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New! Free Knitting Pattern: The Flynn Hat

Happy New Year everyone! I can’t believe 2014 is over and done with! (In all honesty, I usually say “I can’t believe it’s already [insert month here]. What have I done with my life??”) I’m quite far behind in the things that I’ve been meaning to share (weird life stuff, major holiday crafting, fantastical dreams/goals), but rather than start the new year with review of the past, I thought it best to start with something new. So, I give you a shiny new pattern- for free!– the Flynn Hat!

Shown in Voolenvine Yarns' Deco Worsted in the Deck the Halls colorway

Shown in Voolenvine YarnsDeco Worsted in the “Deck the Halls” colorway

Flynn is a rib knit hat with a texture that’s not too plain or too complex- versatile for many occasions and many personalities! The ribbing not only provides visual and tactile interest, it helps the hat stretch where it needs to and stay snug where it should. Knit primarily in the Farrow Rib stitch, there are only two different rows to work until the crown, making Flynn an easy-to-memorize, quick knit, perfect for binge watching all those tv shows you have on your Netflix/Hulu/Prime queues. (Since we’re talking about movies, points if you can guess where I got the name. Hint: There are two answers!)

Flynn Hat in Voolenvine Yarns' Deck the Halls

I also used this pattern to make a hat for my dad as a Christmas gift, using Lorna’s Laces’ Shepherd Worsted in the Lake Bluff colorway, which pooled in a fun, exaggerated spiral way.

Flynn in Lorna's Laces Lake Bluff

Opposite side of the same hat. Really.

Opposite side of the same hat. Really.

If you’re not a knitter and want one of your own, I’ve made a few available for sale in my etsy shop! To celebrate the new year, there’s a coupon code for free domestic Priority/discounted International First Class shipping.

Approximately 140 yards of worsted weight. Sample shown in Voolenvine YarnsDeco Worsted (100% superwash merino, 218yds per 100g) in the “Deck The Halls” colorway.

Size US 7/4.5mm 16″ Circular Needle
Size US 7/4.5mm DPNS OR 2 circular needles OR 1 long circular needle for Magic Loop (whichever you prefer to use for knitting small circumferences in the round)
1 stitch marker to mark beginning of round

25 sts by 31 rows = 4″ in Farrow Rib (worked in multiples of 3):

Knit flat:
k2, p1 every row

In the round:
1: k2, p1 across
2: k1, p2

Adult medium*
To fit head circumference: 20-23″
(For reference, my noggin measures about 22.5″ in circumference)
Finish circumference at brim: 17″
Finished length: 8″

*To change the sizing, change the number of cast-on sts by 12: increase by 12 sts to make a larger hat or decrease by 12 to make a smaller hat. Alternatively, you can change the needle size.

Advanced beginner

CO: cast on
st(s): stitch(es)
rem: remaining
wyib: with the yarn in back
sl: slip purl-wise
k: knit
p: purl
yo: yarn-over
sl2tog-k-p2sso: wyib sl 2 sts as if to k2tog, k the next st, then pass the 2 sl sts over the k st. (sometimes written as “cdd” or “sk2p”)
k2tog: knit 2 stitches together
ssk: wyib (sl 1 st as if to k) twice, insert left needle into front of both sts and k2tog
Rnd(s): round(s)

Cast on 96 sts, join in the rnd, being careful not to twist sts, and place marker to indicate beginning of rnd.
I recommend the German Twisted Cast-On; it’s a touch more elastic than the Long-Tail Cast-On. The Cable Cast-On would also be a nice choice.

Brim: k2, p1 across.
Work 2×1 rib for 1.25″.

Rnd 1: k1, p2 across
Rnd 2: k2, p1 across

Repeat these last two rnds until hat measures 6.5″ from cast-on edge, or until desired length. The decreases at the crown will add approximately 1.5″ in length.

Repeat Rnd 1.

Begin crown decreases:
D1: (Ssk, k2tog, k1, p1, k2, p1, k2, p1) eight times. 80 sts rem.

D2: (K2, p2, k1, p2, k1, p2) eight times.

D3: (Ssk, k1, p1, ssk, k2tog, k1, p1) eight times. 56 sts.

D4: (K1 p2 k2 p2) SEVEN times. k1, p2, k2, p1, sl1, remove marker, move sl st back to lefthand needle, replace marker.
(The last st now becomes the first st of the next rnd).

D5: (sl2tog-k-psso, p1, k2tog, p1) eight times. 32 sts.

D6: K1, p1 across.

D7: (K1, sl2tog-k-psso) across. 16 sts.

D8: Ssk, k2tog across. 8 sts.

Cut yarn, leaving a tail at least 18″ long. Thread tail through rem sts and pull tight to close. Weave in ends. A quick soak and light blocking may help relaxing any stitches, especially the decreases, but other than that, you are good to go!

All content is © Emmyelle 2015 unless otherwise noted. This pattern is intended for personal non-commercial use only. Charity donations and commissions from friends are cool though! No portion of this pattern may be reproduced without express permission. Thanks!

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