I am a nerd, but not so much of a nerd that I like to shout it out to the whole world. You might call me a closet nerd. This hat is patterned to look like the paneled sides of the TARDIS – especially when knit in Police Box Blue. It speaks to other nerds, but leaves most others in ignorance. It is easy to knit – using only knit, purl, and directional decreases.
Finished Hat Size 8” tall and 21” around to fit head size 22 ½” around
1.5” negative ease recommended.
Knit Picks Swish Worsted (100% Merino Wool; 110 yards [101 meters]/50 grams): 25160 Dusk (MC), 2 balls; 24661 Cobblestone Heather (CC), 1 ball
Size US 6 (4 mm): 16” circular, DPNs
8 stitch markers (one of a different color), tapestry needle
22 1/2 sts and 34 1/2 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after blocking.
This pattern is worked in the round from the bottom up.
CO 120 sts in MC, join in the round being careful not to twist. PM for BOR (use the differently-colored marker).
Next Rnd: k3, p2 around. Work ribbing for 2”/5cm.
Change to CC and k 1 round plain.
Work pattern 8 times around as follows:
Rnds 1-4: K3, p12, pm.
Rnds 5-14: K3, p2, k8, p2
Work rounds 1-14 three times.
Next rnd (move and eliminate markers): (Remove marker, k1, replace marker, k2, p12) around (you’ll move markers 1, 3, 5 and 7 one st toward the end of the round and remove markers 2, 4 and 6).
Work decreases 4 times around as follows:
Next Rnd: K1, ssk, p11, k3, p11, k2tog; repeat until end of rnd; 112 sts.
Next Rnd: K1, ssk, p10, k3, p10, k2tog; repeat until end of rnd; 104 sts.
Continue decreasing in patt (working one less purl st in each section) until 16 sts rem.
K2tog around; 8 sts.
Break yarn and thread tail through remaining sts twice.
Weave in ends and block. Add a pom pom if you like.
About the Designer: Stephany Mayo
Stephany Mayo learned to knit in college from an online tutorial. She has always enjoyed making things, and in addition to knitting she spends her time sewing and spinning. After graduating college with a music degree she realized that she needed some more relevant life skills, so now she writes knitting patterns under the pseudonym DramaticLyric. She lives in South Carolina with her husband and 2 cats.