  16. I make hats for knit a square a charity that helps orphaned children in South Africa and these hats will be perfect.
    Thank you for sharing this.

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