Special thanks to Wanett Clyde for granting me permission to publish the Nettie Hat for free here on Getting Purly With It. Wannet’s Ravelry name is “Nettie” and to honor her I named this hat after her!
The Nettie Hat is an easy stockinette stitch based hat which I offer you in two different versions. (Scroll all the way down to get to PDF files.)
Nettie Hat Version 1 is knit in the round using US5 and US7 circular 16″ (yarn used in this picture Malabrigo Silk/Merino):
And Nettie Hat Version 2 is knitted flat using US7 circular 24″. This version has a fun element to it: ruching which bunches up at the base of the hat (yarn used in this picture Madeline Tosch DK):
How to create the ruches
I think the Nettie Hat version 1 is pretty straightforward; in the round, decreasing for top, and there you have your hat.
Nettie Hat version 2 might need a mini picture tutorial, so here we go!
Version 2 is knitted flat and after you are done with decreasing for the top, and you have threaded the remaining stitches and fastened it off, your piece should look like this:
In the above picture my piece is laying flat to dry because I wet blocked it. I always wet block my pieces, you don’t have to if you don’t want to.
Wet blocking is optional but I have to say, it does eliminate somewhat the curling of the edges since this piece is knitted in stockinette stitch.
Seam the sides of hat together using the mattress stitch aka invisible seam stitch:
If you don’t know how to do the mattress stitch, go to Knittinghelp.com, click on their “tips” tab, scroll down until you hit “mattress stitch” and watch the video.
Once it is seamed, bunch up your hat by pushing the end up along the your seamed tail:
How far to bunch it up is all up to you. Do a little bit, see how you like it and if you want some more ruching, go ahead and bunch it up some more.
I like the outcome of Nettie Hat version 2:
The many different yarns I used for the Nettie Hat
This hats needs 140 yards of light worsted weight or heavy DK weight yarn.
So far I have used the following yarns:
Venezia worsted by Cascade, Malabrigo Silk Merino, Madeline Tosh DK, and Cotton/Bamboo by Classic Elite.
I think it is especially nice when you use somewhat slouchy fiber such as silks, cotton, bamboo mercerized cotton, rayon. Great since we are heading into warmer weather!
And now for the PDF files!
Click on the links below to get the PDF files of your Nettie Hat:
I am leaving you with a slide show of all the yarns I used to make the Nettie Hat.
Have fun with your Nettie Hat! Wheeeeee!