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How to KNIT A HAT for Beginners (step by step tutorial)



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welcome to the blank slate hat pattern

tutorial this is a simple and classic

hat pattern that knits up super quick

with less than one ball of super chunky

yarn this hat is for beginners who can

knit purl and cast on

if you've knit a scarf and you're

looking for a new challenge then this is

it quick note about construction this

hat is knit flat and then seamed

together at the end what you'll learn in

this tutorial I'll show you how to knit

this hat from beginning to end we'll go

through how to increase with a kfb how

to knit a gradual decrease and how to

seam with mattress stitch for an

invisible joint I'll also show you three

ways to jazz up this hat so that it's no

longer a blank slate but a really unique

hat that you can customize to suit your

taste and personality sometimes I'll

point you to other tutorials that I've

made instead of going through the whole

technique in detail

this makes the tutorial more concise

I've made video chapters with time

stamps so you can skip around really

easily so download the pattern in the

description and let's get into it

I'm using one ball of Ricoh design

essentials super chunky in the color 23

this is a 50% wool 50% acrylic blend

which is pretty soft and affordable I'm

also using a pair of 10 millimeter

bamboo needles for reference the gauge

for this pattern is 11 stitches and 15

rows equals 4 inches or 10 centimeters

in stockinette stitch I'll link all

these materials in the description

notions include a tapestry needle a

ruler or tape measure and some split

ring stitch markers for seaming which is

optional you'll also need some scrap

cardboard from making the pom-pom an old

notebook or even some cards if you're

not too sentimental would work just fine

oh you'll also need a pair of sharp

scissors

[Music]

all right so now we are going to cast on

so I kind of assumed that you know how

to work a long tail cast on if not you

can click on this video up top which

I'll also link down in the description

but we'll just do a quick overview so

I've left a nice long tail of yarn here

this is our long tail and then I've made

a slip knot and placed it onto my needle

the yarn tail is in the front of my work

ok this bunch here is in the front and

in the back is the yarn that's attached

to my ball of yarn okay so now I'm going

to take my left hand and just grab the

yarn ok and then I'm going to use my

thumb and my index finger to kind of

push the yarn apart all right and move

it around alright make a little diamond

shape and then I'm going to use my nyl

to touch my thumb go into the loop right

turn my hand go into the second loop and

then back over this loop on my thumb and

then pull down

alright so that's my first cast on

stitch and I'm just going to keep on

going alright casting on until I have 49

stitches

alright so again the assumption is you

know how to do this you can click on

this video on the upper right hand

corner or down in the description that

will give you a really detailed

step-by-step overview of the long tail

cast on right now I'm casting on with

the traditional method of the long tail

cast on and I've also linked down below

a sum method for the long tail these are

two methods to get you this lovely cast

on that you see here all right so I'm

just casting on until I get 49 stitches

on my needle

[Music]

so now I've got 49 stitches on my needle

lovely and now we're gonna start

knitting if you take a look at your

pattern you'll see that Row 1 in

brackets WS WS stands for wrong side and

then it goes knit 1 purl 1 repeat to

last stitch knit 1 okay now if you're

wondering why is the first row the wrong

side the reason is this

okay so when we knit onto our longtail

cast on you can see that the ridge here

right that our longtail has left is kind

of like a purl bump you know a little

bit and if you turn your needle over the

other side of your longtail cast on it's

a flatter Ridge so basically we want our

hat to sit on this side of our longtail

cast on right I don't really want this

side to be the right side right because

it looks sort of I don't know bumpy I'm

not crazy about this side okay so that's

why the first row that we work on this

side is going to be our wrong side okay

it'll make a little bit more sense as we

go along all right so let's get into it

our first stitch is the knit one okay so

let's do that well knit one okay and

then we're going to purl one so what

we're knitting right now is the one by

one rib okay or the knit one purl one

rib that makes up the hatch okay so I've

just done a knit one and also a purl one

and now we're gonna repeat from asterix

to last stitch so repeat from Astrix

just means we're going to repeat the

instructions between the asterisks which

is a knit one alright and a purl one so

we're just gonna repeat that repeat knit

one purl one knit one purl one until we

get to the last stitch on our left

needle at which point we are going to

knit one

alright so work this first row with me

doing a knit one purl one across your

whole row

here's my second to last stitch I'm

gonna do a purl and here is my last

stitch and I'm going to knit this guy

right here all right perfect

cool so I've just completed my Row one

it's a really long row and now I'm gonna

turn my needle over and we're gonna work

Row 2

alright so Row 2 this is our right side

and you can see that nice kind of flat

Ridge right there on our long tail cast

on this is going to be the right side of

our hat okay so let's get on to Row 2

Row 2 we're going to purl one so I'm

gonna bring my needle from the top to

the bottom of the stitch my yarn is in

the front and I'm going to purl into

that first stitch there we go there's

our first stitch which is a purl stitch

alright and now we've got the asterisks

knit 1 purl 1 repeat from asterisks to

end of row ok so that means we're going

to knit 1 okay and then we're going to

purl 1 and we're gonna repeat that knit

one purl one configuration two until we

get to the end of our row ok so that's

pretty much all there is to it pretty

easy right we've just did a purl one now

I'm going to do a knit one and a purl

one ok so here's a really easy way to do

row two that doesn't involve you

chanting knit 1 purl 1 ok cuz that's

pretty boring ok so here's a way you can

do Row 2 really easily just take a look

at the

which that is on your left needle okay

so this next stitch on my left needle is

a knit stitch and the stitch after it

this guy right here is a purl stitch and

I can tell because the knit stitch looks

like a little v-shape and a purl stitch

looks like a little bump so right after

that this third stitch here this is a

knit stitch because it's got a little

flat v-shape and the stitch right after

it this guy right here is a purl stitch

because of that little bump right so

take a look at these four stitches you

can tell pretty quickly this is a knit

stitch this is a purl stitch this is a

knit stitch this is a purl stitch so

what we would do is if you see a knit

stitch you would knit into it okay so

this stitch is a knit stitch so I'm

going to knit into it there we go the

stitch right after it is a purl stitch

so I'm going to bring my yarn up front

and purl into that guy right the stitch

right after is a knit stitch so we're

going to knit into it okay and the

stitch right after is a purl stitch so

bring the yarn up front and purl into

that stitch okay so that's pretty much

all you need to do for Row two and this

little tip that I've just given you is

going to come in handy when we do the

rest of our rib just remember the tip

that you're going to knit into the knits

and purl into the pearls okay so that

way you don't need to remember knit one

purl one knit one purl one

as you work Row two got just two

stitches left on my left needle so I'm

going to knit that and here's my last

stitch and I'm gonna purl it cool so I

have just completed my first two rows

the wrong side and the right side and

now I'm back on to the wrong side okay

so let's take a look at our pattern it

says repeat rows 1 2 2 until peace

measures 3 inches and having worked a

wrote one okay so all this means is

we're going to go right back to the

beginning and work Row 1 again okay so

we're going to alternate between world 1

and row 2 until our work measures

three inches measured from the cast on

edge up okay now this doesn't have to be

as complicated as you might think it is

okay because rows one and rows to follow

this basic principle knit the knits and

purl the pearls if you remember this

then you are good for this 1x1 rib

all that means is that you are going to

knit the knits and purl the pearls okay

so continue rows 1 and rows 2 or just

continue knitting the knits and purling

the pearls until your piece measures 3

inches this slightly over 3 inches but

that's okay all right so our pattern

says that we need to end having worked

Row 1 that means that our last row

should be Row 1 and our next row or this

row should be Row 2 Row 2 as a right

side and if we take a look at our cast

on ends you can see that this is the

right side of our longtail cast on this

side is the wrong side okay you can see

that little pearl edge okay so we want

to work our next row on the right side

and that is correct that means that now

we're ready to work the increase row

[Music]

alright so now we're ready to work our

increase row so it starts by doing a

knit one cool easy enough and then we're

gonna do what's called a kfb now kfb

scans for knit through the front and

back loop this is an increased stitch so

we're gonna increase by one stitch

alright so it goes like this we're going

to knit into this next stitch but we're

not gonna drop the stitch off okay

instead we're going to leave the stitch

on our needle and then we're gonna knit

into the back of this stitch so here we

go I'm just going to knit into the back

of it and you can kind of see there you

go you can kind of see that we're now

into the back of the stitch I push my

needle in I'm gonna wrap my needle with

the yarn and then pull out a second

stitch and then drop it off the needle

now you can see that I have increased by

one stitch right okay so let's do that

again I'll just drop the yarn off put it

back onto the needle and now we've got

one stitch one knit stitch and now we're

gonna work our kfb into this guy so here

we go we'll knit okay and instead of

dropping this stitch off the needle

we're going to continue to knit into the

back of the stitch so here we go you can

see I'm pushing it into the back of that

same stitch here's another view alright

and then we're gonna use our yarn to

wrap it around to the right needle and

pull that yarn through thereby creating

a second stitch okay so this is a kfb

okay let's move on so our increase row

we're just going to knit to the end of

the row and in brackets 50 stitches so

we've increased one stitch through our

kfb and that's why our stitch count has

gone from 49 all the way to 50 so

continue knitting till you get to the

end of the row and that will complete

your increase row

[Music]

alright so row 1 wrong side we're going

to purl all of the stitches okay that's

easy enough we're on the wrong side of

our hat and that's why we are purling

all of our stitches on the right side of

our hat we're going to knit all of our

stitches so I'm gonna talk a little bit

more about that once we finish this row

but for now we're going to purl all of

these stitches and there we go

alright cool so that was my Row one of

stockinette stitch now I'm going to turn

my needle over and now I'm on row two

which is also the right side of my hat

so Row 2 is even more simple than Row 1

Row 2 is just knitting all of the

stitches cool so now I'm just going to

knit all of my stitches pretty awesome

since we're doing such a simple row I'm

going to move on into the instruction

and we'll just talk through them so the

next part of our instruction says repeat

rows 1 to 2 until peace measures 6

inches from cast on edge so instead of

keeping track of Row 1 and Row 2 and are

you knitting or purling

just remember to knit the knits and purl

the pearls

it's familiar right so if you take a

look at this row you'll see that all the

stitches are knit stitches so we would

knit into them when you flip the work

over you'll see that these stitches are

all pearls so you would purl all the

purl stitches okay so that's an easy way

to remember how to knit stockinette

stitch knit the knit stitches and purl

the purl stitches that way you won't

even need to look at your pattern so

knit stockinette stitch until your whole

piece measures six inches

[Music]

all right so our real one we should be

on the right side of her work so that

would be the knit side here and not the

purl side here okay so let's get started

all right so for Row one we're going to

knit three alright so here we go oops

it's two three one two and three and

then we're going to do a k2tog which

stands for a knit two together now this

is a decrease stitch so we're going to

knit into these two stitches and turn

these two stitches into one stitch I'm

gonna take my right needle and push it

into these two stitches okay you can see

there's two stitches here then I'll use

my working yarn wrap it around my needle

and pull that through and then just drop

it off the needle so now those two

stitches which you can see right here

right these two stitches have now turned

into one stitch okay so that's our

decrease stitch a knit two together

alright so now our pattern says that

we're going to repeat from the asterisks

right so the instructions between the

asterisks is what we repeat so let's do

it again we're gonna do a knit three so

one two and three

cool and now we're gonna do a knit two

together so here we go here's our next

two stitches and I'm just going to push

my needle into both stitches alright and

then I'm going to wrap my yarn around it

pull it through and off and that is our

knit two together right so two stitches

have now become one and we've just

decreased okay so we would just work

this across the whole row doing a knit

three and a knit two together just like

that okay alright so work this repeat

across the rest of the row and by the

time you get to the end of the row you

will have 40 stitches remaining okay so

that's from all of the decreases alright

so now I'm on my last repeat and doing

my last

knit three here we go and then three and

my last two stitches are gonna be a knit

two perfect so there we go now I've

completed in Row one of my decrease row

and if I count up all these stitches I

should have 40 stitches okay so now

we're gonna move on to Row 2 Row 2 of

our decrease row says that we need to

purl all of our stitches and it says Row

2 and all even rows purl all stitches

now what that means is that from now

until the end of our hat every time we

get to the wrong side row or the purl

side of our hat we're just gonna purl

all of the stitches all the decreasing

happens on the right side of our hat

once we get to the wrong side or the

purl side we're just gonna purl

everything okay so no decreasing happens

on the purl side of our hat so for the

rest of the decrease rows I'm not going

to go over the even rows which would be

the wrong side because we're just

purling for those rows okay we'll just

go over the rows where we have actual

decreases taking place and there's my

last purl stitch great so now I'm back

on the right side of my work and ready

to work Row 3 alright so Row 3 is pretty

similar to Row 1 and it goes like this

we're going to knit two okay here we go

knit two and then we're gonna knit two

together okay so here we go here's my

two stitches on my left needle and I'll

just push my needle into those two

stitches as if they were one and then

just wrap my yarn around it and pull

through and now those two stitches have

become one stitch alright and we would

just repeat that okay knit two

there we go and knit two together

okay so push the needle into these two

stitches and just wrap my yarn around

and drop it off the needle okay so that

is the repeat for Row three knit two

knit two together repeat to the end of

the row and by the time you get to the

end of the row you will have 30 stitches

okay here we go

perfect so now I've just completed Row

three and I'm gonna turn my work over

and I'm on the purl side once again so

I'm going to purl all of these stitches

so I finished my purl row and now we're

on to row five which is our right side

row alright so Row 5 goes like this

we're going to knit one okay easy enough

and then we're going to knit two

together so here's our two stitches and

we're just going to knit into them

alright thereby turning two into one

okay so that's that's all there is to

the repeat knit one knit two together

across the whole row by the time we get

to the end of our row we should have

twenty stitches so pretty easy right not

too scary so work Row 5 of the decrease

row and I'll meet you back here for row

7 because you know what to do for row

eight which is just purling all of your

stitches

[Music]

so now I've worked row 5 and I also

worked row 6 which was my purl row and

now we're on to row 7 which is the last

row in our decrease row how exciting

all right so row 7 is very simple it is

just knit 2 together so here we go

here's our knit 2 together

and then knit 2 together ok so another

knit 2 together ok and another knit 2

together yeah ok so it's basically a

knit 2 together across the whole row ok

so this is pretty much the last row of

our decrease we are so close to being

finished with our hatch ok so just work

a knit 2 together across the whole row

and then we'll be done

here we go woohoo so now I should have

10 stitches on my hat and I think I do 2

4 6 8 10 perfect so that means we can

move on to our next step which is

cutting our yarn and weaving it through

these 10 stitches

[Music]

the Knitting portion of our hat is

complete now we're gonna cut off the

yarn and weave it through these ten

stitches but we're not just gonna cut

this yarn anywhere okay the yarn is

going to be doing double duty to secure

these ten stitches and to seam our hat

okay so we need to measure out a length

of yarn that is enough to seam our hat

together and how that works is we're

just gonna take a length of yarn and

measure out the seam that we're gonna do

we're gonna measure out three times that

seam okay so let's see our seam is going

to be here right all the way down so

here's one length here's in like two

lengths and here is about three lengths

okay so there we go this should be

enough to seam closed or hat all right

so I'm just gonna leave a little bit

more yarn because I'm super paranoid

about not having enough yarn and just

cut off that length of yarn all right so

now I've got my tapestry needle here and

a tapestry needle just looks like a

giant sewing needle and I'm going to put

this yarn onto my tapestry needle and

now I'm just going to push this tapestry

needle through these ten stitches I just

want to secure these stitches I'm gonna

turn the needle around like this we're

gonna get the tapestry needle and I'm

just going to push the tapestry needle

into these ten stitches so I'm almost

kind of taking them off of the needle

with the tapestry needle if that makes

sense I'm just gonna pop it off like

this with our tapestry needle just push

it off okay on the tapestry needle and

off the needle on the tapestry needle

and off the needle okay so I'm just kind

of pulling them off by placing them on

the tapestry needle and here's our last

stitch great so I'm gonna put the needle

aside whoops get these stitches back

onto my tapestry needle and now I'm just

gonna pull the tapestry needle through

and you can see that now our ten

stitches are safely on this length of

yarn and we are ready to seam our hat

together

before we get to seaming I've got a

little bit of a hack for you so we've

got this yarn that we're going to seam

our hat up with now I'm gonna take the

needle off for a minute

now if the yarn that you used was a

single ply yarn meaning that it's just a

big fluffy kind of tube of yarn it

doesn't have an extra twist then your

yarn is actually going to be kind of

delicate and a little bit unstable so

what I like to do to strengthen my yarn

if it's a single ply yarn like this is

to add a little bit more twist and

strength into my yarn so by rolling it

between my hands I'm also felting it

which will give the yarn more strength

when we're seaming so I'll do this

across the whole length of yarn just

give it a bit more Peaks alright so at

the beginning of the video I mentioned

that split ring stitch markers could be

helpful for seaming and this is where

they come in now you don't have to use

these guys they're just a nice way to

keep your steaming organized if you

don't have split ring stitch markers you

can use like a safety pin or maybe even

a bobby pin would work but basically

these guys are helpful in this way so

when I seam I want to make sure that by

the time I get to the bottom part of

this hat I want the edges to be

perfectly aligned I don't want one edge

to be a little bit higher right so what

these stitch markers will do is pin our

fabric so that it's aligned as we are

seeming almost like pin it in place

that's kind of the same concept as when

you're sewing I can put in as many of

these stitch markers as I like and I'm

just eyeballing it I'm not counting

stitches or counting rows or anything

like that so I'm gonna continue pinning

it on the stockinette side here we go

and I think that's probably enough now

let's talk about mattress stitch which

is how will seam our hat together first

we need to understand the anatomy of a

stitch so when you take a look at a

stitch you can see that it's kind of

like a little v-shape right and now in

between this v-shape there is a little

bar okay if you kind of dig into a

stitch you'll see that there's a little

bar that runs through that low V shape

so when we're doing a mattress stitch

we're going into that V shape and

picking out that bar picking

the bar from the other side and seaming

those bars together and when we do that

we get a really nice even seem that

looks almost invisible alright so let's

try that now my working Aaron is on the

right side so I'm going to look for a

v-shape on the left side that's really

close to where my yarn is coming through

alright so here we go I noticed this

little v-shape right away right and I'm

gonna push my needle into the V try to

find that little bar there we go so

here's a little bar that's running

between the little V shape so I'm going

to pull my yarn through that V shape

awesome and just kind of pull it tightly

okay

so I'm going to go over to the right

side of my fabric now I just want to

push it down it's kind of bubbling okay

so we're gonna go to the right side of

the fabric now and look for a V shape

and it may be a little bit tricky

sometimes because you've got your

decreases going but I notice a little V

shape right here okay this V shape so

I'm going to stick my needle in there

and try to pull out a bar there it is so

here's the little bar in between my

little V shape so I'm going to push my

needle through there we go so that's my

seam on the right side now we're gonna

go back to the left side and look for a

V shape that's kind of close to the edge

of our fabric this V shape looks pretty

good and I found the bar that runs

through it and I'm going to pull it

through so now we'll go back to this

side and look for a V shape I like the

look of this V right here so I'll push

my needle in and just grab that bar and

we'll pull that through sometimes you

may need to unfurl your fabric a little

bit because it has a tendency to curl

inwards like that so I do want to unfurl

it make sure that I have a good accurate

view of it

here we go there's a bar right there

let's seem that up and go over to this

side unfurl it and I like the look of

this v this guy right here so I'm gonna

grab the bar inside of it

alright so doing this it does take a bit

of concentration a lot of it is just

kind of eyeballing okay to be totally

honest you're just sort of eyeballing

where's the closest V in relation to the

one that I just seemed so if you feel

like you need a little bit more

instruction for seeming with mattress

stitch I'll leave a link below to a

video that I made that goes through this

technique in more detail continue

seeming like this until you reach the 1

by 1 rib portion of the Hat once we get

to the rib have a little bit of a

different strategy for seaming which I

will share with you on one side of our

piece we've got a column of knit

stitches right and that's normal because

we did a knit one purl one rib ok so

this guy right here that's sort of

curling this is a knit column and on the

other side of our fabric on the right

side of our fabric we also got a knit

column right here right this guy so we

basically have a built in row of V's

okay except that in our case these are

like upside down V's right

they're like little arrows that are

pointing once we get to the rib instead

of looking for V's we're gonna be

looking for arrows and we're gonna be

grabbing the arrows from this column and

from this column here and we're gonna do

the same thing we're gonna grab the bars

in between those little arrows so this

happens once we get to the rib portion

okay not when we're on the stockinette

portion so here we go

I'm going to look for the arrow shape on

the right piece here and I'm gonna go

into it and grab that little strand

running through it and here it is you

can see and I'll bring my yarn through

great now we're going to go to the left

piece and this column here look for that

little arrow I think that it's yeah it's

like around here here it is we're just

gonna route around here for a little bit

try and get that arrow I think it oh I

think it might be this one there we go

so I've got the bar there from the

little arrow pull it through okay so now

let's go up okay we're gonna go back to

the right side look for the arrow here

it is and there's a little bar it's

almost like just sticking out I can see

it already and then pull it through go

back to the left side look for the

little bar in between the arrow there it

is it's just sticking out there and pull

it through now as I'm doing this I'm

also kind of keeping an eye on the the

piece to make sure it's kind of aligned

that one piece isn't you know farther up

than the other and they look pretty good

at this point okay so let's continue on

so here we're not losing sight of our

column of arrows right here we go so I'm

back to the right side I'm looking for

the arrow here it is this is the next

one I'm gonna grab the yarn running

through it and then go back to this left

piece look for the arrow and things are

getting a little bit you know crowded

right now but I can still see it you

might need to take a moment look out the

window look away from your knitting for

a little bit cuz things can get a little

bit uh you know a little bit hairy so

here's our next arrow there we go

whoops I think I caught something there

great and then the corresponding arrow I

think it's like around here and look for

the arrow here I think it's this one

great and the arrow across from it would

be around here great so I've kind of

reached my little stitch marker so I'm

just going to undo it it's done its job

and we're just going to continue going

up as we're seaming our rib you can see

that the seam comes together perfectly

and it really looks like it's just part

of the rib right if we just pull this

apart a little bit this

area just looks like it's part of that

1x1 rib all right so let's keep on going

[Music]

now we're at the edge of our cast on you

can see this is the little remnant of

our longtail cast on and I'm just gonna

think I might be able to get in one more

yeah I think I can get in one more

stitch here there we go all right that

looks pretty good and I'm just gonna

seam it in here perfect okay so I feel

like I've done a pretty good job with my

seam this is actually where the seam is

and it looks perfectly just like a knit

column it looks awesome and here you go

this is also where our seam was and it's

like practically invisible you can't

even tell that there is a seam there

alright so back at the edge now and what

I'm gonna do is now that the edge looks

really nice and flat and aligned I can

actually just turn over my hat and just

kind of weave in the yarn into the ends

here so we're gonna ignore this long

tail for now we can do that later but

basically I'm going to seam this yarn

the yarn that's attached to my tapestry

needle into the wrong side or the

opposite side of our hat and I'm kind of

looking for these little purl bumps

because they camouflage stitches pretty

well so I'm going into them like a

couple times and the reason for this is

really just to secure our yarn in place

so just looking for a couple of these

little purl bumps I'll go into about

four or five stitches and that should be

secure enough so on the front of our

work it looks pretty good I can't really

see the yarn poking through when we wove

it in so I'll get out my scissors and

just snip the yarn off so we've got this

little tail end from our long tail cast

on so I'm going to put it on to my

tapestry needle and do the exact same

thing with this as I did with our

seaming yarn turn it over to the wrong

side look for well okay let's let's see

maybe we'll move it over to the other

side from where we did our seaming yarn

and just look for some pearl bumps and

I'm gonna weave in the ends of this

leftover yarn into these pearl bumps

the reason why we're not just snipping

it off is because I don't want this tail

and unravel for instance I just want to

secure this in our yarn so it has less

chance of unraveling in our work because

it's in among all these little stitches

okay so I've gone into these little

bumps four or five times

I'm gonna take my scissor again and just

snip it right off and now our edge of

our hat looks beautiful and perfect now

that we've completed our hat we're gonna

move on to our next step which is making

a pom pom

now it's pom-pom time okay so I've cut

out these two pom-pom tracers out of

some scrap cardboard this measure is

like a little bit under three inches and

that's gonna give me a nice fluffy

pom-pom now I'm not gonna go into really

great detail about how to make a pom pom

because I have made a really detailed

resource all about pom-pom making over

here I'll include a link to this in the

description so follow that tutorial to

make the pom-pom of your dreams so we're

just gonna speed through the pom-pom

making process now my pom-pom tracer is

super chubby I've wrapped it around with

yarn a bunch of times now I'm just going

to cut off that strand of yarn and then

cut off another long length of yarn that

I'm going to secure my pom-pom with so

here we go cool and just set aside this

strand of yarn and now I'm going to

slide my pair of really sharp scissors

in between these two pom pom tracers and

then just cut the yarn free so that it

can become what it was meant to be which

is a super fluffy pom pom let's get this

yarn between these two pom pom tracers

and just tie this and let's do another

knot and now we're can reveal the pom

pom there we go and it's this crazy

little like wild wild thing and now I'm

just going to trim this guy a little bit

make it into a nice Brown shape so I've

spent some time trimming my pom pom into

the perfect round shape and I think it

looks pretty good now

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well so now let's attach our pom-pom to

our hat

okay so I've threaded up my pom-pom onto

my tapestry needle here and now I'm just

going to stick it right into the top of

my hat and pull that pom-pom through and

now you can see it looks so cute

alright so now I'm going to turn my hat

inside out I'm still holding on to those

two strands of yarn ok so now what I'm

gonna do is just take the tapestry

needle off of the pom-poms and I'm going

to take these two strands of yarn and

then tie it in a knot

okay pull it really tightly and do it

again tie another knot and pull down

okay so at this point our pom-pom is not

yet secured what we need to do is weave

these two strands of yarn into our hat a

couple times and that should secure our

pom-pom pretty well so I'm going to

thread up one of these threads and weave

in this strand of yarn into like five or

six of these little pearl stitches you

know how I love weaving in ends into

purl bumps and in the back of this hat

we've got so many purl bumps okay so I'm

going in and sort of following the

natural line of the stitches so that

seems pretty secure I've gone into a

couple stitches here with this guy and

now I'm going to move over to this

strand of yarn thread it through the

tapestry needle and then weave it in

through four or five stitches near the

top of the Hat I feel like that should

be pretty secure let's turn the hat over

to the right side and see whether our

pom-pom is secure and it looks so it's

pretty good I'm kind of shaking it and

it's still staying in place it's not too

bad so I feel like it's pretty well

attached

let's say that you already woven the two

strands attached to the pom-pom and you

feel like it's still not super secure if

you want to add some extra security to

your hat here's what you can do cut off

a length of yarn thread it up go into

the inside of the Hat and then bring

your tapestry needle out we're just

looking for one end to come through then

I'm gonna take the tapestry needle and

spread the yarn threads and then stab it

right in the middle ok stab the pom-pom

right in the heart and then just bring

the yarn through then spread the yarn

strands on the other side and then bring

the tapestry needle through the top of

the Hat just like this okay now I'm

gonna grab that tapestry needle from the

inside and then just tighten it up okay

now you can see where we stabbed into

our pom-pom there's that strand of yarn

there so I'm just gonna fluff up the

pom-pom a little bit and hide where that

strand of yarn was then I'm going to

turn my hat inside out and now we have

these two extra strands of yarn and

again you can do the same thing with it

that we did with our original yarns tie

a knot and then tie another knot and

then weave these two strands of yarn

into the Hat as we did the first time

around so now it should be very very

secure should feel really good it is

complete I can't believe it if you had a

jazz up your hat add in another color or

just give it a little bit of

embellishment I've got you covered next

I'm gonna show you three ways to jazz up

your hat so that it's no longer a blank

slate but a hat that is really

personalized to what you like so that's

coming up

so the first way for you to add

personality to your blank slate hat is

through color so in this example I just

knit my hat using one color right up

until I got to the decrease portion once

I hit the decrease rows that's when I

switched colors and just knit the rest

of my hat in my second color color

blocking is a fun and easy way to mix

colors together in big blocks hence the

name color blocking some great

combinations are complementary colors

they sit opposite to each other on the

color wheel for example red and green or

orange and blue another tried and true

color combo is mixing light and dark

shades of the same color

for example pink and red or light blue

and dark blue you can even use the

colors from your favorite sports teams

or Hogwarts house go ravenclaw so how

this works is that I've knit up my hat

in one color and then once I got to the

decrease rows that's when I introduced

my second color so for a decrease Row

one I would literally attach the second

color just like this kind of hold it and

knit into the first stitch with my

second color and then pick up the yarn

with my second color and knit into my

second stitch using my second color

right so the first decrease row is knit

3 and knit 2 together and that's pretty

much all that there is to it I will just

continue knitting my hat with my second

color once you've completed your first

row then you can just snip off the first

color leave a little bit of a tail

because we're going to weave these in at

the very end okay continue knitting on

with your second color so you might be

wondering what am I going to do once I

finished the Hat I've got these yarn

strands here where you join the second

color so all you would do is get your

tapestry needle out and thread up those

two little yarn strands and then weave

them into your fabric so I would go into

the same color so I'm not kind of mixing

the colors as I weave them in so I'm

just going in like four or five times

here and then I'm going to just cut it

off do the same thing with the first

color

all right so now I have a really nice

edge where I joined my new yarn and

that's all there is to color blocking

your hat so the second way to jazz up

your hat is to create a kind of marled

effect on your hat so what I did to

achieve the marled look was I had my

base yarn my regular yarn right here and

I held it together with three strands of

just black sewing thread so I just

bought two of these at the dollar store

and then another bobbin and I just wound

the bobbin with more black thread and

then just held all three strands

together with regular yarn just like

this and then knit the Hat with it

exactly as it stated in the pattern to

keep everything organized I'll throw the

yarn and threads into a bowl and then

cast on like normal and just follow the

pattern so I use three strands of sewing

thread to get a darker thicker color but

feel free to experiment to get the look

that you want when you're knitting just

be sure to knit into the yarn but also

into that little thread that is part of

the yarn so don't just knit into the

yarn because then you're gonna leave the

thread on knit knit into both the yarn

and the thread together think of your

yarn and the thread as just one big

piece of yarn it's like a Franken yarn

that you've created I suggest that you

try this marl technique after you're

pretty comfortable knitting the

blank-slate hat because if you make a

mistake and you need to unravel this

your yarn it's just kind of a nightmare

with thread and yarn tangled everywhere

so keep that in mind

I love the look of jewels on knitted

fabric I've seen this trend around and

it's not hard at all to recreate so

these jewels I got from the craft store

and I'm just laying them out in a design

that I like and once I have a cool

design I'll just sew them down and

that's it easy peasy

when you're choosing jewels look for

ones with a hole in them so that you can

sew them into your hat this is more

flexible as you can later change the

design and it also prevents you from

needing to glue the gears on your hat

making it permanent

yikes I also like using appliques they

add a bit of glamour and shine to the

Hat and who doesn't love that right so

this big one here looks a little funny

in the middle it's giving off like

Superman vibes so maybe not

ooh so this one I think will look really

cute on this side so just play around

with placement and when you're happy

with it just sew the applique in place

there are a bunch of cute appliques and

patches online so I'll throw some links

in the description to my favorite ones

and that brings us to the end of this

tutorial thank you so much for watching

I hope you have an awesome hat that you

can wear and enjoy tag me on instagram

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happy knitting and i'll see you next

time bye