Tuesday, February 25, 2014

American Beauty Hat

American Beauty Hat

It may be spring in most of the country, but in my neck of the woods, we're still in single-digits, driving down roads rutted with ice. Of course, I think that this three-color, slipped stitch hat will transition nicely to warmer temperatures as well, and hopefully now that I've made it for my husband, that's exactly what we'll get. Or at least his ears will stay warm...

Yarn: Schachenmayr smc Juvel (100% New Wool; 116 yards [106 meters]/50 grams); #575 Light Moss - one skein (color A), #2 Medium Grey Heather - one skein (color B), #500 Mottled Bark - one skein (color C)
I couldn't bring myself to do a boring back -
hit me up if you want one, though, and I'll come up
with something.

Needles: One 16" circular needle in size 4, one 16" circular needle in size 7

Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch marker

Gauge: 22 stitches = 4 inches on size 6 needles

Using your size 4 circular needle and your color A yarn, cast on 116 stitches, place marker, and join in round. Knit 1.5" in a * k1, p1 * ribbing, and then switch to your size 7 needle and knit one row. Next, we'll begin the pattern, which is American Beauty Tweed from page 39 of Barbara G. Walker's A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns, except adapted for the round. So here goes!

Row 1: using color B, * slip 2 with yarn in back, k2; rep from *

Row 2: using color B, * slip 1 with yarn in front, slip 1 with yarn in back, k2 *

Row 3: using color C, * k2, slip 2 with yarn in back *

Row 4: using color C, * k2, slip 1 with yarn in front, slip 1 with yarn in back *

Rows 5 & 6: using color A, repeat rows 1 & 2

Rows 7 & 8: using color B, repeat rows 3 & 4

Rows 9 & 10: using color C, repeat rows 1 & 2

Rows 11 & 12: using color A, repeat rows 3 & 4

Knit rows 1 - 12 until your piece measures roughly 7", and you've just finished an even row of your pattern (if you'd like to be more picky than that on which colors you want lining up where, be my guest). Clip tails for colors B & C, since you're done with them. Then, knit two rows in color A before we begin our decreases. And once you're done with those, proceed as follows:

Decrease row 1: * k8, k2tog, k9, ssk, k8 *

Decrease row 2: * k7, k2tog, k9, ssk, k7 * 

Decrease row 3: * k6, k2tog, k9, ssk, k6 *

Decrease row 4: * k5, k2tog, k9, ssk, k5 *

You'll probably want to switch to your dpns on this round or the next!

Decrease row 5: * k4, k2tog, k9, ssk, k4 *

Decrease row 6: * k3, k2tog, k9, ssk, k3 *

Decrease row 7: * k2, k2tog, k9, ssk, k2 *

Decrease row 8: * k1, k2tog, k9, ssk, k1 *

Decrease row 9: * k2tog, k9, ssk *

Decrease row 10: * ssk, k7, k2tog *

Decrease row 11: * ssk, k5, k2tog *

Decrease row 12: * ssk, k3, k2tog *

Decrease row 13: * ssk, k1, k2tog *

Decrease row 14: * sl1-k2tog-psso *

Clip tail, and thread through final four stitches. Pull tight. Thread to inside of hat and knot. Tuck in ends.

The pattern.

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