Hat-making for klutzes

I would like to make a hat for my daughter…nothing outrageous, just a simple little winter cap. Do these types of hats always require DPNs? So far I’ve only found patterns that need DPNs and they look a bit daunting (at least they do on the You Tube videos). Does anyone know of a hat pattern that does not use them, or will I just have to toughen up and learn how?

Thanks! You guys rock!

I know there are hat pattern out there you can knit on straight needles, then seam up the back. When I wake up a bit more (have a cup or two of coffee!) I might be able to find a couple for you.



http://doulicia.blogspot.com/2007/10/knit-flat-hat.html
http://www.knittingfairy.com/freeTeaCozyHat.htm
http://home.pacbell.net/kapleo/blog/domesticspherepatterns.html (half way down the page)

Here are a few.

Besides DPNs and straights w/seems, you could do 2 circulars, magic loop and a form of double knitting that makes a tube on 2 straights.

Here is a decrease calculator I use for my “no pattern” basic hats.
It’s for tubes but you should be able to use it to figure out where to put your markers if working flat.

The short row hat (last link) is really cute, I probably need to try that!

cast on a multiple of 8, +2 (82? 90?72?–what ever works for your yarn/gauge. (more for fine yarn, fewer for thick yarn)

Work first inch in ribbing (1X1, or 2X 2, or some other ribbing)
(optional work first 2 inches (3 inches, 4 inches)
A–Continue in ribbing

B–change to a stocking knit or other stitch pattern

when hat is (7–(to 11!) inches long, beging shaping.

Place 1 marker after first stitch and before last stitch

Place 7 other markers–evenly (so you have 8 evenly groups of stitches (plus one edge stitch on each edge)
Pick a right side (if one hasn’t been established)

after first marker, * K2tog, then continue in pattern–(ribbing, stocking knit/what ever) till next marker.
repeat from *
(8 stitches decreased)
next row, (wrong side of work) NO DECREASES

Repeat these 2 rows, (decreasing 8/no decrease) till you have 10 stitches left.

cut a long tail (about 18 inches)

thread tail onto tapestry needle

draw through remaining ten stitches (twice!) and then pull snug.
make a small knot.

Use remaining tail to sew seam (use a matress stitch, and enclose single edge stitch into seam.

The 'formula" works with most yarn.

you can make hats with deep fold back cuffs (4 inches of ribbing–10 to 11 inches of hat before shaping)

or small close fitting beanie (1 inch of ribbing, 5 inches before shaping

it can be made in all ribs, or in a variety of stitch patterns.

it can be finished with a pom pom or tassel.

it can be made smal (56 stitches) or extra large (90 stitches) (worsted weight yarn)

it can be made with fingering yarn (about 112 stitches cast on!) or with chunky yarn (cast on 56 stitches!)

you can add stripes or stitch patterns to make it interesting.

its is a basic hat!