EDIT 10/18/2020: It’s been 6 years since I posted this pattern, and to my shock people are still knitting this hat! To be honest I’d forgotten I’d shared it on Ravelry. Anyways, my original decreasing instructions were terrible and vague as far as how to stay in the pattern, so I’ve edited things to include the exact rows you need to do. Sorry everyone in the past who tried this hat! 😅
Friends may have heard that I wanted to start an Etsy shop. Basically, I took stock of my skills and what makes me happy, and I realized that this was it. I’m a crafter at heart. I like making lovely, ugly, crazy and colorful things. I can draw and create all sorts of little strange useless things, but the most “real world” thing that I could sell would be my knitting. I’m insecure of my drawings and doodles, but proud of my knitting.
So. I spent the winter holidays thinking of different things to make, small things that might actually be profitable. Because that’s really the problem with the whole idea of selling knitting. If you realistically take into account the cost of materials and labor, then you come to a fair price that no one is willing to pay. Most people have been blinded by fast fashion prices and clothes made of cheap materials, and could not fathom paying $50+ for a hat.
Anyways, I kept thinking about it. I knit little coffee cozies. I knit dishcloths. I knit cowls. I scoured Etsy endlessly, noting trends in materials and popular styles. A friend sent me thatÂ Wall Street Journal article about arm knitting, noting its “high ROI.” Just 30 minutes to make and they’re going for $50 on Etsy! Not to mention they are UUUUGGGGLYYYY. I tried arm knitting. It was terrible.Â I purchased a LOT of yarn, hoping to find a happy medium between price and quality. It was a bit overwhelming, although the hoarder in me was very happy to be buying lots of yarn again :).
So my idea had been a bit stagnant for a month or so. Then, over the Presidential long weekend, I decided that I wanted a hat knit in Andalusian stitch. I’d knit at least three of the “Andalutheean knit dishcloth“, and I thought that the slightly nubby texture would be cute on a hat as well.
I cast on while watching season 2 of House of Cards, and after 3 false starts and stops (I was working without a measuring tape, URGH), I had my hat! I loved working with the yarn, but I never wear pink, so I put it up on Etsy. And now I have an Etsy shop . Well, that was simple. I’ve still got a ways to go as far as taking care of the little things, such as creating a proper banner for the shop and fleshing out logistics of shipping, etc. But! I think that this is a good reminder that sometimes we overthink things. Fuck ROI. Fuck market research! Sometimes you have a little fun making something silly and pink, and then you put it up on the internet.
So, here’s my hat. If you knit it, please let me know! I’d love to see pictures.
The House of Cards Hat
Andalusian Stitch (worked across a multiple of 2 stitches)
- Row 1:Â Knit.
- Row 2:Â Knit.
- Row 3:Â *Knit 1, purl 1. Repeat from * across row.
- Row 4:Â Knit.
Materials: Worsted weight yarn. Shown in Manos Del Uruguay Maxima in Peach Melba OR Â Malabrigo Worsted in Alpine Pearl
Guage: 5 stitches/ inch across, and 8 rows/inch tall in Andalusian stitch
Dimensions: 9 and a half inches across, 7 and a half inches tall. Fits a 21 inch head, give or take an inch.
Needles: Size 6 circulars, Size 7 circulars, Size 7 double pointed needles
- CO 103 stitches on size 6 circular needles. Join the round by knitting together the last and first stitches. You now have 102 stitches.
- Knit in K1, P1 ribbing for an inch and a half (about 12 rows)
- Switch to size 7 circular needles. Knit one row.
- Start Andalusian stitch. Work for 5 repeats.
- During the 6th repeat of the stitch pattern, you’re going to start decreasing on Row 4. You’re going to be doing the decreases in pattern, on rows 2 and 4 of the pattern.
- Row 4: *K15, K2Tog* Repeat until end. Start with 102 stitches, end with 96.
- Row 1: K across.
- Row 2: *K14, K2Tog* Repeat until end. 96 -> 90
- Row 3: *K1,P1* Repeat until end.
- Row4: *K13,K2Tog* Repeat until end. 90 -> 84
- Row 1: K across.
- Row 2: *K12,K2tog* Repeat until end. 84 -> 78
- Row 3: *K1,P1* Repeat until end.
- Row4: *K13,K2Tog* Repeat until end. 78 -> 72
Continue in this vein until you get to the row where you’re doing *K4, K2tog* (should be Row 2). Here things start decreasing fast. Follow these last steps:
- Â *K4,K2tog* Repeat until end. 36 -> 30 stitches
- *K1,P1* Repeat until end. 30 stitches
- *K3,K2tog* Repeat until end. 30 -> 24 stitches
- *K2,K2tog* Repeat until end. 24 -> 18 stitches
- *K1,K2tog* Repeat until end. 18 -> 12 stitches
- *K2tog* Repeat until end. 12 -> 6 stitches
String yarn through remaining 6 stitches. Pull tight, and weave in the ends. Hat time! I ended up knitting a purple hat as well. So girly. Sheesh.
Awesome pattern…just finished this pattern for my mom and it was a hit. Thank you!
Hello, I am curious when you start using the double pointed needles? I see them listed in the materials but not in the directions. thanks, Shannon
Hi Shannon! Basically you’re going to switch during the decreases. At a certain point during the decrease section, things are going to start feeling tight on your circulars, so then move your stitches carefully over to the DPNs. Hope that helps. -T
Hi, it’s been a long time since this pattern was posted but I hope you read this and can help me.
Was wondering something about the end of the decreasing. I got a bit confused when I read this: “youâ€™re going to to skip the plain knit row, and decrease every round (still staying in Andalusian stitch pattern).”.
Do you mean that I have to decrease in row 1 too, apart from 2 & 4, while keeping K1,P1 in row 3?
Just wanted to make sure before getting started; would hate to end up with an elf hat xdd
Ana–I’m confused too! Two years later than you. Do you remember what you did at the end of the hat? Tracy, if you are still checking this, can you chime in on this? I was looking at the end of the pattern and not sure if I include the K1P1 in row 3 and if so, do I also decrease in that round?
Can you clarify from this point: â€œyouâ€™re going to to skip the plain knit row, and decrease every round (still staying in Andalusian stitch pattern).â€
Love this pattern my hat looks great works up quick think I will use this pattern for my charity hats! Thanks
Thanks! Glad people are still getting use out of this pattern!
I just found your pattern posted. Finally something that I like to make for myself.
Thank you Tracey.
I am a newer knitter and have the same question posed in November of 2017:
“Was wondering something about the end of the decreasing. I got a bit confused when I read this: â€œyouâ€™re going to to skip the plain knit row, and decrease every round (still staying in Andalusian stitch pattern).â€.
Do you mean that I have to decrease in row 1 too, apart from 2 & 4, while keeping K1,P1 in row 3?”
I don’t understand how you stay in Andalusian stitch pattern if you are skipping the knit row. Can you please explain each row after getting to the *K4,K2tog* row?
Lost count of how many of these I have made…I think at least five and am starting number six, then seven. Thanks for the updates on decreasing! Will be helpful. I have made a few of mine a bit more slouchy than beanie. Thank you for sharing.
Yay! I’m happy to hear that! I’ll bet it looks really cute slouchy, I’ll have to try that
Hello, do I use 16 inch circulars?
Yep 16 inch circs should work well, then switch to double pointed needles during the decreases