Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Basket Tweed Hat

Basket Tweed Hat

As promised with the North Star Hat, I'm currently posting a series of three color change hats that can all be knit with the same three skeins of yarn. And here's the second one, which is made by creating a cabled band, and then picking up stitches along the edge for a drop stitch pattern in the body of the hat. So let's get to it!
Finished with a star design!

Yarn: Berroco Vintage Chunky (50% Acrylic, 40% Wool, 10% Nylon; 130 yards [120 meters]/100 grams); #6123 Blush - 1 skein, #6185 Tide Pool - 1 skein, and #6167 Dewberry - 1 skein

Needles: One 16" circular needle in size 10, and one set of double-pointed needles (dpns), also in size 10, cable needle (cn) or double-pointed needle for cabling

Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch marker

Gauge: 14 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette

To knit this hat, we're going to begin with the band, for which you'll use your circular needle, although you'll be knitting back and forth (well, if you want to use your dpns for this, you could do that too). Anyway, begin by casting on 16 stitches with your main color yarn (for me, that's the blush), and then we'll move straight to the pattern:

Row 1 (wrong side): p2, k4, p4, k4, p2

Row 2: k2, p4, k4, p4, k2

Row 3: p2, k4, p1, slip 2 stitches with yarn in front, p1, k4, p2

Row 4: k2, p2, slip next three stitches to cn and hold in back, k1, and then k3 from cn; slip next stitch to cn and hold in front, k3, and then k1 from cn; p2, k2

Rows 5, 7, & 9: p2, k2, p8, k2, p2

Rows 6, 8, & 10: k2, p2, k8, p2, k2

Row 11: p2, k2, slip 1 with yarn in front, p6, slip 1 with yarn in front, k2, p2

Row 12: k2, p2, slip next stitch to cn and hold in front, p2, k1, k1 from cn, slip next three stitches to cn and hold in back, k1, and then k1, p2 from cn, p2, k2

Rows 13 & 14: repeat rows 1 & 2

Repeat rows 1 - 14 eight times, and then bind off, knitting the knit stitches and purling the purls. Seam short ends together. Then, beginning at seam, pick up 80 stitches along top edge of band with your main color yarn and your circular needle (you choose which one you'd like to be the top), which should correspond to 10 stitches for every repeat of the motif. Place marker, join in round, and knit one row around. Now it's time to begin the pattern, which is Three-Color Basket Tweed from page 76 of Barbara G. Walker's A Treasury of Knitting Patterns. Remember to leave your yarn loose behind your slipped stitches!

Rows 1 & 2: with your first accent color, * k3, slip 1; rep from *

Rows 3 & 4: with your main color, * k1, slip 1, k2 *

Rows 5 & 6: repeat rows 1 & 2 with your second accent color

Rows 7 & 8: with your main color, repeat rows 3 & 4

Repeat rows 1 - 8 three times, and then we'll knit a transition row twice. And here it is:

Transition row: * p3, slip 1, k11, slip 1 *

After knitting this row twice, it's time to begin the decreases. Here they go!

Decrease row 1: * p3, ssk, k9, k2tog *

Decrease row 2: * p3, ssk, k7, k2tog *

You may want to switch to your dpns about now.

Decrease row 3: * p3, ssk, k5, k2tog *

Decrease row 4: * p3, ssk, k3, k2tog *

Decrease row 5: * p3, ssk, k1, k2tog *

Decrease Row 6: * p3, sl1-k2tog-psso *

Decrease Row 7: * p3tog, p1 *

Decrease Row 8: * p2tog *

Clip tail and thread through final 5 stitches. Thread to inside of hat, knot, and tuck in ends.


  1. Hi,
    On decrease row 6 the * that you have as *P3, sl1-k2tog-psso, P3* gives you 6 purls in a row.

    I moved the * over behind the first P3 and it works perfect :) I got a lovely "star" finish.

    GREAT HAT !!! I've done all 3 with the colors, LOVE THEM :) thank you

    1. Hey, thanks for the catch! I'll fix the pattern. And I'm glad to hear you like your hats :)