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If anyone has a simple hat pattern for men...a basic neat beanie type cap with no elaborate cabling or fancy work. I'd like to knit in bulky (3st per inch) on circular needles (about size 10) rather than using a worsted weight. I would sort of like a nice folded brim.
I have a book that allows you to design your own pattern, but if anyone has a tested pattern that they like, I would love it if you would please share. The goal is to knit for the troops in the Middle East without fussing around with "prototypes?"
 

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(((((((((((( Check this site:
http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op=listing&product_id=2850539

I've not made it, though.

Why couldn't you use your chunky yarn and freeform it top down or bottom up using a 2 x 2 ribbing.......head circumference would be about 22-23" and make it smaller in circumference allowing for stretching. 88 stitches gave me a 23" circumference (plenty of stretch and fit loosly) - flat measure is 23" divided x PI = 7.3 flat measurement (diameter), so stop crowning (if top down) at the 6.3" area.

Bottom up, try 84 CO sts. Knit to the crown point then add more for the cuff. Measure on a head as you go in either direction.

Circulars you say....in the round or flat row work to later seam?
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lDo you want a two-needle pattern of to work in the round?

dashponydriver said:
If anyone has a simple hat pattern for men...a basic neat beanie type cap with no elaborate cabling or fancy work. I'd like to knit in bulky (3st per inch) on circular needles (about size 10) rather than using a worsted weight. I would sort of like a nice folded brim.
I have a book that allows you to design your own pattern, but if anyone has a tested pattern that they like, I would love it if you would please share. The goal is to knit for the troops in the Middle East without fussing around with "prototypes?"
 

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You have the right idea! I'm a new knitter. Just a few projects under my belt--and still in "easy" mode. I'm working on a couple of prototypes...one being a garter stitch hat that looks a bit like your photo and flat. I think I would prefer to knit one on circular needles and not have to seam. Also, since I'm not very speedy with switching from knit-purl, it would be easiest for me to do no more than ribbing a brim in K-P, and be able to knit the hat but have it come out in stockinette? That's my theory anyway...I'm open to suggestions. I also have a friend that is returning to knitting joining this project and she'd love to learn to use circulars, so I would share with her if the pattern is simple. It's been suggested that I try knitting with two circulars and I checked that out on YouTube. I think I can figure it out, but wondered if I couldn't just do that hat on one circular and finish up the last few rows with DPN? Patterns that are less fussy and quick to complete seem to be the way to go?
 

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keep in mind about knitting for the troops, they have to fit underneath the helmets. Check out this site:

http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/troops.html

bevs site is wonderful

Cynthia O

dashponydriver said:
If anyone has a simple hat pattern for men...a basic neat beanie type cap with no elaborate cabling or fancy work. I'd like to knit in bulky (3st per inch) on circular needles (about size 10) rather than using a worsted weight. I would sort of like a nice folded brim.
I have a book that allows you to design your own pattern, but if anyone has a tested pattern that they like, I would love it if you would please share. The goal is to knit for the troops in the Middle East without fussing around with "prototypes?"
 

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Thank you for the reply. I might be missing something here but I had checked out this site in doing an extensive internet search. I might be missing something but I didn't find that any of the patterns were for bulky weight yarn on circular needles. I really like the Lion Wool Ease Chunky yarn for my skill level. And it's washable. Since these caps are for "off duty," the synthetic content is not a critical issue. Thank you for sharing your information.
 

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clogden21 said:
keep in mind about knitting for the troops, they have to fit underneath the helmets. Check out this site:

http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/troops.html

bevs site is wonderful

Cynthia O

dashponydriver said:
If anyone has a simple hat pattern for men...a basic neat beanie type cap with no elaborate cabling or fancy work. I'd like to knit in bulky (3st per inch) on circular needles (about size 10) rather than using a worsted weight. I would sort of like a nice folded brim.
I have a book that allows you to design your own pattern, but if anyone has a tested pattern that they like, I would love it if you would please share. The goal is to knit for the troops in the Middle East without fussing around with "prototypes?"
What GREAT info (the website)! Thank you!!!! Love the simple hats, since I, too, am a relatively new knitter and have never done a hat!

Best regards!
 

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I'm just finishing my first and it's flat one that has to be seamed up and it's done. It's all garter stitch. Nice enough...pretty in walnut brown brim and wheat body. But I don't want to seam up hats...I hate to even sew on a button. (Lazy, huh?) So, I hope to go circular needles. But there are so many ways to go for a casual cap to sleep in or whatever they want to do while wearing it "off duty." This is no place to show off fancy knitting...just provide nice warm hats knitted with love. Good practice too...soon you will be "hat qualified!" Best wishes.
 

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dashponydriver said:
I'm just finishing my first and it's flat one that has to be seamed up and it's done. It's all garter stitch. Nice enough...pretty in walnut brown brim and wheat body. But I don't want to seam up hats...I hate to even sew on a button. (Lazy, huh?) So, I hope to go circular needles. But there are so many ways to go for a casual cap to sleep in or whatever they want to do while wearing it "off duty." This is no place to show off fancy knitting...just provide nice warm hats knitted with love. Good practice too...soon you will be "hat qualified!" Best wishes.
I prefer circular needles on all things circular. Doing neckwarmers now and cowls. Next come the hats! :)

I use circulars even when none are required. I'm just so used to them now, and it's nice not having a dropping-needle issue. :)
 

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I completely agree. My second scarf (ever) was done on circulars because it was knitted long-ways! Other than the fact that I used a rather "cheap" circular needle that was stiff...I loved it. I'm planning to do more of my flat knitting on circulars and get good are all things round! :) Sargent Knit Wit talks about knitting with two circulars and I was mind boggled -- the description was more than I could wrap my brain around. So I checked with a search on YouTube and went...hey, I think I can do that with a little practice. It means you can jettison your DPNs too. haha I'm excited at the prospect of my first circular hat...finished the flat one last night. Since I'm sort of inclined to avoid even sewing on a button, hats with no seams appeal to me. :roll:
 

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I completely agree. My second scarf (ever) was done on circulars because it was knitted long-ways! Other than the fact that I used a rather "cheap" circular needle that was stiff...I loved it. I'm planning to do more of my flat knitting on circulars and get good are all things round! :) Sargent Knit Wit talks about knitting with two circulars and I was mind boggled -- the description was more than I could wrap my brain around. So I checked with a search on YouTube and went...hey, I think I can do that with a little practice. It means you can jettison your DPNs too. haha I'm excited at the prospect of my first circular hat...finished the flat one last night. Since I'm sort of inclined to avoid even sewing on a button, hats with no seams appeal to me. :roll:
Yes, I started my circular needle life on a longways scarf - they don't roll!! LOL Think I will start a hat tonight! :) And I think I will trim it at the top with those cute boing boing curliques, the subject of another thread. :)
 

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You are right about the scarf...I was out of yarn so I went to the local store and bought something less than thrilling as my online order hadn't arrive--but I was in knitting withdrawal!...and did a mix of yarn and fun fur on the circular. Four rows of yarn, two rows of fun fur...just kind of different. I loved working with those needles...so I have ordered myself a set of the Denise interchangable because I'm gong nuts going to town to buy needles every time I turn around (we are in the country). Whoohoo!
I saw a website with the boing boings and those are just awesome. Not sure if the would get it with the troops...is it manly enough--or would they enjoy the light hearted look? I think I'll stick to basics for that project...but I personally love them!
 

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You are right about the scarf...I was out of yarn so I went to the local store and bought something less than thrilling as my online order hadn't arrive--but I was in knitting withdrawal!...and did a mix of yarn and fun fur on the circular. Four rows of yarn, two rows of fun fur...just kind of different. I loved working with those needles...so I have ordered myself a set of the Denise interchangable because I'm gong nuts going to town to buy needles every time I turn around (we are in the country). Whoohoo!
I saw a website with the boing boings and those are just awesome. Not sure if the would get it with the troops...is it manly enough--or would they enjoy the light hearted look? I think I'll stick to basics for that project...but I personally love them!
I agree -- probably not for the troops, but that basic hat pattern can sure be dressed up for all kinds of neat looks for men and women!
 

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I've been thinking about your comment from the top down. The newbie has never heard of doing a hat any other way than from the brim to shaping and closing the top! Now I am intrigued!
 

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I have a pattern I just recently made which is k1, p2 throughout and it comes out really well. My e-mail address is [email protected], if you want a picture and copy of pattern.
I emailed you requesting the pattern and pic, but got a failure notice that it was not a good email address. Could I ask you to post it here? Thanks!
 

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I'm not so speedy at moving the yarn back to front yet...but I'd love to add this to my hat library. I'm trying to improve skills...while working on the hat in English, I did some rows in Continental. Thankfully, it didn't mess up my gauge and I was sort of getting the hang of it. Have you done the two circular needle technique? Any comments?
 
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