Ripple Effect

Five years ago, towards the end of August 2009, without much forethought or fanfare I started knitting hats. I had a goal of making 100 hats, using 100 patterns, in just one year. It felt daunting and totally out of reach to hit that goal, but by August 2010 I had finished my first 100 hats and had set a new goal.

Ten thousand hats, for ten thousand people. One woman, some needles and yarn, and a mission to make the world warmer, one hat at a time.

To celebrate these small, simple acts of kindness, and making my 1,00oth hat - a pretty big milestone on my way to 10,000 - I partnered with Heather of Ewe Ewe Yarns and wrote the Ripple Effect pattern. It looks complex, but it's actually just a few repeating rows that you can memorize pretty easily. And with just knit and purl stitches to contend with, this hat is perfect for a beginner knitter to dip their toes into hat making.I hope you'll knit it for yourself, for your friends and for a charity that you feel is worth of your time. Please enjoy the pattern!

Ripple Effect Free Hat Knitting Pattern

Quick decreases and an easy to remember pattern help make this hat perfect for charity knitting. The design works well for men and women, and for kids of all ages, which means you can donate your finished hats to a wide variety of charities. Each finished hat becomes a tiny drop in the ocean of change, creating a ripple effect of love.

Pattern Specs:

Ewe Ewe Yarns Pattern #125
Designed by Robyn Devine
Sizes: Child(Adult) 
Finished Measurements: 19(21) inches unstretched
Yarn: Ewe Ewe Yarns, Ewe So Sporty, 145 yards, 
    2(2) skeins (Shown in 75 Sky Blue)
Needles: US 5 (3.5 mm) 16" circular knitting needle
    US 5 (3.5 mm) double-pointed needles
    OR US 5 (3.5 mm) circular needle for magic loop
Supplies: Stitch marker, darning needle
Gauge: 24 sts to 4" in garter stitch after blocking.

Using long tail method, CO 112 (128) sts. Place marker to join in the round being careful not to twist cast on stitches.

Rnd 1: *K2, P2; rep from * around.

Repeat Rnd 1 until hat measures 2" from CO edge. 

Rnd 1-2: *K1, P2, K1; rep from * around.

Rnd 3-4: *P2, K2; rep from * around.

Rnd 5-6: *K1, P2, K1; rep from * around.

Rnd 7-8: *K2, P2; rep from * around.

Rnd 9-10: *P1, K2, P1; rep from * around.

Rnd 11-12: *P2, K2; rep from * around.

Rnd 13-14: *P1, K2, P1; rep from * around.

Rnd 15-16: *K2, P2; rep from * around.

Child size: Work Rnds 1-16 three times total.

Adult size: Work Rnds 1-16 three times, then work Rnds 1-8 one more time.

Decrease hat as follows switching to double-pointed needles as necessary.

Rnd 1: *K2, P2tog; rep from * around.

Rnd 2: *K2, P1; rep from * around.

Rnd 3: *K2tog, P1; rep from * around.

Rnd 4: *K1, P1; rep from * around.

Rnd 5: K2tog around.

Rnd 6: K2tog around.

Break yarn, leaving a long tail. Use darning needle to thread yarn through remaining sts. Pull yarn tight and secure. Weave in all ends.