Pride Parade {free hat knitting pattern}

Pride Parade free hat knitting pattern

I grew up in a small town not really knowing any gay people or maybe I did but I didn't know it. When I got my first real job I made friends and I liked who I liked. I didn't know that my boss was gay and I really didn't care. She was great at her job and taught me a lot about design. After weeks on the job I asked a passing question about her "husband" and all of my coworkers had a good belly-laugh at my expense.

That moment was a pivotal learning experience in my life about how I live and love. I learned that I really, deep-down, don't care if you live your life differently than I do; if I like you, I like you and that's that. Everyone is different and they are taking a path through life just like I am. I want everyone to have the same opportunities to enjoy each day and that's why I designed this hat. We are all equal. It's that simple. So this is a simple hat with stripes. I sized it from baby to adult so you can make one for anyone and everyone you love. 

Pride Parade Hat

Ewe Ewe Yarns Pattern #133
Designed by Heather Walpole

Sizes: Baby (Kid, Adult Small, Adult Large)
Measurements: 15 (16¾, 18½, 20½)" circumference; Stretches to fit 18 (21, 22, 24)" head size; 4¾ (5½, 6½, 7½)" high.

Yarn: Ewe Ewe Yarns, Wooly Worsted, 95 yards to 50g.
Color A: 1 skein or approx 26 yds, 14g (80 Indigo)
Color B: 1 skein or approx 23 yds, 12g (78 Sapphire)
Color C: 1 skein or approx 23 yds, 12g(50 Pistachio)
Color D: 1 skein or approx 23 yds, 12g (30 Saffron)
Color E: 1 skein or approx 23 yds, 12g (25 Orange Peel)
Color F: 1 skein or approx 23 yds, 12g (20 Red Poppy)

Note: Yarn amounts are based on the weight of Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted yarn and may vary with other yarns. Amount shown is to create the largest size hat.

Needles: US 8 (5 mm) 16" circular knitting needles; US 8 (5 mm) double-pointed knitting needles.

Supplies: Stitch marker, yarn needle.

Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows to 4" stockinette stitch.

Pattern:

With Color A, cast on 68 (76, 84, 92) sts, place marker and join in the round being careful not to twist cast on sts.

Round 1: *K2, P2; rep from * around. 
Work as for Round 1 for 4 (5, 6, 7) rounds total.

Next round: Knit.
Change to Color B and knit 5 (6, 7, 8) rounds.
Change to Color C and knit 5 (6, 7, 8) rounds.
Change to Color D and knit 5 (6, 7, 8) rounds.
Change to Color E and knit 5 (6, 7, 8) rounds.
Change to Color F and knit 3 (4, 5, 6) rounds.

Decrease as follows changing to double-pointed needles as needed to prevent stretching the fabric. 

Round 1: *K2, k2tog; rep from * around. 51 (57, 63, 69) sts.
Round 2: Knit around. 
Round 3: *K1, k2tog; rep from * around. 34 (38, 42, 46) sts.
Round 4: Knit around.
Round 5: K2tog around. 17 (19, 21, 23) sts.
Round 6: Knit around.
Round 7: K2tog around to the last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. 9 (10, 11, 12) sts.
Round 8: K2tog around to the last 3 (0, 3, 0) sts, k2tog, k1. 5 (5, 6, 6) sts remaining.

Cut yarn leaving a 6" tail. Thread tail through remaining sts. Pull tight to close hole and secure on the inside. Weave in all yarn ends. Block hat using steam or wet-blocking to set the stitches. Love!

Stitch glossary:
K – knit
K2tog – knit two stitches together
P – purl
rem – remaining
rep – repeat
st(s) – stitch(es)
If 0 is shown for a stitch count for the hat size being followed, disregard that instruction.