Using a measuring tape, measure around the head at the widest part. Then measure across the head from the tip of each ear to gain the diameter. Record the results.
For beginners and experienced knitters alike, obtain your gauge with a swatch by casting on and knitting 20 stitches wide by 20 rows deep. Use a ruler to count how many stitches make up an inch on the needles and how many rows make an inch. Record this information. The gauge will change from knitter to knitter, from yarn to yarn and with different sized needles.
Using this information, figure how many stitches you need to put on the needles and how many rows you will need to knit. For example: a hat with a circumference 21″ around and a gauge of 7 stitches per inch will need 147 stitches cast onto the needles. 7 x 21 = 147.
Divide the diameter by 2 and using the gauge information, figure how many rows you will need. For example: a total diameter of 18″ (a hat with room to roll up the sides at the ears), and a gauge of 6 rows per inch will need 54 rows. 18/2 = 9. 9 x 6 = 54. It’s a good idea to keep the ruler or measuring tape close at hand while you’re knitting and measure as you go.
Using two needles: Cast on the stitches you need from the information above. Decide what kind of stitch you will use. A garter stitch is simply all knit rows. A stockinet stitch is row of knit stitch and one row of pearl stitch. You can also make a hat with more stretch by using knit 1, pearl 1 across the row and then reverse (every knit stitch will be pearled and every pearl stitch will be knitted on the reverse row). Or use knit 2, pearl two. Experiment and have fun.
If using 4 needles: divide the stitches by three and cast on to 3 needles and knit in the round.
Using your chosen pattern, knit until you reach the diameter measurement. Cut off a 24″ long tail of yarn (do not pull the needles off your work). Keeping the stitches on the needle, thread the end of the tail through a yarn needle. Pass the needle through each stitch loop and take the stitch off the needle. Once all the stitches are off, pull tight to bring the top to a crown and stitch down the side of the cap. Top with a pom pom, tassel, or leave plain.
This winter hat is an easy project for any beginner to learn