Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Yoda hat: more of the same (and pattern)

There is no point having a mother who knits, if she can't knit you both Yoda hats...

Knitted Yoda Hat
Finished size: 18-21” stretched to fit child or small adult (fits me!)
Gauge: 22 sts/4” on 4.5mm dpn or circulars
Yarn: Rowan Pure Wool DK in Shade 020
Quantity: 1 ball (125m /126 yards)

Cast on 88 stitches and join to knit in the round.
K2p2 rib for 1.5”
Knit every round for ½”
Knitting the forehead wrinkles - this is “freeform” . I knitted 3 ridges as follows:
Row1 and 2: purl 22 stitches knit rest of round
Row 3 and 4: knit round
Row 5 and 6: knit 2 purl 18 knit 2, knit rest of round
Row 7 and 8: knit round
Row 9 and 10: purl 22 stitches, knit rest of round
Knit all rounds until hat measures 5” (more if you have a bigger head!)
Start decreases as follows:
Row 1: (k9 k2tog) repeat
Row 2: knit
Row 3: (k8 k2tog) repeat
Row 4: knit
Row 5: (k7 k2tog) repeat
Row 6: knit
Row 7: (k6 k2tog) repeat
Row 8: Knit
Row 9: (k5 k2tog) repeat
Row 10: (k4 k2tog) repeat
Row 11: (k3 k2tog) repeat
Row 12: k2tog repeat
Row 13: k2tog break yarn and thread through remaining stitches. Secure.

Ears - Knit 2 the same. Following a suggestion of some of the knitters I knit the latest ears with the yarn held double which made them stiffer:
Cast on 11 stitches leaving approx 12” tail.
Knit every stitch working back and forth.
Knit 3 rows
Next row increase by knitting into the front and back of the first and last stitch
Knit 1 row
Next row increase by knitting into the front and back of the first and last stitch (15 stitches)
Knit 7 rows
Decreases as follows:
  1. Knit 6 k2tog knit 7 (14)
  2. knit
  3. Knit 6 k2tog knit 6 (13
  4. knit
  5. Knit 5 k2tog knit 6 12
  6. knit
  7. Knit 5 k2tog knit 5 11
  8. knit
  9. Knit 4 k2tog knit 5 10
  10. knit
  11. knit
  12. Knit 4 k2tog knit 4 9
  13. knit
  14. knit
  15. Knit 3 k2tog knit 4 8
  16. knit
  17. knit
  18. Knit 3 k2tog knit 3 7
  19. knit
  20. knit
  21. Knit 2 k2tog knit 3 6
  22. knit
  23. knit
  24. Knit 2 k2tog knit 2 5
  25. knit
  26. knit
  27. knit
  28. Knit 1 k2tog knit 2 4
  29. knit
  30. knit
  31. knit
  32. Knit 1 k2tog knit 1 3
  33. knit
  34. knit
  35. knit
  36. Knit 1 k2tog
  37. k2tog break thread and draw through stitch to secure. Hide thread by weaving through purl bumps

Weave in ends.
Use cast-on thread from ears to secure to hat at sides. I sewed the ears with a slight fold so that the top of the ear was slightly forward of the bottom of the ear to create a floppy appearance.

May the Force be with you.

If anyone knits one of these I would be interested to hear about it!


Anonymous said...

Minus the ears... and you can have an R2D2 hat as well! We're loving the cloned yodas!

Daisy x

Lori said...


Trish said...

Okay, so my son was sitting on my lap. I was asking him what kind of hat he wanted me to make him. He said, let's check online. I got on Ravelry and he said he wanted a Star Wars Hat. Up came yoda. Can't wait to see how this turns out! Cool pattern! I'm going to try to modify it to be top-down.....

Jessi said...

My friend saw someone else's version of this hat somewhere online. She said she wanted one but black with pink ears - to be a house elf hat instead. I tracked down the pattern through Ravelry and I'm about to start. I'll be going up a needle size and hopefully that's all it will take to get this hat to fit her 22" head. Thanks for posting it for free!

Desiree said...

I just finished knitting this hat! It turned out perfect! Thank you very much for posting the pattern.

Unknown said...

I wanted fatter ears so I started by knitting into the front and back of the first row. I then started knitting 2 rows after the k 8 k 2 tog k 8 row and 3 rows after the k 6 I 2 tog I 6 row.