It is hard knitting for boys because there aren’t a ton of knitted boy gifts out there. And I know I don’t like spending too much time knitting presents for the boys in my family because they aren’t very appreciative. I get a lot of, ‘Oh, a hat. Thanks.’
If I’m going to get a, ‘Oh, a hat. Thanks.’, I might as well punch that hat out as quickly as possible. Enter size 11 needles and a hat pattern that is fun to knit and manly-cute enough for every boy in your life.
With a brim or without, any boy will love this hat! And a big thanks to Eric Mangini for being such a terrible football coach that lending his name to this pattern might be his most impressive accomplishment.
The Sweatshop of Love
(Eric) Man-Beanie and (Eric) Man-Stocking Cap Pattern
Unlike this pattern’s namesake, Cleveland Browns head coach Eric Mangini, this hat is a winner! Using two strands of worsted weight yarn held together or bulky weight yarn and huge needles, you can knit this hat during the time it takes for the Browns to lose a game! With a seed stitch and stockinette stitch rib, this hat will look great on every boy you know. Or keep it yourself and impress people with your knowledge of terrible NFL coaches.
11/21/09 EDIT: If you are having trouble with this hat being too small, the stitch pattern is a 5 stitch repeat, so adding stitches in multiples of 5 – CO 55 sts, CO 60 sts – would make it bigger and preserve the stitch pattern.
If knitting the (Eric) Man-Beanie, skip down in the pattern past the (Eric) Man-Stocking Cap Only section.
(Eric) Man-Stocking Cap – Length: 10 inches Width: 10 inches
(Eric) Man-Beanie – Length: 7 1/2 inches Width: 10 inches
Any worsted or bulky weight yarn
Set of 5 size 11 double pointed needles
With two strands of worsted weight yarn or one strand of bulky weight yarn, CO 50 sts. If knitting the beanie, skip down to (Eric) Man-Beanie.
(Eric) Man-Stocking Cap Only:
Round 1: P3, [K1, P4] to last 2 sts, K1, P1
Round 2: [P2, K1, P1, K1] around
Repeat both rounds 5 times total. Purl 1 round. Continue following (Eric) Man-Beanie instructions.
(Eric) Man-Beanie (both hats):
Round 1: K3, [P1, K4] to last 2 sts, P1, K1
Round 2: [K2, P1, K1, P1] around
Repeat both rounds for 5 inches, ending with a round 2.
Begin Cap Decrease Rounds
Round 1: [K2, P2tog, K1] around – 40 sts total
Round 2: [K3, P1] around
Round 3: K2, [P1, K3] around
Round 4: [K2, K2tog] around – 30 sts total
Round 5: [K2, P1] around
Round 6: K all sts
Round 7: [K2tog, P1] around – 20 sts total
Round 8: K all sts
Round 9: [K1, P1] around
Round 10: [K2tog, P2tog] around – 10 sts total
Round 11: K all sts
Cut yarn, pull through remaining sts and secure.
Weave in ends. Make sure to give this hat to a winner!