CHUNKY HAT WITH ROLL UP BRIM by Roni Knutson

This pattern makes a really cute hat with a roll up hem that shows the purl side. I added two braided cords with short tassels at the ends to the top in bright contrast colours. If you have an LK150 you can probably knit it too, just adjust the tension (try T8 or T9 or whatever works for your machine. Knit one hat check the fit and adjust.) It's quick and easy to make and any beginner can do it (yes, even you!!).

Machine Any chunky 9 mm machine (I knit this on a Brother 260). No ribber needed
Size Fits approximately age 10 to adult (depending on yarn)
Materials Berella 4 in purple and turquoise. My hat weighed just under 2 ounces.
Gauge 4sts to the inch and 7 rows to the inch. I used T5 for this yarn. Knit one hat with whatever yarn you have, adjusting the tension for the yarn. When finished check the fit and adjust the pattern for your yarn making it bigger or smaller, longer or shorter as needed. In the photo on the right I made the hats out of all kinds of yarns, different weights, some came out smaller and some larger but then some heads are smaller and some larger. ;))

Cast on 36 - 0 - 36 sts (72 sts) using e-wrap and T5 leaving a 12 inch tail at the beginning for sewing up later. (note: on some hats I did 37-0-37 - it's not written in stone ;)) Push all the needles forward to D - less chance of them popping off.

Knit 21 rows in stocking stitch, more if you fancy it deeper or if you think your yarn is a little thin. Carriage at the left.

At this point you can put a card in (I used a two colour slip stitch pattern - 2P,3P, 5P, 7P, or 8P) or you can knit stripes or you can just keep it plain.

If you are using a Brother chunky, insert card, close card so it's continuous, lock on row 1, KC, knit 1 row to right, unlock card, remove main colour and insert 2nd colour. Part buttons in. Knit 44 rows in two colour slip (two rows one colour and 2 rows contrast) or if you don't want to do that, do plain or whatever you fancy (tip - I found that 7P looked better with 46 rows and 5P with 48 rows). If you are using an SK155 put the card in and lock it. Knit one row to right, unlock the card and begin pattern.

Transfer every other stitch to needle next to it. Empty needles to A position.

T4 Knit 2 rows.
T3 Knit 2 rows.
T2 Knit 2 rows.
T 1 knit 2 rows.
Cut yarn leaving a tail of about 30 inches for sewing up the seam. Thread a large bodkin with this yarn and thread through remaining stitches. Pull yarn tight and knot. Sew side seam. Don't forget that the inside becomes the outside about 5/8 th of an inch below the start of the pattern (at the curl of the brim) I used the starting tail of yarn to sew up the brim to that point.

Here's how I made the tassels.......just suggestions.....this hat is fine without any tassels.....or do your own thing, be creative.

1. Braided. Take 6 or 9, 20 inch lengths of the yarn used to make the hat. Tie overhand knot 11/2 inch from the end and braid together from that point. Tie another knot 1 1/2 inches from the other end. Fold in two and insert the fold through the small opening at the top of the hat. Attach on the inside with yarn. Trim knotted ends on outside.

2. Crochet. Take 3 to 6, 30 inch lengths of the yarn used to make the hat. Use large crochet hook to chain stitch the yarn, starting 1 1/2 inches from the end. Insert into hat.

3. Knotted. Take 6, 30 inch lengths of the yarn used to make the hat. Divide in two and knot continually (left over right, right over left). Insert into hat.

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