10 March 2011

Bulky King Charles Brocade Hat Pattern

My mother-in-law requested a blue hat made by me, so instead of just doing a boring plain beanie I decided to design it up a little. I decided on the King Charles Brocade pattern that I found on Knitting on the Net. I had to change the pattern a little because it is a flat pattern and I knitted this in the round.  Here is the pattern:

I don't have the measurements of the hat, but it will fit an average woman's head. It fit me perfect.

Supplies Needed:
**Needles: Size US 8 circulars for the brim, size US 10 circulars for the remainder of the hat, size US 10 dpns
**Tapestry needle for weaving in loose ends
**Bulky yarn--I used Bernat Softee Chunky in Faded Denim
**This pattern uses a multiple of 12 + 1 so if you want to make it bigger or smaller make sure your stitches follow that.

Helpful hint: This pattern uses alternating sections of knitting stitches and alternating purling/knitting stitches. Following the pattern can get a little tedious until you figure this out. Once you do you can just figure out the number of knitted stitches needed and alternating purl/knit stitches. So for example once you get past the first few "starting" stitches on Row 4 the pattern goes k3, p1k1p1. So you are knitting 3 then doing 3 stitches of the purl/knit pattern. Row 5 is k5, p1k1p1k1p1k1p1. So 5 knit stitches and then 7 repeats of the pattern. I hope this makes a little sense and doesn't make the pattern more confusing. It helped me not have to be constantly looking at the pattern for each row. Let me know if you have any questions!

Cast on 73 stitches and join in the round.
Knit around until brim measures 1 to 1 1/2 inches
Purl one round

Row 1: k1, *p1, k9, p1, k1; rep from *
Row 2: p1, *k1, p1, k7, p1, k1, p1; rep from *
Row 3: k1, *p1, k1, p1, k5 (p1, k1) twice; rep from *
Row 4: k1, * (k1, p1) twice, k3, p1, k1, p1, k2; rep from *
Row 5: k1, *k2, (p1, k1) 3 times, p1, k3; rep from *
Row 6: k1, *k3, (p1, k1) twice, p1, k4; rep from *
Row 7: k1, *k4, p1, k1, p1, k5; rep from *
Row 8: Rep Row 6
Row 9: Rep Row 5
Row 10: Rep Row 4
Row 11: Rep Row 3
Row 12: Rep Row 2

Repeat these 12 rows twice and then I think I did 1 through 6 again (or until your desired length)
Purl one row

Note: I did 6 rows of decreases without any knitted rows in between, but I think I would have alternated a decrease row and a knit row for the first three decreases next time to shape the crown a little better. You can do whatever you prefer. Change to dpns when needed.

Row 1: k2tog, k5, k2tog, *k6, k2tog* (The first k2tog on this row is so that instead of decreasing 73 stitches you are decreasing 72 so that it's even.)
Row 2: *k5, k2tog*
Row 3: *k4, k2tog*
Row 4: *k3, k2tog*
Row 5: *k2, k2tog*
Row 6: *k1, k2tog*
Row 7: k2tog around

Cut yarn, thread tapestry needle and draw through stitches left on needles.

Weave in loose strands and you're done!

Feel free to use my pattern for whatever purpose you wish, I just ask that you give me credit when you link to it or sell something made from it.

Happy Knitting!


bythelbs said...

You are a knitting goddess.

hi, i'm brooke! said...

i REALLY need to come to knitting night! when is it?? laura berry has been raving about you. =) i've been wanting to make some for the bump growing in my belly.

flip flop mama said...

Thank you bythelbs. You are TOO kind.

Brooke, It's the third Wednesday of each month. This month it's next Wed the 16th. Hope to see you (and anyone else who can make it) there!

Staceygirl said...

What is it that keeps you knitting?

flip flop mama said...

It's called a compulsion to keep my fingers busy. Plus I love it!

Claire Lge said...

Lovely hat!
I would like to knit it using straight needles, would I be using the same pattern as above or modify it slightly?

flip flop mama said...

Claire, you most certainly can do this on straight needles. You would just need to reverse every other row. So you would purl when it says knit and knit when it says purl. Also you would probably want to add a stitch at the beginning and end of each row so you could sew it up without it ruining the pattern.

margene Lucas said...

I'm so frustrated i'm only on the 1st row of pattern and i have one stitch left, i have 73 stitches i've counted them,pulled row out and redid still have one stitch left. Am I doing something wrong? Hel.

flip flop mama said...

I'm not sure. Would you like to email me at jamiesknits@gmail.com and give me more details? Then I can help you figure it out.