Reminiscent of Lyra’s Cat-Hat in the film “The Golden Compass”, here is a simple pattern for a Hitty-Hatty for warmth, humor and resistance. Many thanks to the Huron County Hittys and the Quimper Hittys – kind friends and pattern-testers – and to Wizzy, always an inspiration.
Size US 0 (UK 14, MM 2.0) double-pointed needles
Fingering or lace weight wool
Stitch marker. You can use a simple loop of a contrasting yarn.
Take a moment, please, to read through the entire pattern.
These little hats knit so quickly, swatching for gauge is of little value. Hittys come in a variety of sizes. The pattern is simple enough for instant adaptation for your particular dolly. Too wide? Either reduce stitches cast-on by four, or reduce size of needles. Too tall? Reduce the rows knitted by two. Too loose? Reduce size of needles.
Skills to know or learn: Knit stitch, purl stitch, 2 x 2 ribbing, knitting in the round with double-pointed needles, Kitchener stitch
Cast on 36 stitches.
Arrange stitches evenly over three needles, 12 stitches per needle, being careful not to twist the stitches. Join to knit in the round. Note: I usually put my stitch marker on after 2 stitches, otherwise I tend to lose it and, really, if you can keep track of your yarn tail on this quick project, a stitch marker isn’t really necessary…just a good habit.
Rounds 1-4: Work in 2 x 2 ribbing.
Rounds 5-16 (Lengthen/shorten your hat here, if you wish.): Knit every round.
Arrange your work over two needles, 18 stitches per needle. Cut your yarn from the ball, leaving a good length for seaming, at least 3 times the length across the top of your hat, with a bit left over to weave in.
Seam the top using the Kitchener stitch. It can be fiddly at this small scale, so take your time and keep count of your pairs of stitches. Use your tapestry needle to weave in your yarn tails.
Created especially for the Wiregrass Hitties & Mad for the Farthing Crowd January 2017
The Quimper Hittys knit a marvelous interpretation with their Catkin Hats. Purrrfect!