Knit a Rectangle and Turn It Into a Hat

I have had several people comment on the similarity of Martha Stewart and me – so I thought it was appropriate and a little funny when my mom sent me some knitting patterns from Martha’s magazine.  The patterns all are easy and look so much fun!  Since I can’t keep my hands idle for very long and to be able to knit and listen to Stella read to me or watch a movie with out having to think about a pattern – is really great – I had to start one!  I chose to make the hat, which really is just knitting a rectangle and the sewing up two seams – how much easier could a hat be?!

Child’s Hat

Items Needed

Size 6 needles, I chose to use circular – gives me more room
1 skein wool yarn, I chose to use a wool blend that is washable, since this is a kids hat and I used 2 skeins of the same color – just easier for me
Darning needle


1. Cast on 72 stitches with 2 strands (or the amount of stitches that would equal 12″)

2. Knit every row (garter stitch) for 104 rows ( or the amount of rows that will equal 10 1/2″ – it took me 83 rows)

3. Bind off, weave in ends

Rectangle should measure 12″across x 10 1/2″long (this is what Martha’s pattern called for – mine turned out to be 18″ x 10 1/2″)

4. Fold rectangle in half, sew side seams


5. Since mine was bigger than the pattern called for – I turn the end over for a “cuff” and tacked in on both sides and the center of the back and middle.



You can also add a pom pom on each corner of the top of the hat – I am not a big fan of pom poms – so I have not yet decided on whether or not I will add them.

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3 Responses to Knit a Rectangle and Turn It Into a Hat

  1. virginia says:

    Go Martha – OH I mean Pamela!

  2. simply0637 says:

    Thanks for the chuckle – laughter is always a good thing!

  3. Candace says:

    What an easy hat. Great for beginners. Stella looks adorable!! : )
    By the way, I am in the process of knitting the slippers you had a few weeks ago.

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