Carten knit hat pattern – FREE, quick and easy – [Cloned #36255]

Man wearing Carten a tan knit hat

Every knitter has that one pattern; their go-to for gifts. It’s great if it’s a bulky weight quick project, even better if it’s classic, yet unique, and best of all- FREE! The Carten Knit Hat pattern is for everyone. I got a quick thumbs-up from all 4 of the men in my life and we all know how hard it is to find a solid “Yes” from the fellas when it comes to handmades.

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THE STORY ON THIS HAT

Every year, my beautiful friend Marly Bird does a December round-up of patterns that take less than 1 day to complete. This year, Carten is my contribution to this amazing collection of speedy gifts for the holidays!

Today is only day 12! You will want to check her site daily for all the upcoming freebies–both knit and crochet, every day!!

Just because this project had to be something fast to make, didn’t mean it had to be boring! I absolutely love the look of the broken rib stitch pattern. Love it.
So that was an easy decision. Now, I had to decide exactly how to make this hat unique… and that became clear when I started to question how I would make the decreases for the crown. 

About the yarn

Carten knit beanie is made from Bernat’s Softee Chunky Twist Yarn, which is 100% acrylic, size 6 Super Bulky (*I’m going to jump in with a bit of a disclaimer – I know the label and manufacturer are calling this a super bulky yarn, but I find it to be much thinner than multiple other super bulky #6 yarns I have. In a side-by-side comparison, I feel it is much closer to the lighter, #5 Bulky weight. That said, the optional yarn recommendations I have are all #5 bulky). 
Sample beanie is made in Taupe Twist.

Bernat Softee Chunky Twist

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The sizes available

At this time, the hat is only available in “Average Adult”. It comfortably fits all of my adult sons, as well as my husband and myself. I highly recommend the super stretchy German Twist cast on method, making this hat comfy for everyone. 
VIDEO tutorial for this cast on in the Carten video.

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The skills you need

Carten is not a difficult hat to make. If some of the stitches are new to you, there is a VIDEO available that teaches everything you need to know.

stretchy cast on – knit – purl – 2together – slip psso – center double decrease – kitchener

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  • Schematic of measurements
  • Stitch chart
Man wearing knit beanie and black clothes standing in front of evergreen trees, Carten knit hat pattern

Getting started

Yes, I say this with every pattern – because it’s important. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times- My friend, ya need to swatch. I know it’s no fun. I know you want to get right to the good stuff. I know it feels like a waste of yarn, and yarn ain’t cheap. 
I know. Truly, I know.
But– You want your hat to fit your intended recipient. This means you need to know how your stitching sizes up to my stitching. 
We are all different. Heck, we’re different from ourselves at any given time. I know my gauge is tighter when watching a show than it is if I’m in my stitching chair listening to a book. 
Grumble and grump about it (I do), but do it. 

To make the process easier and more enjoyable, I’ve created this FREE worksheet for you to use. It helps with the steps, the math, and the organization. Blocking Worksheet 

The pattern

Carten

A free knit hat pattern, by Rebecca Velasquez

Man wearing knit beanie and black clothes standing in front of evergreen trees

#CartenBeanie

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MATERIALS & TOOLS

YARN Super Bulky weight (#6 super bulky); 91 yds [84 m]

Shown Bernat, Softee Chunky Twist, Taupe Twist  (100% acrylic; 316 yd [289 m] / 10.58 oz [300 g]), 1 skein; Taupe Twist

*Amount given is for hat as shown | written. Yardage will vary with any alterations of pattern.

NEEDLES US 10 1/2 [6.50 mm] cables short enough to work in the round (16″)
Set of US 10 1/2 [6.50 mm] dpns (for working small, crown rows); or size needed to obtain gauge; the needles I used for this and most projects are the super pointy ChiaoGoo Red Lace Interchangeables

and the double pointed needles I prefer are bamboo Clover .dpns

NOTIONS Stitch markers (4), tapestry needle

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Gauge

12 sts and 20 rows = 4” [10 cm] in stitch pattern after light blocking. See above for blocking swatch instructions. 

Finished MEasurements

CIRCUMFERENCE (unstretched) 18” [46  cm]; (stretched) 24” [61 cm] 

HEIGHT (brim included) 10” [25.5 cm]

Project Level

Intermediate 

TECHNIQUES USED stretchy cast on – knit – purl – 2together – slip psso – center double decrease – kitchener

Close up image of the knit hat being worn by man with glasses, Carten Knit Hat Pattern

NOTES

GENERAL

  • Pattern is written in US terms with imperial and metric measurements.
  • Read through each line before beginning to avoid any confusion during stitching.
  • Refer to SPECIAL STITCHES instruction {below} and VIDEO as needed.
  • Take time to save time. Using same yarn as intended for hat, stitch, wash, and block a gauge swatch in the same manner you will be using for your project to ensure proper measurements. Please refer to Gauge Swatch above.

CONSTRUCTION

  • Hat is worked in 1 piece, bottom up, from brim to crown in the round. Crown is then seamed across the top in a variation of the kitchener stitch (written instructions within pattern {refer to Video}.

ABBREVIATIONS & SPECIAL STITCHES

CO – cast on

CDD – center double dec

K – knit

P – purl

PM – place marker

PSSO – pass sl st over

Rep – repeat

RS – right side

Sl – slip

St(s) – stitch(es)

Tog – tog

WS – wrong side

SPECIAL STITCHES

P2tog (purl 2 stitches together) Place the right hand needle under the first and second stitch of the left needle purlwise, purl both stitches as if they were one; decreasing by one stitch.

K2tog (knit 2 stitches together) Place the right hand needle under the second then first stitch of the left needle knitwise, knit both stitches as if they were one; decreasing by one stitch.

CDD (center double decrease) Slip first and second stitch from left needle to right, as if to knit two together, knit next stitch, using left needle, lift slipped stitches as one and pass them over knit stitch just made and off right needle; decreasing by 2 stitches.

hat

Ribbing | Brim

Cast on 60 using stretch cast on method of your choice; sample uses German Twist Cast On {VIDEO}. Being careful not to twist, join to stitch in the round, PM to mark beginning of round.

Row 1 *K2, P1; rep from * around.

Repeat Row 1 until ribbing measures 2” [5 cm].

man wearing Carten knit hat pattern

Hat Body

Row 1 *P2, K1; rep from * around to end.

Row 2 Knit.

Repeat Row 1-2 until entire piece measures 5½” [14 cm], ending after a knit row.

PM after 15 and 45 sts on any round to mark sides.

[Beg M, 15 sts, M, 30 sts, M, 15 sts]

Crown

Row 1 *Work in established pattern (Row 1) to side marker, slip marker, p2tog; rep from *, in established pattern to end.

Row 2 Knit.

Row 3 *Work in established pattern (Row 1) to one st before side marker, place new marker, CDD, removing old marker; rep from *, in established pattern to end.

Row 4 Knit.

Row 5 *Work in established pattern to 2 sts before side marker, place new marker, p2tog, removing old marker, k1, p2tog; rep from *, in established pattern to end.

Row 6 Knit.

knit beanie tan in color

Row 7 *Work in established pattern to 3 sts before side marker, place new marker, p2tog, sl, remove marker, k, psso, k1, k2tog, p2tog; rep from *, in established pattern to end. 42 sts

Row 8 Knit.

Row 9 *Work in established pattern to 3 sts before side marker, place new marker, p2tog, sl, remove marker, k, psso, CDD, k2tog, p2tog; rep from *, in established pattern to end. 30 sts

Row 10 Knit.

Row 11 *Work in established pattern to 3 sts before side marker, p2tog, sl, remove marker, k, psso, CDD, k2tog, p2tog; rep from *, knit to end. 18 sts

Leaving a tail of 12” [30.5 cm] +, cut yarn.

close up view of carten knit hat pattern

Assembly

With RS together, evenly distribute stitches on 2 dpns, having 9 sts each with a CDD being an end stitch of each needle, the working yarn will be on the 3rd or 4th stitch (depending on how you divided- either is fine).

With tail on back needle, using a tapestry needle and working on the WS of fabric, weave tail through stitching to have tail now coming from last stitch on right edge.

Kitchener Variation

With yarn coming from last stitch on right of back needle, *using tapestry needle, insert knitwise in first stitch on front needle, slipping stitch off needle onto tail yarn, insert tapestry needle into next stitch of front needle purlwise, leave stitch on needle.

Keeping yarn under knitting needle tips, insert  tapestry needle purlwise in first stitch on back needle, slipping stitch off needle onto tail yarn, insert tapestry needle into next stitch of back needle knitwise, leave stitch on needle.

Rep from * until 1 st remains on each needle.
insert knitwise in last stitch on front needle, do not slip stitch off needle, insert tapestry needle into last stitch of front needle purlwise, slip both stitches off needle.

Insert needle through fabric to manuever yarn to WS.

Finishing

Remove marker(s), weave in ends.

Lightly steam seams and edges for best results. •

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