May 21, 2011

SmoothFox's Cool Skull Hat for Guys and Gals- free pattern

Photo courtesy of Kelly Albrecht
SmoothFox’s Cool Skull Hat for Guys and Gals
Yarn: 4-ply Medium Worsted
Color A:   (main colour for background)
Color B:  (colour for skulls)
Needle Size:  US 7 – 4.5 mm 20” circular needle or 16” circular needle
                      US 8 – 5 mm - 16" or 20" circular needles and 1 set of dpn

Skill level:  Intermediate
Gauge: 5 stitches and 5 Rounds to 1 inch (2.5 cm)
Hat Size: Teen/Woman, Man
Adult hat circumference – 19” (48 cm) - CO is 96
Adult Large hat circumference - 21.5” (54.5 cm) - CO is 108
Notions: Stitch Markers plus 1 distinct from the others to show beginning of round plus a yarn needle to weave ends.

* If you are not familiar with the ssk (slip slip knit) decrease stitch, here is a video demonstrating the technique used. 
* For color stranding longer than 3 sts, please familiarize yourself with this video to avoid holes in your project.  

* The above are videos I found on the web.  They are not my videos.  
My Crochet & Knit related gifts: http://zazzle.com/smoothfox*
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Thank you once again MarieAnge Brouillard aka MariAngel (ravelry id) for all of your wonderful help with this pattern. 

INSTRUCTIONS for size changes are within ( )
With smaller needles and color A and using the long-tail method, CO on for 96 (108) sts, place marker and join in the round, being careful not to twist.
Round 1 thru 6: Work 6 rounds of (colour A) K2, (color B) P2 ribbing
SWITCH TO LARGER NEEDLES HERE
Round 7: (color A) knit around
Round 8: (color A) K12, *insert marker, K12* repeat from * around


Round 35:  *(color A) knit around
Measure hat to see if it is the approximate length you’d like.  Hat should measure approximately 6.5” to 7.5” [16.5 to 19 cm] before decreasing depending on your preferences. Repeat round 35 as many times as needed before you begin the decrease rounds. 

On the last repeat of round 35, stop when there are 2 stitches before the beginning marker. From here on, this will be the first 2 stitches on each round. Do not remove the markers!
DECREASE ROUNDS:
Please ensure that the first marker that marks the beginning of the round is of a different color than the rest. Each round begins 2 stitches before the first marker.
OPTIONAL:  If you desire, alternate between color A and color B every stitch for all the decrease and knit rounds. IE: Color A-K1, Color B-K1 

Round 1: k2 stitches, slip marker, k12, *slip marker, k12* repeat around. Stop when you have reached the first 2 stitches before the beginning marker. (8 [9] markers, and 8 [9] sections with 12 stitches between each marker)

Round 2: Decrease round Beginning with the 2 stitches before the first marker, k2tog, slip marker, *ssk, k8, k2tog,slip marker,* repeat from * to * around. Stop when you have reached the first 2 stitches before the beginning marker. (8 [9] k2tog, 8 [9] ssk, total of 10 stitches between each marker)

Round 3 and 4: k2 stitches, slip marker, k12, *slip marker, k12* repeat around. Stop when you have reached the first 2 stitches before the beginning marker. (10 stitches between markers)

Round 5: Decrease round Beginning with the 2 stitches before the first marker, k2tog, slip marker, *ssk, k6, k2tog,slip marker,* repeat from * to * around. Stop when you have reached the first 2 stitches before the beginning marker. (8 [9] k2tog, 8[9] ssk, total of 8 stitches between each marker)

Round 6 and 7: k2 stitches, slip marker, k12, *slip marker, k12* repeat around, stop when you have reached the first 2 stitches before the beginning marker.  (8 stitches between markers)

Round 8: Decrease round Beginning with the 2 stitches before the first marker, k2tog, slip marker, *ssk, k4, k2tog,slip marker,*, repeat from * to * around. Stop when you have reached the first 2 stitches before the beginning marker.  (8 [9] k2tog, 8[9] ssk, total of 6 stitches between each marker)

Round 9 and 10: k2 stitches, slip marker, k12, *slip marker, k12* repeat around, stop when you have reached the first 2 stitches before the beginning marker.  (6 stitches between markers)

Round 11: Decrease round Beginning with the 2 stitches before the first marker, k2tog, slip marker, *ssk, k2, k2tog,slip marker,*, repeat from * to * around. Stop when you have reached the first 2 stitches before the beginning marker. (8 [9] k2tog, 8 [9] ssk, total of 4 stitches between each marker)

Round 12 and 13: k2 stitches, slip marker, k12, *slip marker, k12* repeat around, stop when you have reached the first 2 stitches before the beginning marker. (4 stitches between markers)

Round 14: Decrease round Beginning with the 2 stitches before the first marker,
k2tog, slip marker, *ssk, k2, k2tog,slip marker,*, repeat from * to * around. Stop when you have reached the first 2 stitches before the beginning marker.(8 [9] k2tog, 8 [9] ssk, total of 4 stitches between each marker)

You may opt to do one more decrease round before finishing off.
Cut yarn leaving an 8" (20 cm) tail. Using a large eyed darning needle run thread through remaining stitches and fasten off. Weave in ends and finish off.
Created by
Donna Mason-Svara aka SmoothFoxLover@yahoo.com 2011

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