Sunday, December 20, 2009

5-hour Hat and Gaiter

 UPDATED 02/26/16

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[The yarn used for this pattern has since been discontinued. Please substitute Dyeabolical Super Bulky yarn, available at the link above.]

This hat and gaiter pattern is a quick and warm knit perfect for beginners or for those (like me) who need a quick and fast project. Knitting took 5 hours total. The hat is made for a 22-23" head. I can pull it firmly down over my ears and it fits great. If you don't want to smoosh your hair, you may want to increase the total length before decreasing.


Yarn: Both the hat and gaiter can be made from one 8-oz. skein of Dyeabolical Unspun 2-ply roving/yarn with plenty left over for a longer crown, longer gaiter, a giant pom-pom, ear flaps, ties, wristwarmers or just to keep on your desk to reach over and smoosh every so often. [Note: Unspun has been discontinued. Please substitute 8oz of super bulky yarn, or about 2.5 skeins of Dyeabolical Super Bulky]

Gauge: 9 stitches = 4", post steam blocking

Needle size: I used US 11 double points. I am a notoriously loose knitter. You may find it easier to get gauge on US 13.


Using knitted cast on, cast on 40 stitches on a size 11 dpn

Row 1, 3, 5, 7: Knit
Rows 2, 4, 6, 8: Purl
Rows 9: [k2tog, k8] around--36 stitches remain
Row 10-26: Knit
Row 27: [k2tog, k2] around--27 stitches remain
Row 28: knit
Row 29: [k2tog, k1] around--18 stitches remain
Row 30: Knit
Row 31: [k2tog] around--9 stitches remain
Row 32: k2tog around to last stitch, knit last stitch

Break yarn, weave through remaining stitches and pull tight. Weave in ends. Steam block to finish.


C/O 44 stiches on size 11
Row 1, 3, 5: Knit
Row 2, 4, 6: Purl
Row 7: *K2tog, K9* around--40 stitches
Row 8-18: Knit
Row 19: *Pfb, K9* around--44 stitches
Row 20, 22, 24: Knit
Row 21, 23: Purl
Row 25: Cast off

Weave in ends. Steam block to finish.

You can also use the gaiter as a headband!
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  1. Thank you for this cute, easy pattern. The hat I made will be going to the Innu kids of Natuashish and Sheshasuit in Northern Labrador via Wool Aid.

  2. I love the gaiter hat/headband! Planning on giving it a go & having it ready to wear for this up-coming winter=) TY!

  3. Can you do this with circular needles?

  4. Yes, you can do this on circulars. The gaiter was quick on circular, the hat a bit tighter, so I switched over to two sets of circulars to finish it up. I avoid dpns and almost always use two sets if circulars when things get tight.

  5. If anyone starts doing this, i found that the hat was just a bit too short for most heads. I started the decreases at row 32 instead and the hat came out big enough for even my large-headed guys. Even with increasing length, I used less than one skein of Loops and Threads Charisma on both items, so less than 106 yards. I'm thinking about 90 yards total.


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