Ravens Preseason Hat Pattern

Ravens Preseason Hat

The Raven’s Preseason Hat (aka Hat No. 9 for the 500 Hats Project) is a quick little project that uses increasingly short stripes to create a cool graphic look when you do the crown decreases (I love patterns where it looks like you’ve done something really fancy and complicated, but all you’re really doing is something a simple as striping two colors of yarn). Plus, it’s a hat and the stripes aren’t that wide, so you can carry the yarn up the inside which means you have just 4 ends to weave in when done (I’m also a lazy finisher, so I love things that take two minutes to finish off when the knitting is done).

Easy stripes that get shorter along the length of the hat.

I sat down during the last preseason game on Thursday evening to write out the pattern from notes, but was frequently stopped by the need to yell at the tv. I knew the game could be a little ugly for the Ravens – we were holding back our starters to let some of the players that were still under consideration get some playing time, the Rams played their starters – but come on, Ravens were down 28-0 at half time! Oh well, two weeks to the regular season and then we’ll have the experienced players on the field. I’m working on an updated, urban-chic take on the team scarf (you know, those stripy scarves that are available all over the place that you can  customize with your team colors?) so hopefully that will be done by then.

The pattern for the Ravens Preseason Hat is below the fold. I usually do ‘recipes’ with patterns notes more so than actual patterns and this is one of my first attempts at pattern writing so if something seems wrong or confusing, please let me know!

Ravens Preseason Hat

Dimensions

18″ circumference, 8″ tall

Gauge

4.5 st/in. wide  x 6 st/in tall in stockinette stitch (18x 24 st per 4″ square)

  • Gauge is important for this hat- especially the height of your stitches! If you are really off of this gauge the number of stripes in the pattern won’t create a beanie that fits properly. Adjust your needle size if needed.

Materials:

  • 16″ and double-pointed US8/ 5 MM needles
  • 150 yards main color (MC – Purple)
  • 50 yards contrasting color (CC – Silver)
  • Stitch marker
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors

Stitch explanation:

  • K1, P1 Rib
    • Row 1: *k1, p1* repeat around
    • Repeat Row 1

Pattern:

  • CO 84 stitches with MC and join in the round, being careful not to twist stitches
  • Place stitch marker to mark beginning of round
  • Brim:8 rows of K1, p1 rib
  • Body: Begin stockinette stitch and complete stripe pattern as follows
    • 4 rows MC
    • Attach CC, carry both yarns up the inside of the hat as you knit.
      • Be careful not to pull the yarn too tight as you carry the yarn up! Other wise you’ll create a hat with gathers in the back.

        The yarns are carried up inside the hat to minimize the number of ends you have to weave in.

    • 1 row CC
    • 4 rows MC
    • 1 row CC
    • 3 rows MC
    • 1 row CC
    • 3 rows MC
    • 1 row CC
    • 3 rows MC
    • 1 row CC
    • 2 rows MC
    • 1 row CC
    • 2 row MC
    • 1 row CC
    • 2 rows MC
    • 1 row CC
  • Begin crown decreases, continue knitting in stockinette stitch
    • With MC, *k10, k2tog* repeat around
    • With MC, *k9, k2tog* repeat around
      With CC, *k8, k2tog* repeat around
    • With MC, *k7, k2tog* repeat around
    • With CC, *k6, k2tog* repeat around
    • With MC, *k5, k2tog* repeat around
    • With CC, *k4, k2tog* repeat around
    • With MC, *k3, k2tog* repeat around
    • With CC, *k2, k2tog* repeat around
    • With MC, *k1, k2tog* repeat around. Cut MC yarn after completing this round
    • With CC, *k2tog* around
  • Cut CC yarn, leaving an 8″ tail. Weave tail through 7 remaining stitches.
  • Weave in loose ends
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