Decreasing the stitches on a ribbed hand-knit hat

Have you ever noticed, it’s ridiculously hard to take a picture of the very top of your head with a big DSLR camera all by yourself? It is for that reason that you will find these hat pictures modeled by a small jar and not my actual head.

I finished a hat today – a nice warm one made of Madelinetosh yarn I got at The Loopy Ewe.

new hand knit hat

 

It’s deliciously warm and toasty. I had help figuring out how to do the decreases for this hat from Johanna, my secondary knitting teacher (yes, I need two, what of it?). The top ended up looking like this:

new hand knit hat

To keep the pattern going all the way to the end and to have a nice, flat top, the decreases were done thus: To start, I had 120 stitches in K2, P2 ribbing.

  1. First round went like this: K2, P2tog, K2, P2tog …
  2. Second round, I knit in pattern: K2, P1, K2, P1 …
  3. Next round, I decreased the knit stitches: K2tog, P1, K2tog, P1 …
  4. Next round, I knit in pattern: K1, P1, K1, P1 …
  5. Now, my stitches were reduced by half: 60 stitches on the needle, so I began to decrease ever 10 stitches with a double decrease: Slip 1, K2tog, PSSO. I knit in pattern for 7 stitches, then Slip 1, K2tog, PSSO and repeated that around.
  6. Next row, K1, P1 around.
  7. Next row, double decrease on 8 stitch repeats: knit in pattern for 5 stitches, then Slip 1, K2tog, PSSO and repeat that around.
  8. Next row, K1, P1 around.
  9. Next row, double decrease on 6 stitch repeats: knit in pattern for 3 stitches, then  Slip 1, K2tog, PSSO and repeat that around.
  10. Next row, K1, P1 around.
  11. Next row, double decrease on 4 stitch repeats: knit 1,
  12. , then  Slip 1, K2tog, PSSO and repeat that around.
  13. Next row, K1, P1 around.
  14. After that, there were so few stitches, I could pull the remaining yarn through, pull the opening closed, and weave in the end.

Thank you Johanna!

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A mother, sister, wife, and daughter who writes, knits, hikes, and practices yoga on the west coast. Loves a zippy chardonnay or a tart margarita!

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