Bobble Hat (Free Knitting Pattern)

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Speckled slip stitches adorn the crown of this unisex hat, which is topped off with a pom-pom. This hat looks like it could be a stranded colorwork pattern, but is actually made using slip stitches, working with only one yarn at a time. For a slouchier hat, knit in plain stockinette for a few more inches after the chart pattern.
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20 sts and 24 rows to 4 in. (10 cm) over St st
Finished dimensions
One size; 21-23 in. (53.5-58 cm) head circumference, 9 in. (23 cm) tall excluding pom-pom
Pattern Notes
All slip stitches are slipped purlwise.

Step 1

Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, 55% extrafine merino wool, 33% acrylic microfiber, 12% cashmere, 1.75 oz (50 g), 98 yds (90 m)
1 skein of each in the following shades:
A; 300502, Pea Green
B; 300004, Navy
Needles & Notions
• US 6 (4 mm) circular needles, 16 in. (40 cm) length
• US 8 (6 mm) circular needles, 16 in. (40 cm) length
• US 8 (6 mm) doublepointed needles (DPNs)
• 8 stitch markers
• Tapestry needle
• Pom-pom maker or cardboard for making pom-pom template

Step 2

With A and US 6 (4 mm) circular needle, cast on 104 sts, join for working in the round taking care not to twist the sts and pm for beg
of rnd.
Work k1, p1 rib for 1 in. (2.5 cm).

Step 3

Change to US 8 (6 mm) circular needles. Join in B at row 3 and work through all rows of the chart. Using A yarn only, work in St st (knit
every round) until piece measures 6 in. (15 cm) from the cast-on edge.

Step 4

Decrease crown
Next rnd: [k13, pm] to end.
Decrease rnd: [k to 2 sts before
marker, k2tog] to end. (8 sts
Next rnd: knit.
Rep last 2 rnds another 6 times.
(48 sts)
Rep Decrease rnd only until 8 sts remain, changing to DPNs when
stitches are not comfortably held on circular needles anymore.
Break yarn leaving a 6 in. (15 cm) tail and use the tapestry needle to
weave the end through the remaining stitches and secure.

Step 5

Weave in all loose ends.
Block hat to finished dimensions.
Using A and a pom-pom maker or template cut from card, make a 2 in. (5 cm) pom-pom. Leave a long tail when tying the pom-pom for
attaching to the top of the hat. Securely stitch the pom-pom
in place.

Step 6

This how-to is excerpted with permission from "Color Knitting with Confidence: Unlock the Secrets of Fair Isle, Intarsia, and More with 30 Vibrant Colorwork Techniques" by Nguyen Le (Barron's Educational Series).

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