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Friday, April 6, 2012

The Tulle-Riffic Hat!

If you know me, you know that I love to play around with different stitches and try out some new hat patterns.  I stumbled across the Tulle Stitch and thought it would make a nice hat........not too open, but with some pretty texture.  I hope you like it.  The pattern is free below, but I do ask you to come to our Facebook page and like us and follow along with us as we deliver thousands of hats to people across the country.
If you have trouble printing this, it is available as a PDF here.

The Tulle-Riffic Hat

Size 8 circular needles
Worsted weight yarn – less than 200 yards


YO – yarn over – bring the yarn around the needle, to the front and work the next stitch in the way required.

SSK – slip, slip, knit - Slip one stitch knitwise, then slip the next stitch knitwise, then place the left hand needle into the front of the 2 slipped stitches and knit the two together.

Cast on 99 stitches.

Garter Stitch Brim:

            Row 1:  Knit all stitches
            Row 2:  Purl all stitches
            Repeat Rows 1 and 2 two more times for a total of 6 rows.

Work Tulle Stitch:

            Row 1:  *K1, yo, K1*, repeat from * to * to last stitch, K1
            Row 2:   K1, *K3, slip 1st stitch over other 2*; repeat from * to * across row
            Row 3:   K1,  *K1, yo, K1*, repeat from * to * across row
            Row 4:  *K3, slip 1st stitch over other 2*; repeat from * to * to last stitch, K1

Continue repeating Rows 1-4 until the piece measures about 7 inches in length.

Decrease Crown:

            Row 1:   *K7, SSK * ; repeat from * to * across row
            Row 2:     Knit all stitches
Row 3:   *K6, SSK * ; repeat from * to * across row
            Row 4:      Knit all stitches
Row 5:    *K5, SSK * ; repeat from * to * across row
            Row 6:      Knit all stitches
Row 7:    *K4, SSK * ; repeat from * to * across row
            Row 8:      Knit all stitches
Row 9:    *K3, SSK * ; repeat from * to * across row
            Row 10:    Knit all stitches
Row 11:   *K2, SSK * ; repeat from * to * across row
            Row 12:    Knit all stitches
Row 13:   *K1, SSK * ; repeat from * to * across row

Cut working yarn, leaving a long tail.  Draw yarn through stitches left on the needle and cinch closed.

Enjoy!  Happy Knitting Everyone!

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  1. I just found your blog looking for a good pattern so, I, too, can help knit some caps for those in need.

    FYI: I want to thank you on behalf of myself. I am a stage 3 breast cancer survivor and my knitted caps kept me protected because I knew they were knitted with so much love behind them! Thank you!
    I am happy to report I am cancer free! I'm one of the lucky ones and I plan to be around a long time!
    Just like the song by Luther Vandross: The Power of Love!

    1. Delighted to hear you are cancer free. I am too after treatment for ovarian cancer. I am walking in Race for the Cure next Saturday. I'll be thinking of you.

    2. Always looking for a different type of hat to knit for others...thank you! I have knit for different outreach programs, including one for "street" youth who are drifting, homeless, and in need of something warm on their heads on cold weather days.

    3. Hello all knitters & MY CANCER SURVIVOR SISTERS
      I'm on my 6th yr. I wish all could have been as lucky as we have. It's never over, IS IT? BUT, WE MUST MOVE ON.

      I just found this knitters delight. Plan to use it to make friends & family snuggly warm, especially those in R.I. here in S.C we only get snow 1-2 days a yr. (:
      Patricia--Gratefull to be alive & thank HIM every day.

  2. @jimmersgal - Thank you for writing that! Congratulations on being cancer free!!

  3. Ilike the pattern, but I will need to switch to double pointed needles to make the crown seamless, right?

  4. You should be able to finish it the way it is written without using dpn's. I didn't use them at all......just finished it on the circulars.

  5. how long should the circular needle be please ..

  6. Hi @Kisci. No longer than 16 inches.....I have a combination set and can make a 14 inch one and that would work also.

  7. arrrggghhhh i must be doing something wrong... i have had to rip it out twice now... it seems that i am making more stitches that i am decreasing with the stitch over 2.. when i make 1 with y/o every other.... please

  8. Are you maybe not doing K1, yo, K1, then repeating? Are you just K1, yo?? That might give you more stitches...........

  9. ok.. will try again.. i was doing the k1 yo k1
    but seemed way too many stitches..
    *sigh* Thanks am going to try again for the 4th time lol
    just the y/o seemed to be at random when doing the next row is all so i thought i was doing it wrong :/

  10. You're decreasing in the row after the yo's........maybe just try it through a few rows and it will seem like it's ok.....

    good luck!

  11. Thanks !! i think i got it now !! :) was doing something in the first row wrong.. *sigh*

  12. :) that's very frustrating! And happens to me all the time! Hope it works!!!!

  13. hi Robin .. am wondering, the hat seems very big, is good though for larger heads..:) am wondering.. the pattern is in groups of 3 right ?
    is there anyway that i can make the hat smaller ?
    like take 9 for so stitches off and do it ? lol i suppose i could just try it, but, don't wanna undo a hundred times again.. so i thought i would ask. Yes ! the pattern is finally working.. once i got a couple rows going i saw immediately what the pattern was.. but i had to do in my head y/o knit 2.. y/o knit 2.. so i didn't get mixed up.. :) Love the pattern though !Thanks

  14. @kisci - yes, the hat is big......can be slouchy for a regular head or for a large head.....I try to make some of all sizes for donating. You could definitely take 9 stitches off and use the pattern.......or 12 or 15 depending on how small you want to make it. :)

  15. You could also switch to a DK (#3) weight and use size 6 needles to make a smaller size. DK weight sometimes is softer and is great for chemo caps, especially for teens and those younger.

    1. wow ! Thanks Anonymous, i am going to try that.. i think i would like to make smaller ones.. and this sounds great ! Thank You !! i just Love the hat ! wanna make more !

  16. on the first round, do you join the first and last stitches?

    1. once you cast on you should join in the round, without twisting to work the pattern.

  17. what does DK (#3) weight mean?

  18. It is the yarn weight......DK or 3-weight yarn

  19. Love all your knitting support and your dedication to supporting others in need. Thank you for this pattern and explanations...I will definitely add it to my List of Favs.

  20. Hello. I was wondering if I could knit this for a 3 to 6 month old baby and if your could send me the pattern for the baby one please