Apologies for the unintentional hiatus! January got away from me, in a good kind of way. I finished up a few projects (including this shirt! I'll post it soon!), traveled to Baltimore during their big blizzard, and got a new cat (!). Happy February!
This is a tutorial for a chunky knit roving hat with colorblocking. It is super simple and fast and fun! I also cannot decide if I even like the hat or not, haha! I ran out of the blue, and I think I would like it more if it had more than a smidge of blue at the end. But you know, you win some and you lose some.
Because this is hat is knit with roving, the first thing you'll need to do is make your yarn! You can do this following my instructions in my previous tutorial, for the giant knit cowl. You will need to divide and set a slight twist into the roving to create your yarn:
You can learn the details of that technique HERE!
Okay, so for this project, you'll need about 100 grams of roving, or two skeins of Knitpick's roving. You can really use any roving that's combed into a long strand. Here I used some creamy white roving, and some beautiful sapphire blue Knitpick's Wool of the Andes roving, left over from other projects. You can adjust your colorblocking to be any length, or you can skip it altogether!
You will also need size 50 (25 mm) circular knitting needles. I like these ones from Knitter's Pride.
With you main color, start by casting on 16 stitches, using the long-tail cast-on method.
Join in the round.
Begin to knit 1x1 rib.
Splice your yarn as necessary!
Watch it (quickly!) grow...
Knit in rib for 8 rounds (or desired amount). Switch to your second color:
Proceed in 1x1 rib for two more rounds.
On round 11, k2tog 8 times. 8 sts remaining.
Pull your loose end through the 8 remaining stitches.
Pull tightly, tie a knot, and weave in all loose ends.
How easy was that?! Even with spinning the roving, this can easily be done in a couple hours! It is one-size-fits-most, and you can easily increase or decrease as needed. For reference, I have a 22 1/2" head circumference (pretty standard).
This is so easily customizable, and I think would look really cute with different amounts of colorblocking, or stripes, or no colorblocking! You do you!
Here is the Ravelry link - add me, heart it up, all of that good stuff. I would love to see photos if you make this! Thanks for reading through!