Although I'd like this to be a tutorial that could teach people how to knit, it is not. Learning to knit for the first time requires a grandmother, sister, mom, dad or in-person class. But if you already know some basics, like how to knit and how to purl, this is for you.
Read through the directions entirely first. If you are a beginner, I am hoping after you make this hat you will have added a few knitting skills.
Also, I can't take credit for the design of this hat. I have merely miniaturized the popular design by Kat Coyle on Ravelry. You can read a bit about her design here.
What you'll need:
A small skein of worsted weight yarn, I used Malabrigo Worsted in Cactus flower, but there are many great worsted yarns, such as Cascade 220
- Knitting needles, I used size 5, but more on that later.
- A yarn darning needle, such as a chibi darning needle
A Bit about Gauge
Before following a knitting pattern it is important to make sure you are knitting at the correct gauge. Gauge is how many stitches you are knitting per inch. Changing your needle size will change the gauge. If you are knitting a sweater you would knit a sample swatch before and see if you are knitting the correct number of stitches per inch. But this little hat is the size of a swatch, so I think you can figure it out as you go along. Without a gauge check you can be knitting in the same size needles and yarn as me but your hat could come out larger or smaller, depending on whether you knit tighter or looser than me. My gauge was 5 stitches to an inch when knitting stockinette stitch (knit 1 row, purl 1 row).
If you are knitting for ExtraSmall Phoebe your hat will be approximately 4.5 inches wide per side and 5.25 inches before folded in half and sewn. Regular sized Phoebe's hat is 6.5 inches wide and 8 inches before being folded.
For ExtraSmall Phoebe's hat cast on 26 stitches. For Regular Phoebe cast on 42. I sue a long tail cast on because it is very stretchy. Very Pink does wonderful YouTube knitting tutorials and her Long Tail Cast on is no exception. It makes it so easy, you will always use it. And since it is such a sturdy stretchy cast on, why not?
I have left a tail of about 5-7 inches after casting on (see photo below). I will use this to sew up this side of the hat.