This pattern was my first hat and my first pattern on double pointed needles. I remember talking on the phone with my grandmother comparing our knitting projects and telling her how much I did not like knitting with double pointed needles. Every time that I knit this hat I remember what she said to me, “Pammy, why would you use double pointed needles when you can use circular needles – that is all that I use.” My grandmother is no longer with us, but those words ring out loud and clear each time a pattern calls for double pointed needles!
Over the weekend I started the women’s knitting circle and pot luck back up for the winter months. I really love our group, never knowing how many will show or what will be brought. We meet once a month and knit for about 2 hours and then enjoy some yummy treats. I always feel so good afterwards – it is not very often that women take the time to relax and enjoy each others company – we are always running around and doing for others and forget about ourselves. We had almost as many children this time as adults!
Fisherman’s Knitted Cap
What you will need
1 skein bulky wool yarn
Size 8 double pointed and/or circular (16″) needles
X-Small 20″ (Children)
Small/Medium 21 – 22″ (Women)
Large 23″ (Men)
Gauge: 18 stitches and 26 rows to 4″
1. Cast on 80 (88, 96), if using double pointed needles divide evenly.
2. Join, taking care not to twist. Place marker and end of round.
4. Next Round: *K6, K2tog *, repeat from * to * for the entire round, you will now have 70 (77, 84) stitches.
5. Knit 1 round
6. Next Round: *K5, K2tog, repeat from * to * for the entire round, you will now have 60 (66, 72) stitches.
7. Knit 1 round
8. Next Round: *K4, K2tog, repeat from * to * for the entire round you will now have 50 (55, 60) stitches.
9. Knit 1 round
11. Knit 1 round
12. Next Round: *K2, K2tog, repeat from * to * for the entire round, you will now have 30 (33, 36) stitches.
13. Knit 1 round
14. Next Round: *K1, K2tog, repeat from * to * for entire round, you will now have 20 (22, 24) stitches.
15. Knit 1 round
Lightly block finished cap. Turn cuff up 3″ from lower edge and steam lightly in place.