Finished hat measures 6” wide across base when flat, 6.5” across forehead when flat, and 6.5” tall (from cast on edge to crown, not including lamp) when flat. Note, the POLICE BOX and window pattern don’t repeat around the hat, it has a front and back.
- US size 6 (4mm) double pointed knitting needles
- Red Heart Classic yarn (TARDIS blue)
- Red Heart Classic yarn (black)
- Red Heart Classic yarn (white)
- A tiny bit of polyfill stuffing (to fill the lamp on the top). If you don’t want to buy a whole bag of polyfill stuffing, you can probably stuff it with something else, like yarn scraps.
SKILLS NEEDED (Click for links to help if you need it):
- Knitting in the round (co, k, p, k2tog, ssk)
- Color changing at start of new row
- Cross stitching (for the POLICE BOX text)
- Duplicate stitching (to the window panes)
- Chain stitching (for the bar across the center of the windows)
- Seaming (to attach the lamp to the top of the hat)
CO 60 stitches with blue and join in the round (I use slingshot method)
Work in k2, p2 ribbing for 6 rounds
Work stockinette stitch for next 19 rounds
Switch to black, work 7 rounds (stockinette stitch) in black
Switch back to blue, work 5 more rounds (stockinette stitch) in blue
Now it’s time to decrease for the top of the head…
R1: k4, k2tog, ssk, k4 (repeat this across the whole round) (50 stitches)
R2: k around (50 stitches)
R3: k3, k2tog, ssk, k3 (repeat this across the whole round) (40 stitches)
R4: k around (40 stitches)
R5: k2, k2tog, ssk, k2 (repeat this across the whole round) (30 stitches)
R6: k around (30 stitches)
R7: k1, k2tog, ssk, k1 (repeat this across the whole round) (20 stitches)
R8: k around (20 stitches)
R9: k2tog, ssk (repeat this across the whole round) (10 stitches)
Cut the yarn, leaving a few inches, thread it through the remaining stitches and pull tight. Secure and weave it in.
Using white yarn, you will be cross stitching the words “Police box” over the black band. For help with cross stitching, see the link above in the skills section.
I started about 9 or 10 stitches to the right of where my row ends (and color changes) were, because the row alignment where you change colors can get a little bit wonky.
Starting at the second row from the top within the black color band, begin cross stitching according to the picture above.
Using white yarn and the picture above, duplicate stitch the windows on over the blue stockinette stitches of the hat (around the forehead). You should have 3 clear rows of blue stockinette stitches above and below the windows when you’re done.
Note about duplicate stitching, no tutorials I found online agree about the direction you should go. I did mine in two pieces, starting with the 6 windowpanes on the left, and then I went over and did the six windowpanes on the right sepearately. I began with the lowest left stitch, worked across to the right, then moved up and across to the left, then up and across to the right, etc. If you need help with this, there’s a tutorial up in the skills section above. REMEMBER NOT TO PULL TOO TIGHT! If you pull too tight you’ll pucker it, and there’s no way to unpucker it except to rip the stitches out. Be especially careful not to pull too tight when you’re jumping the one stitch gaps between window panes or rows, because you want those gaps to show.
Horizontal bar across center of windows:
From duplicate stitch alone, that horizontal gap of blue (1 row tall) between the two rows of window panes isn’t as pronounced as I’d like it to be. Soooo, I decided to chain stitch across it. I did this again in two separate pieces (so the bar wouldn’t extend across the 5 stitch gap between the two window sections). Here’s a picture to show you what I’m talking about.
CO 13 stitches in blue, distribute evenly across needles, and join in the round (I use the slingshot method)
k 1 round
Switch to white
stockinette stitch for 5 rounds
Switch to blue
stockinette stitch for 2 more rounds
decreasing for the top…
Next row: knit the first two stitches together from each needle (10 stitches left)
Next row: knit first two stitches together off of first needle, but then knit across the rest (9 stitches left)
Cut yarn, leaving a few inches. Weave through the remaining stitches, pull tight and secure. You could weave it in, but I like to knot it down to make it extra secure, and then bury the end on the inside (wrong side).
Stuff some polyfill or yarn scraps into the lamp to fill it. Seam along the cast on edge to secure it to the top of the hat. Again, I usually tie a knot to be extra secure and then bury the end inside the stuffing.
To get some extra detail/definition, chain stitch around the blue rows on either side (above and below) the white stockinette area. Also chain around the center row of the white stockinette area. I did this all with one strand of yarn.
Here’s a side view of the lamp, showing where the chain stitches are.
That’s it! Let me know if you have any questions!! ALLLLONNS-Y