Whether walking the dog or waiting for a train, autumn and winter offer plenty of opportunities for getting a cold head. A friend of ours had been asking for a bobble hat for a while; it took me a while to actually knit him one as it needed to be just the right shades of green. Eventually I found merino yarn in just the right colours and all that was left to do was come up with a pattern… I give you the Platform 5 Hat.
Knit in DK yarn on 4mm needles, I used 1 ball of Katia Merino 100% and 1 ball of Patons Merino Extrafine DK.
k=knit k2tog=knit 2 together
p=purl skp=slip1,knit1,pass slipped stitch over (ssk if you prefer, I just found I get neater results with skp)
Pattern: (Very stretchy, should fit most teens and adults)
Use whichever technique you prefer for knitting in the round, I started using travelling loop and switched to using 2 circular needles at the decreases.
In contrasting colour, cast on 110 stitches and join in the round.
Ribbing: (k2, p3) repeat to end of round. Continue ribbing for 3 inches.
Switch to main colour.
Knit all stitches of each round for 4.5 inches.
Round 1: (skp, k18, k2tog) x5
Rounds 2 and 3: knit all stitches
Round 4: (skp, k16, k2tog) x5
Rounds 5 and 6: knit all stitches
Round 7: (skp, k14, k2tog) x5
Rounds 8: knit all stitches
Round 9: (skp, k12, k2tog) x5
Round 10: knit all stitches
Round 11: (skp, k10, k2tog)x5
Round 12: knit all stitches
Round 13: (skp, k8,k2tog) x5
Round 14: knit all stitches
Round 15: (skp, k6, k2tog) x5
Round 16: knit all stitches
Round 17: (skp, k4, k2tog) x5
Round 18: (skp, k2, k2tog) x5
Round 19: (skp, k2tog) x5
Cut yarn leaving a reasonably long tail. Using a yarn needle thread tail through remaining stitches and pull tight, secure as you feel happiest, weave in ends.
Using all remaining yarn of both colours, make a 3.5inch diameter pompom.
Attach pompom to top of hat.