Watching the Winter Olympics is always a treat for me. Not just because it is the greatest example of human competition and perseverance, but because of the amazing knit fashion of the slopes! You know what I mean if you are an avid knitter and crocheter like me. Well, the other night I saw the amazing Chloe Kim win the snowboarding competition and she was wearing a very simple and fun chunky ribbed hat by Burton. I knew I could recreate my own version of the hat so I did. The Snowboarder Chunky Hat is now a free knitting pattern for you to enjoy! (There is a Crochet version as well if you are a crocheter)
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Snowboarder Chunky Hat Materials:
Yarn: RED HEART® Grande™–2 balls Aran (this includes the amount used for the floppy tassel pom pom)
Needle: US13 (9 mm) 16″ circular needle and double pointed needles or size to obtain correct gauge.
Notions: stitch marker, bent tip tapestry needle, Pom Pom Maker
Snowboarder Chunky Hat Gauge:
8 sts = 4” [10 cm] in the 1×1 ribbing pattern slightly stretched. It is very important that you get this same measurement for your hat to fit properly.
Finished Measurement: 22” [55.88 cm] circumference
Knitting Techniques & Video Tutorials:
—CO: Cast On
—K2tog: knit 2 together
—tbl: through the back leg
—P2tog: purl 2 together
Snowboarder Chunky Hat Pattern:
With the Italian cast on, CO 44. Place marker and join to work in the round.
*K1, P1; repeat from * around. When you get to the end of the round, slip the marker and continue in the pattern.
Work in the K1, P1 pattern until the hat measures 9-11″ from cast on edge. Depending on how tall you want the hat to be. The finished sample stopped at 9″.
Rnd 1: *K2tog tbl, P2tog; rep from * around–22 stitches remain.
Rnd 2: *K1, P1; rep from * around.
Rnd 3:*K2tog tbl, P2tog; rep from * around–11 stitches remain.
Cut the yarn leaving a 10″ tail. Thread the yarn through a bent tip tapestry needle then insert the needle through each of the remaining stitches on the needle as if to knit and remove from the needle. When all the stitches are on the tail, pull it like a drawstring and secure the tail to the inside of the hat.
Finishing and Pom Pom
Using the bent tip tapestry needle, weave in any remaining ends.
One of the fun things about Chloe’s hat is the floppy pom pom on the top. To make the pom I suggest using a pom pom maker in a large size (4″ or larger). Or follow along with the video and make a removable one like I did 🙂 https://youtu.be/sUAbZjM0R5w
Secure the pom to the top of the hat.