Basic Stocking Cap Knitting Pattern
(cap pattern only; download Wool Flower Tutorial to make the WinterGarden Stocking Cap)2 |Page
Work I-cord on second and third needles: *k2, pickup st from base of first I-cord, slide stitches to end of needle*. Repeat until I-cord is as long as you want it to be.To add flowers, see Wool Flower Tutorial.
Detail PatternStep 1
Check your gauge
I know you don’t want to, but you WILL have better results if you knit a swatch to test your gauge.
Usually, instructions tell you to cast on and knit to make a 4 inch square swatch. That seems like a wasteof time to me. I usually cast on 10-15 stitches (depending on the size of the yarn) then knit 5-10 rows.Measure to to determine how many stiches
are in an inch. You can measure how many rows
are in an inch, too, but that doesn’t really matter for this project.
Figure out your size
You could make this for a baby, a kid, or an adult as long as you know their head size. So measure thehead you are knitting for and multiply that by the number of stitches per inch. When you have thatnumber, round to the nearest number that is divisible by 10. For example, if your head measurement is18 inches and your stitches per inch (gauge) is 6 stitches per inch you multiply these two number (18 x 6)to get 108. Round this number to 110. This is the number of stitches you will cast on.
Cast on stitches
In my opinion, this is the most critical part of knitting a cap. If you cast on too tightly, the hat won’tstretch nicely and will be hard to put on and/or uncomfortable to wear. I have always used the “longtail” method, you may prefer to use the “knitting on” method
which is more elastic when stretched. If
you don’t know what I’m talking about,
google the terms and you will find a ton of how-to videos.
I recommend you cast on your stitches, knit a row, then test stretch your work. If it’s too tight, recast on
now. After you have a few more rows knit, test it again. If you got your cast on row too tight, you wantto discover it early so you have less to rip out.Using your circular needle, cast on the number of stitches you came up with in Step 2
Knitting the cap
First, make sure you haven’t twisted your cast on stitches. Join your work. What
does this mean? Forme, I just knit the first stitch, pulling the tension tighter than I normally would. Other people tie a knot (Ihate knots in my knitting so I never-ever-
ever tie knots), but this is a personal choice. What you don’t
want is to have a gap later on so make sure that first stitch is tight.Work 1 inch in garter stitch. We are working in the round so that means you knit one row, then purl onerow.Work body of hat in stockinette stitch (in the round, that means knit every row). I worked 5 inches of stockinette (6 inches from cast on). My model is 3 years old, d
epending on the size of head you’re
working with, you may need more (for adults) or less (for babies).