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Friday, March 16, 2007

Passerby MK Hat 3

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I'm doing a series of "Mindless Knitting" hats which are very easy and/or boring to knit. I wanted to make some hats that I could easily put down and then later pick up without scratching my head trying to figure out where I was in the pattern. And I wanted something that I could easily knit in dim lighting, or even while talking to DH without having to worry about losing count. Besides, V is always telling me that I should choose simpler patterns, or that things don't always need to be hard (actually this was in reference to learning Latin, but I'm sure it also applies to knitting, lol). So these Mindless Knitting hats so are easy/boring that you can basically do them without having to refer to the pattern. There's nothing fancy about them, mostly basic knit/purl, no cables, no yarn overs, twist stitches, etc. They're so simple that you don't even need a row counter to help you keep track of which round you're in.

I actually saw a high school student wearing a hat with this pattern, hence the name Passerby Hat. The pseudo-pattern below is based on what I saw during the 3 seconds I saw her hat as we walked past each other while walking down the street. Her hat was a light cream colored hat so it wasn't too difficult to get a good look at the pattern in those few seconds.

What I loved about her hat is the big fold up brim ... I'm thinking, this is a GREAT way to use up all that blue variegated yarn. Sorry, it's not very easy to see what the hat pattern looks like with this yarn; It'd look better in a solid. And yes, it's another poorly lit nighttime shot too.

I'm also trying something new here with placing the "notes" section above the "pattern" section. This pseudo-pattern was intended to be a rough outline... but then I kept adding stuff and then adding more stuff ("oh wait, what if someone wants to know this", better add it), now it looks pretty much like a regular full blown pattern, lol. Anyhowz, here it is if you're interested...

Stitches used in this hat include:
Knit-Two Purl-Two Ribbing, BW1 pg 39
Reverse Stockinette Stitch, MT pg 4
Stockinette Stitch, BW1 pg 10

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Passerby Hat
© Designed by S.M. Kahn, Mar 2007
Smariek Knits -=<>=-


Basic Bind Off instructions can be found on this page here:

Basic Cast-on instructions can be found on this page here:

CO = Cast on

K = Knit.
K# = Knit # number of stitches, where # indicates the number of stitches to be knit.
Video to show you how to knit can be found here:

K2TOG = Knit 2 stitches together.
Video showing how to do K2Tog can be found here:

P = Purl.
P# = Purl # number of stitches, where # indicates the number of stitches to be purled.
Video to show you how to purl can be found here:

* ... * = work everything between asterisks across the round.
(asterisks are described here: )


Please read "Notes" section before starting; it contains almost everything I think you may need to know to work this pattern. I think the only thing I haven't defined is "K2 P2 ribbing", you can email me if you have questions about how to do this.

This hat is knitted in the round with circular needles.

WW yarn. US8 (5mm) needles. CO 96 sts, join in round.

Work K2 P2 ribbing for about 5 inches (~12.5 cm). Part of this is the fold up brim, adjust length as desired.

Rounds 1-4: Knit
Rounds 5-8: Purl

Repeat rounds 1-8 until desired length (learning towards longer as the decrease section is pretty short).

Decrease Round 1: Knit
Decrease Round 2: * K12, K2Tog *
Decrease Round 3: * K11, K2Tog *
Decrease Round 4: * K10, K2Tog *
Decrease Round 5: * K9, K2Tog *
Decrease Round 6: * K8, K2Tog *
Decrease Round 7: * K7, K2Tog *
Decrease Round 8: * K6, K2Tog *
Decrease Round 9: * K5, K2Tog *
Decrease Round 10: * K4, K2Tog *
Decrease Round 11: * K3, K2Tog *
Decrease Round 12: * K2, K2Tog *
Decrease Round 13: * K1, K2Tog *
Decrease Round 14: * K2Tog *

Cut yarn, thread through remaining stitches and fasten off. Weave ends.


8 stitch(es):

Amanda1 said...

That is a great hat! Thanks for sharing pattern!

Kathy said...

You have made this hat so that a non-knitter could make it by using all of the Helps. You should be in a Hall of Fame for instructors.

Kathy in Indianapolis

Joan said...

Marie, I love your hats, you clever girl, but you need a model to best showcase them and give them a sense of scale. No Margaux in your neck of the woods? LOL.

Lana said...

I like your site and your knitting! Check out my knitting on my site.

Lillian said...

Cute hat! I bet that blue & white yarn would look good in a stitch pattern that 'moves' up&down - something like feather & fan, or razor shell from Barbara Walker's treasury. (I tried posting this a few days ago and it didn't show up, sorry if it shows up twice now)

junior_goddess said...

Good going, M!



Where have you been?
I look forward to reading your posts!
Hope everything is O.K. and that you will post again soon because I am going through SMarie Knits withdrawal:-)

Anonymous said...

naww this is adorable !

thankyou so much for sharing :)(: