Viennese winds can be harsh, particularly if you’re a child. Having had their previously favourite hat blown off their head numerous times, I was asked to please make another hat, that doesn’t do that. Behold, the No Blow Hat, so elastic, it clings onto your head without pressure (and, as a side effect, fits most heads no matter their size).

You’ll need: some sports-weight yarn in as many colours as you want. 3.5 mm needles (double point or hat round needle).

Abbreviations:

  • ktbl — knit through back loup
  • p — purl
  • k — knit
  • m — make (I do that here by picking up the yarn between two stitches and knitting it through the back loop. This effectively twists the yarn and makes the potential hole smaller)
  • k2tog — knit 2 together

Pattern:

  • Cast on 84 stitches (I use long-tail cast-on); join in the round (be careful not to twist)
  • 7 rows (ktbl, p1) to end 
  • (k7, m1) to end — 96 stitches
  • *row 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21 and 23: knit
  • row 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12: (k3, p3) to end
  • row 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24: (p3, k3) to end*
  • repeat stitches between * twice
  • For the colour effect above, you want to change the yarn every 12 rows.
  • Optional: repeat rows 1-12 once more.
  • (k10, k2tog) to end
  • knit
  • (k9, k2tog) to end
  • knit
  • (k8, k2tog) to end
  • knit
  • (k7, k2tog) to end
  • knit
  • (k6, k2tog) to end
  • knit
  • (k5, k2tog) to end
  • (k4, k2tog) to end
  • (k3, k2tog) to end
  • (k2, k2tog) to end
  • (k1, k2tog) to end
  • pull yarn through remaining stitches, pull tight and weave in ends.

Enjoy!

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