We’ve been having a particularly chilly winter here in the Pacific Northwest, and all we can seem to talk about is bundling up for winter. At the beginning of this season, we shared our tutorial for making a ribbed knit scarf. Now we are following up that project with a DIY knit hat to match your scarf. The ultimate pairing to get you through the colder months! This project is great for beginning knitters because it only uses one skein of yarn, while the scarf uses three.
Start by picking out your yarn. We used Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky yarn from Knit Picks (link in Shop this Project) because it is super soft, and affordable for a natural fiber. This yarn is also pre-washed, so your DIY knit hat won’t shrink if you machine wash it. Just like our scarf, you will need circular knitting needles (we used used US10/6mm size needles on a 24” circular). You will also need double pointed needles to knit a homemade beanie, it makes the process much easier when you start tapering the hat at the top.
With this project, we’re introducing a new knitting technique – SSK, which stands for slip, slip, knit. This stitch creates a left leaning decrease as you work your way through the top of the beanie. Download the printable instructions below for the pattern to make this DIY knit hat! Next, watch our short videos to help you through each stitch. You can make a simple hat, or you can add a fun accent with a faux fur or yarn pom pom at the top. For the fur pom, simply stuff a 6-inch circle of fur and hand stitch it up (find the circle included in the pattern). Be sure to refer to our tips and tricks for sewing with faux fur so you are fully equipped to work with the material. We decided to sew snaps onto the top of the beanie and the bottom of the pom poms to easily change them out!
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