Saturday, August 8, 2009

Viking Hat - Free Pattern!



Created as a unique birthday present, and a quick last-minute one at that. It knits up very fast and the yarn is fairly inexpensive. I figured that even if it was just a novelty, I'm not out much time or money, although he assures me that it will get plenty of use this winter!
I hope I don't earn a reputation for this, but there's a little short row shaping on DPNs and I know a lot of people found that to be trying in the Socktopus pattern. But I thought it was necessary to get the horns the right shape and I don't think it's quite as annoying in this pattern.
As ever, please don't hesitate to say something if you find something off in the pattern or you have any questions. I finally got around to putting my e-mail on my profile page, so now you can contact me directly. Have fun with this one!

What you'll need:

Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Bulky
Color A: Bronze Patina - one skein
Color B: Sandy Heather (or a cream color) - 20 yards is a generous estimate, should be plenty
Set of size 10.5 (6.5mm) DPNs and/or a 16" circular of the same size
-I knit tightly, if you are a loose knitter, size 10 (6mm) would probably be just peachy
Stitch marker
Yarn needle
A bit of stuffing or scrap yarn to stuff the horns

Special Stitches:

Bobble - Knit into front and back of sitch twice (this requires a little tugging) so there are a total of 4 sts from the single one. Turn work and purl these 4 sts. Turn work again, slip first stitch to right needle, knit the next two sts together, pass the slipped stitch over, knit the next stitch and pass the (k2tog) stitch over, so you have a single stitch again.
(I really hope that was explained well enough, again feel free to contact me!)

W&T (on a knit st) - With working yarn in back, slip stitch to right needle, bring working yarn to front of work between needles, slip stich back to left needle and turn your work.

W&T (on a purl st) - With working yarn in front, slip stitch to right needle, bring working yarn to back of work between needles, slip stitch back to left needle and turn your work.

Hat:

Using color A, CO 60 sts, place marker and join for working in the round.

Rounds 1&2: Purl all sts
Rounds 3&4: Knit all sts
Round 5: *K5, make 1 bobble, repeat from * around
Rounds 6&7: Knit
Rounds 8&9: Purl
Work st st (knit all sts) for another 3.75 inches
Begin decreasing:
Dec. Round 1: *K4, K2tog, K4, repeat from * around [54 sts]
Round 2 and all even rouns: K all sts
Round 3: *K7, K2tog, repeat from * around [48 sts]
Round 5: *K3, K2tog, K3, repeat from * around [42 sts]
Round 7: *K5, K2tog, repeat from * around [36 sts]
Round 9: *K2, K2tog, K2, repeat from * around [30 sts]
Round 11: *K3, K2tog, repeat from * around [24 sts]
Round 13: *K1, K2tog, K1, repeat from * around [18 sts]
Round 15: *K1, K2tog, repeat from * around [12 sts]

Cut yarn, leaving an 8 inch tail. Use yarn needle to thread tail through remaining 12 sts twice, pull tight and tie off.

Horn (Make 2):

Using color B, CO 12 sts, place marker and join for working in the round.

Knit 12 rounds
Work short row section two times as follows:

K9, W&T
P6, W&T
Knit to end of round, picking up wrapped st
Knit 2 rounds, picking up wrapped st on 1st round

Next round: *K1, K2tog, K1, repeat from * around [9 sts]
Knit two rounds
Next round: *K1, K2tog, repeat from * around [6 sts]
Knit two rounds
Next round: K2tog around [3 sts]
Knit one round, cut yarn leaving a 6 inch tail.
Use yarn needle to thread tail through remaining three sts, pull tight and tie off.

Finishing:

Stuff a little fiberfil, roving or scrap yarn into the horns to make them stand up.
Use yarn needle and an approximately 12 inch piece of yarn to sew horns to hat.
Weave in all loose yarn ends.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vikings#Horned_helmets

Laura said...

I bet you're a blast to have at parties...

Sunnya said...

It's all Greek to me, but they look great! I'm imagining a newborn sized one... hehe.

Lynn said...

You could do it in red and have a quick Halloween hat. Imagine wearing it during rush hour!

Anonymous said...

Sweet! That is so cool!
~~Anne

Michelle said...

Here's a baby version. I made it for my son and all worked, except the horns. I had to play around with them some.

http://rsveverka.com/chileconyarne/2008/04/baby-viking-hat/

DeelaDoll said...

Fantastic pattern! Thank you for sharing!!

Anonymous said...

I want to try and make this for a friend (male adult)--what is the circumference of the hat in this pattern when finished?

Thank you so much for posting this pattern!

~Alice

Kazzy said...

Thank YOU for this pattern..

I LOVE IT! I made one for each of my guys.. I put a link to your pattern on my blog (to give you the kudos).

Thanks again,

~Karen

Momma Monkey's Crafts said...

I came across your blog google searching for a free pattern for viking hat. My dad requested I make him something that everyone will talk about. THIS is it!! lol. I just wanted a little guidance since I only have size 8 DPNs and wondered if you have approximate guidance for me? Adult mans hat with smaller needles than you used instead of a child's size. thank you SOOO much for providing a free pattern! YOU ROCK! I am now a follower!

Momma Monkey's Crafts said...

I posted a pic of my version of this hat http://monkeymommascrafts.blogspot.com/2011/03/knit-viking-hat.html

I also made sure to mention and link people to your blog since I used your pattern :)

Cheers!

Anonymous said...

fabulous pattern will be making two for my danish friends for christmas.

What a great idea.

bunnybeardesign said...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/fromwyomings/6840146360/in/faves-laprincessa/

Mike said...

The viking hat looks really good on your little one. I also like his batman t-shirt.

Glenda Purvis said...

Hey - love the hat and the pattern! I'm just having trouble affixing the horns to the hat. They look droopy...?

Anonymous said...

I feel like an idiot, but I am completely baffled by the explanation of the bobble...help? please? :)

Anonymous said...

Thankyou soooo much!!! Your pattern is easy to follow and always turn out fantastic :D