I got permission from Susan to post the pattern that she designed that I use for making hats for Caps for Kids. So here it is. Thanks Susan. Please everyone note that the copyright is Susans. Please do not post etc. without permission.
This is the hat pattern that was developed several years ago and posted to the Bond List several years ago by Susan Sarwinski. She said that she made hundreds of hats for charity with it and used it to teach a lot of beginners as a first project.
This hat will fit a child to an adult. I added 4 more stitches when making a hat for my husband because he has a slightly larger hat size.
This is also a good pattern for charity as there are four layers of knit over the ears.
ISM/USM knitting machine
~4ozs. Worsted weight yarn (MC)
Optional: several ounces of one or more contrast colors (CC) of worsted weight yarn
Gauge 4 sts/inch
With waste yarn open cast on 80 stitches and knit 6 rows.
Row 1 – 60 Knit with main color (MC) yarn.
Make the hats hem by bringing the open cast row up and placing these stitches on the needles so there are now 2 stitches on each needle.
Knit this row carefully (Row 61)
Rows 62 – 98 Knit.
Move every other stitch to the stitch next to it so you have 2 stitches on each needle with an empty needle between each working needle. Move the empty needles to NWP.
Row 99 – 100 Knit.
Leaving a long yarn tail, cut the yarn. Thread a yarn needle and run this through the open stitches. Remove from the knitting machine and tightly gather the top of the hat. Use the rest of the yarn tail to sew the side seam.
You can add stripes, cables, intarsia and fairisle to your hat.
My favorite variation is:
MC=main color<PCLASS=MSONORMAL style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt">CC= contrast color
Row 16 MC
Row 18 CC
Row 22 MC
Row 24 CC
Row 28 MC
I also like to add stripes to rows 70 through 85. Have fun with this.