Nerd Break: Star Wars Knit Hat Free Pattern
Hey there, friends! I haven't been as active on my blog lately, because school has been kicking my butt (helloooo thesis + final paper crunch time) and also Christmas gifts are taking over my making time. So Making Updates are being put on hold right now. That said, I wanted to pop in and offer you guys a free pattern! I recently discovered both the wonder of fair isle knitting (way easier than I ever thought) and the pure joy that is making nerdy things for your nerdy friends. One said nerdy project that has been on my needles lately is a Star Wars inspired storm trooper hat. Quite a few of you have sent me DMs asking where I got the pattern and, instead of individually emailing out instructions like I have been, I figured I'd just go ahead and share it in a blog post!
I should start by saying that this beanie is not entirely my own. I kind of patched together things I found in different corners of the Internet (all of which are free online and linked to here!). The basic construction of this beanie was borrowed from the A Pokéhat pattern by Mrs. Luedeke (free on Ravelry and her website). The chart I adapted from visually deconstructing this pattern by Mrs. Stromberg which, unfortunately, is no longer available. So, using Stitch Fiddle (an amazing site all fair isle knitters should try for creating knit charts), I mashed the storm trooper design together with Mrs. Luedeke's beanie construction, added some little flourishes of my own, and voila! My take on the Storm Trooper Beanie was born.
Yarn: Sport weight yarn. 90 yards MC; 40 yards Black; 40 yards White
I used Brava Sport in Black, White, and Charcoal Heather.
Needles: 4mm 16 inch circular needles
Gauge: 23 sts = 4 in.
Finished size: 21 in. around, 9.25 in. height
Cast on 96 stitches and join in the round. Place marker to mark end of round.
Round 1–8: Using MC, (K2, P2) around. (96 stitches)
Round 9: (K4, M1) around. (120 stitches)
Round 10–43: Follow the chart included below. The chart contains 20 stitches and so will repeat 6 times around. (Note that the chart starts counting rows at 1; add 9 to the chart's row number to figure out which round you are actually on.)
Round 44: Switch to MC.
Start decreasing: Switch to DPNs or magic loop when stitches no longer fit on circular needles.
Round 45: (K10, K2tog, PM) around. (110 stitches)
Round 46: K around. (110 stitches)
Round 47: (K9, K2tog, PM) around. (100 stitches)
Round 48: K around. (100 stitches)
Round 49: (K8, K2tog, PM) around. (90 stitches)
Round 50: K around. (90 stitches)
Round 51: (K7, K2tog, PM) around. (80 stitches)
Round 52: K around. (80 stitches)
Round 53: (K6, K2tog, PM) around. (70 stitches)
Round 54: K around. (70 stitches)
Round 55: (K5, K2tog, PM) around. (60 stitches)
Round 56: K around. (60 stitches)
Round 57: (K4, K2tog, PM) around. (50 stitches)
Round 58: K around. (50 stitches)
Round 59: (K3, K2tog, PM) around. (40 stitches)
Round 60: K around. (40 stitches)
Round 61: (K2, K2tog, PM) around. (30 stitches)
Round 62: K around. (30 stitches)
Round 63: (K1, K2tog, PM) around. (20 stitches)
Round 64: K around. (20 stitches)
Round 65: K2tog around and remove all stitch markers if you are still using them. (10 stitches)
Cut a long tail and draw yarn through remaining stitches. Pull tight. Weave yarn through stitches one or two more times to make sure the end is fully closed. Weave in all ends. Wet block for best results. Add pom if desired.