Simple hat

This simple hat is the ideal way to practise decreasing, the next stage in learning shaping. Decreasings are used when you want to get rid of stitches and are usually found when you need to add shape at the edges of a garment or in the centre of your knitting, as in necklines.

The hat is knitted in stocking stitch, with a gentle roll round the rim, so make sure your cast on is fairly loose; the best way to do this is by using the thumb method (page 26). If it is too tight, it will be difficult to get on the baby's head. Where the hat rolls up at the bottom, reverse the seam for a neater look.

technique focus knit 2 together ('k2tog' or 'dec one')

On a knit row, insert the right-hand needle from left to right through the next two stitches on the left-hand needle and knit them together. One stitch has been decreased.

simple hat

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