Cute Chroma Cap-Free pattern!

Recently I whipped up a little striped Chroma hat, and it’s quicky become my favorite hat this winter. It didn’t take much yarn, just a little of two colors, and the pattern is super easy! It’s a quick and cute project for using up yarn leftovers. So, I thought I’d share.

You’ll need about 30 grams each of two colors of Chroma Worsted (my finished hat weighs 58 grams). I used Windermint and Wildwood:

I knit the hat one evening, and wove in the ends over breakfast the next morning – it was a perfect instant gratification project!

Here are some other fun color combos you could try:

Seaweed and Parakeet

Soft RockMisty Morn
Soft Rock and Misty Morn

Watercolor and Theatre

Atlantis and Galapagos

Autumn Day Paperback
Autumn Day and Paperback (two things that go very well together!)

Or just use your imagination, and your yarn scraps!

Finished measurements: 19.5″ circumference (very stretchy beanie style), 9.5″ high
Needles: US 7 (4.5mm) Set of 5 DPNs, 16″ circ, or longer circ for Magic Loop method
Notions: Stitch marker, yarn needle
Gauge: 18 sts and 29 rounds = 4″ in St st in the round on size 7 needles, or size to obtain gauge

Designate one color MC and the other CC. With MC and using a stretchy cast-on, CO 88 sts. Place marker and join to work in the round, being careful not to twist sts. Arrange sts evenly over DPNs or long circular.

Work one round in K2, P2 rib. Attach CC and work one round in K2, P2 rib. Work in rib as established, working one round in MC then one in CC, for 16 more rounds.

Work body of hat: (knit one round in MC, knit one round in CC) 15 times (30 rounds).

On the next round, knit in MC, placing markers after every 11 sts.

Crown Decreases
Round 1: With CC, *knit to 2 sts before M, K2tog, SM*, repeat between *s around. 8 sts decreased.
Round 2: With MC, knit.

Repeat rounds 1 and 2 six more times; 4 sts remain between each marker, 32 sts total.

Next round: with MC, *K2, K2tog, SM*; repeat between *s around: 24 sts.
Next round: with CC, *K1, K2tog, SM*; repeat between *s around: 16 sts.
Next round: with MC, K2tog around: 8 sts. Break MC.
Last round: with CC, K2tog around: 4 sts. Break CC.

Using a yarn needle, pass the tail of CC through the remaining live sts and pull tight to close the hole.

Weave in ends, wash and block.

Now, lather, rinse, repeat! This is a great little knit for stashbusting, travelling, and gifts. I recently finished a sweater in Orchard, and I think I have enough Wildwood to make a hat with the leftovers. Just what I need to get a super-early jump on the next holiday season!