The Olive Bobbles Hat Recipe
  • size #7 (US) circular knitting needles, with the smallest cord length you can find. The size used for knitting sleeves is usually just right.
  • 5 double pointed knitting needles, size #7 (US). In the US, they usually come in packs of 4, but I recommend getting 2 packs, and just have three extras. It's much easier to knit with 5 than 4.
  • 1 Yarn needle.

  • 1 skein "Turkish Olive" Lambs Pride Worsted, or color of your choice.
  • NOTE ABOUT YARN SUBSTITUTION---> Use any yarn that's meant for a size 8 or 9 US needle, this hat needs to be knit tightly, if your yarn is too thin, it will be too small.

  • 4 stitches by 5 rows = 1". This pattern is a medium adult size, but not too tight a fit. If you want to make it larger, first try adding more plain rows between bobble rows.

How to Make a Bobble:
  • Garter Bobbles are made like this: in the next stitch make 5 by --> K1, yarnover, K1, over, K1 (You are making 5 stitches out of 1. The bobble will be these five stitches worked for a few rows, then decreased back down to 1 stitch). Turn, K5, turn, K5, turn, K5 turn, slip 2, K3tog, pass 2 slipped stitches over (back to 1 stitch). With your finger, poke the bobble towards you, knit the next stitch, and pull yarn tight. If you like a different brand-o-bobble better, use it! There are dozens of kinds of bobbles.

  • Using the circular needle, cast on 73 stitches. Join by slipping the last cast on stitch over to the left needle, and knitting it together with the first cast on stitch for a stable join. (72 stitches on needle)
  • 2x2 twisted stitch rib for 8 rows, then
  • *Knit 12, make 1* (78 st)
  • Knit 1 row plain,
  • Make bobble, *K5, bobble*, end K5.
  • Knit 3 rows plain,
  • Knit 2, make bobble, *K5, bobble* end K3.
  • Knit 3 rows plain,
  • Knit 4, make bobble, *K5, bobble* end K1.
  • Knit 3 rows plain,
  • Make bobble, *K5, bobble*, end K5.
  • Knit 2 rows plain,

    Start of top decreasing:
  • Knit 19, marker, K20, marker, K19, marker, K20. Change to size #7 DPNs when you need to. SSK (slip, slip, knit) after every marker EVERY ROW until you have 2,3,2,3 stitches left on the needles. Knit 10 (more or less) rounds for the handle.
  • Leave a 12" tail and cut yarn. Thread that end through the open stitches and pull tight. Run it again, and lock it in. Tuck in other end. Handwash and air dry flat.

Questions or Comments?

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