Get your brackets filled in and knit up a cute basketball hat with my newest March knitting pattern!
Hey friends! Who’s ready for March Madness? I realize I’m a little late to the game to get this basketball hat to you for this year but hey, it’ll be out there and you can get to work now for next season if you don’t finish your cute little basketball hat in time! This one was another one of Aa’s ideas, although given that I’ve made a baseball hat and a football hat, I don’t know WHY I didn’t think of it. But still, it turned out super cute and was sooooo easy.Looking for the pattern? Here's how it works: This pattern is available for free in one size right here on my site (keep scrolling down). Or you can purchase an upgraded PDF pattern that is ad-free and easy to print in just one or two nicely formatted pages. The PDF printable also contains instructions for additional sizes including 0-3 months, 6 months, 12 months and 2T+! You can purchase the PDF patterns either via Etsy or Ravelry. There is a very small fee for the PDF version and this helps me keep Little Red Window running! Thank you so much for loving my patterns!
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Gauge: 20 st. = 4 inches
(If you need help, my favorite knitting reference book for everyone from beginners to advanced knitters is THIS ONE!)
Using long-tail cast on, cast on 64 stitches onto your circular needles with the orange yarn color. Join to knit in the round and k1, p1 in a rib stitch for 5 rounds.
Knit 18 rows in orange, then knit one row brown and then continue on knitting all rows in orange until the hat is about 4 1/2 inches long.
Decrease (divide your stitches evenly between 3 double pointed needles (24 stitches, 24 stitches, 16 stitches) and knit with the 4th):
Round 1: (k6, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 2: Knit all stitches
Round 3: (k5, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 4: Knit all stitches
Round 5: (k4, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 6: Use the fourth double pointed needle to knit all stitches to the end of the round.
Round 7: (k3, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 8: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 9: (k2, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 10: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 11: (k1, k2tog) and repeat to the end of the round.
Round 12: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 13: k2tog and repeat to the end of the round.
Cut yarn, pull through loops and close. Weave in ends.
Lay your completed hat out flat. Mark a line from the bottom front center of the brim, straight up across the top and down to the bottom back center. Thread a length of brown yarn on your yarn needle and sew relatively loosely along this line with a backstitch to make the center seam of the basketball hat.
Lay the hat out flat again and put stitch markers about 3/4 inch above and below where the vertical and horizonal brown lines meet. Do this on the front and the back, it’s where your curved lines will intersect. Then place 4 additional stitch markers on the sides, as shown, to mark where the curved lines of the basketball will hit the side of the hat. If you have a disappearing ink fabric pen you can also sketch these lines out.
Then thread your yarn needle with a length of brown yarn and again, backstitch between those stitch markers and shown in the diagram. Make sure your stitches are relatively loose so that the hat can still stretch! Weave in all ends.
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