The hat I knitted for my brother was made to a very strict set of specifications. It was to be an exact replica of a white simple ribbed hat he found at my Grandma’s house a few years ago. She had knitted it over 20 years ago and was quite bemused why David would want such a tatty old hat. Anyway, after having worn it almost every day for a good few years, he wanted a dark version of it. So I found a pattern online that was similar – HJS Studio Simple Knit Hat – worked out how to do it exactly like the white one and knitted it in navy blue. It ticked all the boxes.
However, when it came to knitting a hat for my chap Martin, I wanted to make it a bit more interesting to knit, so I found a variation on the rib stitch – the cross stitch rib. It’s made up in exactly the same way as the pattern linked to above, but instead of just using rib stitch all the way through, after about 10 rows of rib, swap to cross stitch rib as follows:
1. (right side) p1, *Tw2R, p1, repeat from * to end of row
2. k1, * p2, k1, repeat from * to end of row
Tw2R = knit into front of 2nd stitch, don’t slip off, come back round and knit into first stitch then slip both off together.