Monday, May 26, 2008

Kindness Of A Stranger Sunhat

This is the sunhat I made from a lovely tweedy cotton sent to me here in Guyana by a wonderful woman name Jean. It helps keep the sun out of my eyes, and gets me plenty of compliments. It really meant a lot to me that Jean, a woman I have never met would send me yarn. I have for a long time identified myself as a knitter, and following my husband to a new continent, to a country where yarn is non existant, it's been somewhat of an identity struggle. So this pattern is a big thank you to Jean, and also to those of you who have sent me and Randy wedding cards. Randy opens all the mail immediately whether it's addressed to him or not lol because he gets so excited and then I enjoy it after :) So thanks to all.

Now for a little about the pattern itself. It's a super simple pattern. If you are a beginning knitter you are going to breeze through this. If you are an experienced knitter this is a good project for knitting when you know you are going to have lots of distractions because it will be easy for you to tell where you left off.

  • Size 8 Circulars and/or dpn's
  • Serendipity Tweed Yarn (I believe this is a dk. One person already asked me for this pattern. They knit it in worsted and it came out about the same size miraculously so... use what you got).
  • 1 stitch holder (to mark beginning and end of row)
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Size F Crochet hook (Optional but if you do the crochet bind off it really makes the edge look nice)

Cast on 84 stitches, Place Marker, Join in the Round. (This could also be a great beanie if right here you did your preference of K1, P1 ribbing)

Rows 1-4: Knit

Row 5: *Yo, K2tog* repeat from * to * around.

Row 6: Purl

Repeat these six rows four more times (Or to desired length, which should be slightly short so the brim doesn't cover your eyes completely.) then, ending on a purl row, begin the decrease rows.

DecRow1: *K19, K2tog* repeat from * to * around.

DecRow2: *K8, K2tog* repeat from * to * around.

DecRow3: *K7, K2tog* repeat from * to * around.

DecRow4: *K6, K2tog* repeat from * to * around.

DecRow5: *Yo, K2tog8 repeat from * to * around.

DecRow6: *P5, P2tog* repeat from * to * around.

DecRow7: *K4, K2tog* repeat from * to * around.

DecRow8: *K3, K2tog* repeat from * to * around.

DecRow9: *K2, K2tog* repeat from * to * around.

DecRow10: *K1, K2tog* repeat from * to * around.

DecRow11: *K2tog* Repeat around.

Cut yarn leaving a long enough tail to thread through the remaining stitches and pull up tight.


With Right side facing pick up 84 stitches along the cast on edge (the crochet hook can be very useful here. This is perhaps the easiest time you will ever pick up stitches so it's good practice. You are picking up the same number of stitches as were cast on, they're going the same direction, etc.) Place the Marker and work in the round.

Purl one Round

*K4, Yo* repeat from * to * around.

Knit 2 rows

*K5, Yo* repeat from * to * around.

Knit 2 rows

*K6, Yo* repeat from * to * around

Knit 2 rows

Seed Stitch for 3 rows.

Bind off using Crochet Bind Off. (You can bind off regularly but it doesn't look as nice).

Weave in all ends and Enjoy!

You may make this pattern for yourself or a friend but please do not sell them unless 100% of the profits goes to charity. Also please share the link and not the pattern itself.


RoamingKnitter said...

Love the hat. Here in West Texas I really need to wear a sunhat. This is on my todo list. Thanks for the pattern.

Malgosia (PastelMaiden) said...

Hi! Isn't this pretty. You look lovely in it, Kody May! And I'm so glad you are enjoying the kindness od strangers...
We all love you!
Andrew sends his best wishes. Take care, and love to Randy!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the pattern. I like it very much, and want to make it for my grand daughter, she is 16 and likes to have nice things.
God Bless & Keep You & Yours,

Anonymous said...

I am so glad that my little gift could bring you happiness. I just couldn't stand to see an artist like you without yarn. We all need the ability to express ourselves. The hat you designed is really darling.
My thoughts are with you.

Anonymous said...

Your patterns inspire me!!! I've only knitted scarves until I saw your hats. I'm going to give this one a try! Wish me luck!!

Anonymous said...

I did it in two days! I was so excited. Thanks for providing such an easy pattern!

Anonymous said...

This is the 2nd time I've done this hat and I just love it! Fun but simple. My husband is in the ICU at USC and I just did this hat in red (USC red) to donate to the cancer research folks! Thanks for posting the pattern to keep me busy! I'm doing the basket weave hat next!!!

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