Everyone feels a little sense of pride for his or her letter. From toddlers just learning the alphabet to fully literate adults, John’s and Josephine’s root for J, and Peter’s and Petunia’s think P is A-number-one. These Monogrammed Hats for Everyone allow us all to show some my-letter-love!
Using our original Super Soft Merino Hats for Everyone pattern as the base, these hats add a simple duplicate-stitch monogram on the front and a cute pom pom on the top. Incredibly soft and cozy in Super Soft Merino, they’re also seriously quick and easy to whip up!
From A to Z, from Alfie to Zelda, we all have a letter. Put it on a hat and wear it proud! -Whitney
- Main Color: 1 skein of Purl Soho’s Super Soft Merino, 100% merino wool, 87 yards per skein. We used the colors Heirloom White and Oyster Gray. (Each hat requires about 36 [47, 58, 69, 80] yards of the Main Color.)
- Contrast Color: 1 skein of Purl Soho’s Super Soft Merino, 100% merino wool. We used the colors Red Zinnia, Super Pink, Clementine Orange, and Paprika Red, plus a splash of Storm Gray for a pom pom. (For just a monogram, you need only a small amount of the Contrast Color. For a pom pom, you’ll also need about 5-20 yards, depending on the size of pom pom.)
You’ll also need…
- A US #11, 16-inch circular needle
- A set of US #11 double pointed needles
- A jumbo stitch marker (optional)
- A tapestry needle
- A pom pom maker
12 stitches = 4 inch in stockinette stitch
Baby (Toddler, Kid, Women’s, Men’s)
- Finished circumference: 12 (14, 16, 18, 20) inches
- Finished height (not including pom pom): 6 (6 3/4, 7 1/2, 8 1/4, 9) inches
Cast 36 (42, 48, 54, 60) stitches onto the circular needles.
Place a marker and join for working in the round, being careful to not twist the stitches.
Round 1: *K3, p3, repeat from * to end of round.
Repeat Round 1 four (4, 5, 5, 6) more times.
Knit every round until piece measures 4 1/2 (5, 5 1/2, 6, 6 1/2) inches from the cast one edge.
- Baby: start the crown with Round 9
- Toddler: start with Round 7
- Kid: start with Round 5
- Women’s: start with Round 3
- Men’s: start with Round 1
Round 1: *K8, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. [54 stitches]
Round 2: Knit.
Round 3: *K7, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. [48 stitches]
Round 4: Knit.
Round 5: *K6, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. [42 stitches]
Round 6: Knit.
Round 7: *K5, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. [36 stitches]
Round 8: Knit.
Changing to double pointed needles…
Round 9: *K4, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. [30 stitches]
Round 10: *K3, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. [24 stitches]
Round 11: *K2, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. [18 stitches]
Round 12: *K1, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. [12 stitches]
Round 13: *K2tog, repeat from * to end of round. [6 stitches]
Cut the tail and thread it through the remaining stitches. Bring the tail to the inside of the hat.
Use whatever size pom pom maker you like to make a pom pom. Thread each pom pom tail separately through the top of the hat to the inside. Tie the tails into a knot, then thread the tails up through the pom pom itself and trim them so they’re even with the pom pom.
Sew in all the ends.
Positioning your letter a few rows above the top of the cuff, follow the letter chart of your choice to create a duplicate-stitch monogram. Note that each square in the charts represents an “A”-shaped knit stitch, not a “V.” And if you’d like a few duplicate stitch pointers, please be sure to visit our Duplicate Stitch Tutorial!