Named after the delectable little khinkali from the Republic of Georgia, which have a handy knot of dough at the top for easy grabbing.
A new pattern: the Dumpling Hat!
Yarn: Noro Kureyon, 1 ball
Needles: Size 8, using whatever method you want for knitting back and forth (I use circulars, but straights are good, too). Or use whatever needle size gives you a nice, drapey fabric—not too dense and not too loose. It’s wool, so you can go looser than usual and still be quite warm. Gauge is so not important here.
Cast on 40 sts, leaving a tail about 8 inches long.
Row 1 (WS): Purl
Row 2 (RS): Knit
Row 3: Purl 30, turn work, wrap next st on R needle
Row 4: Knit
Row 5: Purl 25, turn work, wrap next st on R needle
Row 6: Knit
Row 7: Purl all 40 sts, picking up wraps & purling them with the st they’re around
Row 8: Knit. 1 wedge completed!
Row 9: Knit
Row 10: Purl
Row 11: Knit 30, turn work, wrap next st on R needle
Row 12: Purl
Row 13: Knit 25, turn work, wrap next st on R needle
Row 14: Purl
Row 15: Knit all 40 sts, picking up wraps & knitting them with the st they’re around
Row 16: Purl. Another wedge completed!
Repeat rows 1-16 as many times as you need for the hat to wrap around your head. I just knit until the Kureyon looked like it only had a yard or so left.
Idiot-proof seaming technique: Bind off, leaving an 8 inch length of yarn. Using the tail from your cast on, start seaming the cast on edge and the bound off edge together. Halfway up, quit and start seaming from the top, using the piece of yarn that is hanging out up there. Seaming from the top and the bottom ensures that you won’t be off at one end.
Dumpling top: using a length of the same yarn doubled (or different yarn, it’s up to you), wrap the short-rows section at the top of the hat firmly, but do not draw the hat completely together. It will end up looking too puckered. Tie off the yarn and using a darning needle, draw the ends into the inside of the hat and weave in. You can leave the ”knot” up or fold it down, as pictured.