Free Pattern: Lightning Fast Hat

Lightning Fast Hat.

The Lightning Fast Hat JUST flew off my needles. On Monday: I spun and plied the yarn. On Tuesday: I set the twist and let it dry. On Wednesday: I caked it up and knit this hat. On Thursday: I shared my pattern with you!

The fiber was purchased in September 2019 at the Shannendoah Valley Fiber Festival from Mustache Millie.

Lightning Fast Hat! Featuring no makeup, no filter, and poor overhead lighting at night.

I made THIS hat with a chunky weight thick and thin handspun, but you can always use a similarly sized commercial spun yarn (something that works up on an 8mm/size 11 needle). Lion Brand’s Hue + Me meets gauge; the finish is very different.

Pattern: Lightning Fast Hat

Yarn: 79 yards of chunky weight yarn. (I used a thick and thin handspun).
Lion Brand Hue + Me will also work, and provide a smooth (non-textured) finish.
Also tested: 2 strands of worsted held double. Bernat Roving.
Needle: 8mm/Size 11 DPNs (set of 5). Or a 16″circular with DPNs for crown.
Other Notions: Cable needle, yarn needle, BOR marker

Dimensions: 19″ unstretched circumference, 8″ high. Note: this fits my 22″ head without issue.

Gauge: with the thick and thin yarn, my gauge varied between 2.75 and 3 stitches per inch; this gauge was measured on stockinette in the round. My Hue + Me swatch, the doubled worsted and Bernat Roving all measure 3 stitches per inch in stockinette on size 11 needles.

K: Knit
P: Purl
BOR: beginning of round
C5F: slip 2 stitches onto a cable needle, hold in front, knit the next 3 stitches. Knit the 2 stitches off the cable needle.
C5B: slip 3 stitches onto a cable needle, hold in back, knit the next 2 stitches. Knit the 3 stitches off the cable needle.
K2Tog: Knit 2 together.


Cast on 60 stitches. I used long-tail cast-on divided over 4 needles (15 stitches each needle). Designate BOR.

Ribbing: work *K2, P2* ribbing for 5 rounds.

Row 1: K10, P4, C5F, P2, C5B, P4, K to end of round.
Row 2-6: K10, P4, K5, P2, K5, P4, K to end of round.

You will work rows 1-6 a total of 4 times (24 rows total).
Work row 1 once more.

Crown Shaping:
Row 1: (K3, K2Tog)x2, P2, P2Tog, K3, K2Tog, P2, K3, K2Tog, P2, P2Tog, (K3, K2Tog)x6
Row 2: (K2, K2Tog)x2, P1, P2Tog, K2, K2Tog, P2, K2, K2Tog, P1, P2Tog, (K2, K2Tog)x6
Row 3: (K1, K2Tog)x2, P2Tog, K1, K2Tog, P2, K1, K2Tog, P2Tog, (K1, K2Tog)x6
Row 4: (K2Tog)x2, P1, K2Tog, P2Tog, K2Tog, P1, (K2Tog)x6
Row 5 and 6: K2Tog to the end of round.

Cut a 6-10 inch tail; with yarn needle pull the tail through the remaining stitches to close top of hat. Fasten.
Weave in ends.
If desired: Block. Add Pom-Pom. Whatever makes you happy.

Now: wait for a cold day to wear your boss new hat.

Don’t have a stash of bulky handspun? Make it with 2 strands of worsted held together or with your favorite bulky! I’ve tested Lion Brand Wool-Ease (worsted) held with Mainstays Basic and with Bernat’s Roving!


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