Donnerstag, 22. März 2018

Frost in March Hat

This year winter doesn't seem to end - and at the beginning of March it got extremely cold - in my part of the world it was minus 10 degrees. Even now - a few weeks - later it's not much better. That's why I took to wearing a hat everytime I had to leave the house. In autumn I had knitted a few new hats (e.g. U-Turn Hat and Circle Beret), but they were shaped in a way that they fitted right over head and were to small if I wore my hair in a bun - which I usually do. So I wnated to knit a roomier hat, something a bit slouchy so that my "hairdo" would fit comfortably.
I decided on something with a short row construction, that is worked sideways and knitted flat. It starts with a provisional CO, is knitted in wedges and ends by grafting the edges together. The first 14 stitches are worked in garter stitch which provides a ribbing.
Their are two versions of the pattern - one to the exact size and gauge as given below, and one more general version so that you can adapt it to your head size.


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Materials
  • 60 to 70 grams of Worsted weight yarn - the sideways effect will be shown best when using self-striping yarn (I used Lana Grossa Cool Wool Big Color - here's a link to the yarn's Ravelry page)
  • 4 mm knitting needles
  • scrap yarn and crochet hook for provisional CO
  • tapestry needle for grafting and to weave in ends

Techniques

Gauge and Size
In stockinette stitch 21 stitches gave 10 cm in width and 32 rows 10 cm in height.
The finished hat measures 44 cm in circumference at the ribbing (unstretched). Stretched it fits around my head (about 54 cm in circumference). Just above the ribbing it measures about 55 cm in circumference. From the lower edge of the ribbing up to the crown it measures 23 cm.



Instructions

For the exact size as given above
Do a provisional CO of 50 sts
Row 0 (WS): k all
Row 1 (RS+WS): sl1, k47, w+t, p to last 14 sts, k14
Row 2 (RS+WS): sl1, k45, w+t, p to last 14 sts, k14
Row 3 (RS+WS): sl1, k43, w+t, p to last 14 sts, k14
Row 4 (RS+WS): sl1, k41, w+t, p to last 14 sts, k14
Row 5 (RS+WS): sl1, k39, w+t, p to last 14 sts, k14
Row 6 (RS+WS): sl1, k37, w+t, p to last 14 sts, k14
Row 7 (RS+WS): sl1, k35, w+t, p to last 14 sts, k14
Row 8 (RS+WS): sl1, k33, w+t, p to last 14 sts, k14
Row 9 (RS, WS, RS, WS): sl1, k31, w+t, p to last 14, w+t, k to last 14 sts, w+t, p to last 14 sts, k14
Row 10 (RS+WS): sl1 k to end, TURN, sl1 k to end

Repeat rows 1 to 10 6 more times. Then knit rows 1 to 9 once more.
Put the stitches of the provisional CO on a knitting needle.
Hold the edges WS together and graft 14 sts in garter stitch and 36 sts in stockinette stitch.
Weave in ends.



For other sizes
Do a provisional CO of the number of sts you need for the desired height 
Row 0 (WS): k all
Row 1 (RS+WS): sl1, k to 2 sts before end, w+t, p to last 14 sts, k14
Row 2 (RS+WS): sl1, k to 2 sts before last wrap, w+t, p to last 14 sts, k14
Row 3 (RS+WS): sl1, k to 2 sts before last wrap, w+t, p to last 14 sts, k14
Row 4 (RS+WS): sl1, k to 2 sts before last wrap, w+t, p to last 14 sts, k14
Row 5 (RS+WS): sl1, k to 2 sts before last wrap, w+t, p to last 14 sts, k14
Row 6 (RS+WS): sl1, k to 2 sts before last wrap, w+t, p to last 14 sts, k14
Row 7 (RS+WS): sl1, k to 2 sts before last wrap, w+t, p to last 14 sts, k14
Row 8 (RS+WS): sl1, k to 2 sts before last wrap, w+t, p to last 14 sts, k14
Row 9 (RS, WS, RS, WS): sl1, k to 2 sts before last wrap, w+t, p to last 14, w+t, k to 2 sts before last wrap, w+t, p to last 14 sts, k14
Row 10 (RS+WS): sl1 k to end, TURN, sl1 p to last 14 sts,  k to end

Repeat rows 1 to 10 6 until the hat fit around your head - during the last repeat only knit up to and including row 9.
Put the stitches of the provisional CO on a knitting needle.
Hold the edges WS together and graft 14 sts in garter stitch and the rest in stockinette stitch.
Weave in ends.


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