Winter, hat time. My minions have more hats than heads, but yet I keep knitting them. Why, you might say. Well, lots of reasons: they are quick to knit, an almost instant gratification; they can be as complicated or simple as you want to make them; they make small children cuter; and in Ireland, you always need one. Recently, I was asked about simple hat patterns suitable for novice knitters. With no suitable Irish yarn to hand, I nabbed a few single balls of chunky weight yarn from my not so modest stash and quickly came up with two very basic, very simple patterns in several sizes, one knit in stocking stitch, knit in the round and the other, knit flat. I rarely knit anything flat if I can help it, but knitting in the round can be tricky to get to grips with for the novice knitter, but much quicker once you get going and no seams to sew at the end only two little threads to weave in.
This hat is knitted in the round. Here is the pattern for hata easca
And hata easca 2 is knitted flat.