October doesn’t just mean Halloween, it means walking through spider webs and catching the 8-legged monsters leering at you from the corners of your home. There’s no hope of escape, so might as well embrace the spirit of season with a hat that features spiders dangling down all around the brim!

 

This hat is knit from the brim up in either Worsted or DK weight, and features an easy single stitch spider body or a more complicated bobble spider body. To help you get going on this hat we’ve got a tutorial on how to do the spiders, including how to do the easy spider body, or the bobble spider body.

 

To start off you’ll need to knit the brim and following two rows of purl stitch.

 

Follow the pattern and purl the correct number of stitches, and then bring the yarn in front of your work. 

 

Next, slip five stitches purl-wise from your left to your right needle. Keep those stitches spread out and don’t bunch them in order to keep the tension loose.

 

Purl the next stitch. This gives you a long float across the front of the 5 stitches you didn’t purl. This will be the bottom two legs of your spider.

 

Just to be sure, I like to keep those stitches spread and give a tug to make sure there is just a little slack.

 

You’ll follow the pattern, repeating this all the way around. Then, on your next round you are going to simply purl across.

 

Once you’ve purled across that leg might look a little tight, but you can give it another tug and it should get loose again.

 

The next round you will create another float above the first. Follow the pattern and purl to where the float starts. Hold the yarn to the front and slip 5 stitches purl wise.

 

Purl the next stitch and make sure to keep that tension nice and loose.

 

Repeat the purl round and then the float round another 2 times.

 

When you are done you will have 4 total floats. Now you can either do the single knit stitch body or the bobble body.

 

Easy Spider Body

 

Following the pattern to purl part way across.

 

Slip your right needle under the 4 floats and lift them.

 

Bring them up over the top of the left needle and let them go on the left side of the next stitch to be worked.

 

Knit that stitch.

 

Drop the 4 floats down.

 

You may need to tug the legs into place and your spider with a single stitch body is done!

 

Bobble Spider Body

 

Following the pattern to purl part way across.

 

Slip your right needle under the 4 floats and lift them.

 

Bring them up over the top of the left needle and let them go on the left side of the next stitch to be worked.

 

Knit into the front,

 

the back,

 

and the front of that stitch. You now have 3 stitches.

 

Turn.

 

Purl these 3 stitches.

 

Turn.

 

Knit these 3 stitches together, so that you have 1 stitch.

 

Drop the 4 floats down.

 

You may need to tug the legs into place and your spider with a bobble body is done!