I’ve been knitting for over 25 years, and I still find the simplest stitches that I’ve never seen before. I came across the hurdle stitch on Pinterest (seriously, what on earth did we do before Pinterest??) and had to try it. It’s incredibly easy, alternating knit rows, purl rows, and p1, k1 rows. And the result is so squishy and gorgeous that I’m going to have to use it for a zillion more projects. First, though, this incredibly cozy hat!
O Holy Night Hat
Needles: size 13 (9mm), 16” and set of 4 double pointed needles for decreases at top of hat.
Yarns used: Big Twist Natural Blend (super bulky (6); 80% acrylic, 20% wool; 98 yards/142 grams), 1 skein of Natural Blend Marine Blue.
(You could also use Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick.)
Yardage: 98 yards
Gauge: 2.3 stitches per inch; 3.5 rows per inch.
Other Notions: one stitch marker.
Final Measurements: Child/Teen: 21” (Adult: 22.5”; Lg. Adult: 24”). All sizes will be written Child/Teen (Adult, Lg. Adult) in the pattern.
k – knit
p – purl
k2tog – knit two together
Cast on 48 (52, 56) sts. Join into a round, making sure not to twist your stitches. Place marker to mark the beginning of the round.
Rounds 1-4: p1, k1, repeat to end.
Round 5: knit.
Round 6: purl.
Rounds 7-8: p1, k1, repeat to end.
Repeat Rounds 5-8 3 (3, 4) more times.
(Switch to dpn whenever your stitches get too tight on your circular needles, usually around round 11 or 12.)
Round 9: k2, k2tog, repeat to end.
Round 10: p2, k1, repeat to end.
Round 11: k1, k2tog, repeat to end.
Round 12: p1, k1, repeat to end.
Round 13: k2tog, repeat to end.
For Child/Teen and Lg. Adult sizes, Round 14: k2tog, repeat to end.
For Adult size, Round 14: k2tog, repeat to last st, k1.
Cut yarn 6-8 inches from last stitch. Thread the tail through the remaining stitches. Pull tight. Sew ends under.
To make a matching scarf:
A scarf will require about 2 more skeins of the same yarn. Use the same needles, but you’ll knit it flat as if you were using straight needles.
Cast on 14 stitches.
Rows 1-2: knit.
Rows 3-4: p1, k1, repeat to end.
Repeat these 4 rows until scarf is desired length. Repeat Rows 1-2.