UPDATED Bigfoot Hat - Free Knitting Pattern
You can see some examples of the new version of the hat to the right, where I don't start the decreases of the crown until after completing the honeycomb pattern, rather than working the decreases in with the pattern. It makes the finished hat a bit lengthier since slouchier hats are back in style again, I suppose. I never quite know what's in style at any given time.
The older images of the hat are down at the bottom of the page if you'd also like to see them if you're new here.
I'm fairly certain the original hat that Lorelai wears on Gilmore Girls is using DK yarn. (The original post I made about this hat can be found here.) It's the only way to get the appropriate number of hairy hominids around (I believe there are five or six). I used worsted weight yarn, so the hat isn't completely identical to the one on the show and it has four mythical beasts.
TOOLS AND MATERIALS
US size 6 circular needles, and size 8 circular
needles (whatever length you’re most comfortable with, I used 14”) - you’ll be
knitting in the round – I used the smaller needles for the brim then switched
to larger for the body to make sure the pattern remained stretchy since there
are large sections of solid color
· US size 8 DPNs (4 of them)
· worsted weight yarn in desired colors – referred to as background color and pattern color, respectively
· yarn needle
· crochet hook (optional, for weaving in ends)
· stitch marker (optional)
· k: knit
· p: purl
· k1p1: knit 1 purl 1
· k2tog: knit 2 together (decrease)
· st/sts: stitch/stitches
· rnd/rnds: round/rounds
· CO: cast on
Gauge: about 5 sts/in, 5 rows/in
Finished hat measures approx. 11” tall and 9” across when lying flat using the needles above (this is the "new" version of the hat). Change needle-sizes and/or yarn weights to make slight adjustments to the size.
This isn’t an insanely difficult hat, but I do recommend you have experience with colorwork, grabbing your floats, tension, etc. It’s a good beginner hat for a knitter looking for a nice colorwork starter project!
- With pattern color (or background color, if you want).
- CO 96 sts.
- Rnds 1-9: k1p1 around; If you’d like a longer hat, add more rnds of ribbing;
- Rnd 10: switch to larger needles and background color, k around;
- Rnd 11: p around; these two rnds create a little contrasting ridge separating the brim from the hat;
- Rnd 12: incorporating pattern color, begin working the chart below. Start working the chart in the bottom right corner. Repeat the chart around 4 times.
Now it’s time to begin working k2tog decreases (switch to your DPNs when circulars get uncomfortable).
The decrease pattern for the crown is as follows:
- K10, k2tog, repeat around (88 sts);
- K around (88 sts);
- K9, k2tog, repeat around (80 sts);
- K around (80 sts);
- K8, k2tog, repeat around (72 sts);
- K around (72 sts);
- K7, k2tog (64 sts);
- K around (64 sts);
- K6, k2tog (56 sts);
- K around (56 sts);
- K5, k2tog (48 sts);
- K4, k2tog (40 sts);
- K3, k2tog (32 sts);
- K2, k2tog (24 sts);
- K, k2tog (16 sts)
- K2tog around (8 sts), break off yarn with a tail of several inches to close the hole.
Finishing: close the hole, weave in your ends with your preferred method, and your hat is done!
5-Squatch Hat (Thanks go out to WireMonkey for getting to this before me. Go now and check out her Ravelry page!)
Lorelai's hat had five bigfootsies on it, so you'll want to do this for the most accurate Gilmore Girls-inspired hat. Just drop your needles down to size 6 for the entire hat and use DK yarn. CO 120 and repeat the bigfoot chart 5 times and the honeycomb chart 10 times. Add length to the brim to make a longer hat, as before.
Double-knitting colorwork just requires doubling the number of stitches in your colored sections and maintaining the alternating knit and purl stuff...if that makes any sense (this is totally why I don't make tutorials explaining actual skills). It's not as hard as it sounds, I swear.
For an adult hat use size 6 (or 7) needles and again CO 144 in DK or sport. You'll need at least a 1" brim. I went with 1.5" because my gauge changes pretty substantially when I double-knit. The needle size you need depends a lot on your double-knitting gauge and your yarn.
I chose not to do the ridge above the brim on the handful of double-sided hats I've made. I also chose to leave off the honeycombs on the crown. Personal preference - nothing more. Both are still possible with double-knitting. You can even still have a ribbed brim.
Woo hoo! As usual - happy knitting! Show me your bigfoot hats on the Facebook page and don't forget to share this pattern with your pals!