Just the Easy Bits

I had a lot of the purple yarn left after I made Ivy’s hat. A lot. As in, nearly a whole skein. And, since I like purple, (and there was so much of it) I decided to make a hat for myself. For some reason I was in the mood for knitting, but you know what? Casting on is so obnoxious. It’s easily my least favorite part of the whole process.

So, I decided to bypass the cast-on entirely by setting up the crown of the hat in crochet. It’s a strategy I’ve used before in my Hybrid Hat, but as you can see, the effect is quite different with a thinner yarn, some stockinette, and a bit of slouch.

Just the Easy Bits by Melissa Mall

See? Crochet at the top, stockinette down the sides, and ribbing at the brim. It’s quite a comfortable slouchy beanie.

Just the Easy Bits by Melissa Mall

Here’s a view of the top of the hat.

Just the Easy Bits by Melissa Mall

This was a nice, relaxing project. I can crochet circles in my sleep (well, nearly) and once you have the crown the right size, you just stick your needles through the stitches and knit around until it’s nearly long enough, then add a bit of ribbing and cast off.

Looking to make your own hat doing just the easy bits? Here’s some directions.

You Will Need

  • Lion Brand Heartland [100% Acrylic, 251yd/230m per 5oz/142g skein] color: Hot Springs (1 skein)
  • H/8 (5.00mm) Hook
  • Set of 5 size 8/5.0mm double pointed needles OR 16″ circular knitting needle in the same size

Gauge: 16 sts/22rows = 4″ in stockinette


Rnd 1: Ch 3; make 12 dc in 3rd ch from hook. Join rnd.

Rnd 2: Ch 2. [Dc inc] in each dc around. (24 dc) Join.

Rnd 3: Ch 2. [Dc in next st, dc inc in next st] around. (36 dc) Join.

Rnd 4: Ch 2. [Dc in each of the next 2 dc, dc inc in next st] around. (48 dc) Join rnd.

Rnd 5: Ch 2. [Dc in each of the next 3 dc, dc inc in next st] around. (60 dc)

Rnd 6: Ch 2. [Dc in each of the next 4 dc, dc inc in next st] around. (72 dc)

To switch to knitting, remove hook and put live loop on needle. Pick up one loop from each st around. (72 sts) If using dpns, distribute stitches so 18 are on each needle.

K around until work measures 8″ from crown.

Work in k2, p2 rib for 2 inches, bind off in patt. Weave in your ends, and wasn’t that easy?

Just the Easy Bits by Melissa Mall

I still have a bunch of purple yarn left.

Pygmy Puffs are Really Just Pompoms

It got cold the other day. Really, properly cold for the first time this fall. I was out shopping with Ivy, and in the transition from the car to the store there was enough time for the chilly wind to blow back her short little baby-hair while she spluttered and twisted her face and tried to hide from it.

She doesn’t have a hat, I realized. How ridiculous. We’ll have to fix this immediately.

While I was in the store I ran across some Lion Brand Heartland – it’s acrylic, but soft, with a nice heathered depth to the colors – and I picked some up. Here’s what I came up with.

Pygmy Puff Pompom Hat by Melissa Mall

The pink and purple made me think of Pygmy Puffs and I just rolled with it! I like it. It’s cute. But it’s a bit too big. When she tips her head back and behind her (you know, to see what’s on her head) it slides off. I tried it on my niece, though – she’s 18 months old – it fit just right. So I think I’ll have to make a smaller one for now.

Pygmy Puff Pompom Hat by Melissa Mall

Still – cute! Cute as can be! And guess what – I wrote up the pattern!

Pygmy Puff Pompom Hat by Melissa Mall

In fact, I wrote it up, resized it, and packaged it so if you are interested in making one of these hats for a newborn, baby, toddler, child or adult, you can purchase the pattern here!