Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Fan Lace Hat

Fan Lace Hat

Well, I figured it was high time for me to use the rest of this yarn. And after completing the Field of Tulips Cowl and the Tons of Triangles Cowl, all I had left was the reddish color, and just enough for a slouchy, spring-weight hat. Therefore, the Fan Lace Hat was born. And it's a fun knit, if I may say so myself!

The fan lace pattern, closer-up
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Sierra (80% Pima Cotton, 20% Merino Wool; 191 yards [175 meters]/100 grams); #55 Sunset - one skein

Needles: One 16" circular needle in size 8, one 16" circular needle in size 6

Notions: Tapestry needle, three stitch markers

Gauge: 18 stitches = 4 inches on size 8 needles

So let's do this thing! First of all, then, using your size 6 needle, cast on 100 stitches, place marker, and join in round. And then we'll begin with this ribbing row:

Ribbing Row: * (k1, p1) twice, k1; rep from *

Knit ribbing row 6 times and then switch to your size 8 needle and knit the following transition row:

Transition Row: * k1, p1, kfb, p1, k1 * (120 stitches)

And now, it's time to move to our pattern, which is a slight variation on Fan Lace from page 216 of Barbara G. Walker's A Treasury of Knitting Patterns, and goes as follows:

Row 1 and all odd rows: knit

Row 2: * ssk, k3 through back loops, yo, k1, yo, k3 through back loops, k2tog, k1 *

Row 4: * ssk, k2 through back loops, yo, k1, yo, ssk, yo, k2 through back loops, k2tog, k1 *

Row 6: * ssk, k1 through back loop, yo, k1, (yo, ssk) twice, yo, k1 through back loop, k2tog, k1 *

Row 8: * ssk, yo, k1, (yo, ssk) three times, yo, k2tog, k1 *

Knit rows 1 - 8 three times (you could even knit one more repeat, if you desire an extra-slouchy hat and have enough yarn). And now it's time to begin the decreases, which go as follows:

Decrease row 1: knit

Row 2: * ssk, k3 through back loops, yo, k1, yo, k3 through back loops, k2tog, k1, ssk, k3 through back loops, k1, k3 through back loops, k2tog, k1 * (110 stitches)

Row 3: knit

Row 4: * ssk, k2 through back loops, yo, k1, yo, ssk, yo, k2 through back loops, k2tog, k1, ssk, k2 through back loops, k1, k2 through back loops, k2tog, k1 * (100 stitches)

Row 5: * k14, sl1-k2tog-psso, k3 * (90 stitches)

Row 6: * ssk, k1 through back loop, yo, k1, (yo, ssk) twice, yo, k1 through back loop, k2tog, k1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1 * (80 stitches)

You'll probably want to switch to your dpns right about now, if you haven't already

Row 7: * k12, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1 *  (70 stitches)

Row 8: * ssk, yo, k1, (yo, ssk) three times, yo, k2tog, sl1-k2tog-psso * (60 stitches)

Row 9: * ssk, k7, k2tog, k1 * (50 stitches)

Row 10: * ssk, k1, (yo, ssk) twice, k2tog, k1 * (40 stitches)

Row 11: * ssk, k3, k2tog, k1 * (30 stitches)

Row 12: * k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k2 * (20 stitches)

Row 13: * sl1-k2tog-psso, k1 * (10 stitches)

Clip tail, thread through remaining 10 stitches, and pull tight. Thread to inside of hat and knot. Tuck in ends.


  1. That's a b. e. a-utiful design and I love the slouch.
    Since you seem to love to design, could you make recommendations to make this more chemo-patient friendly? Something smaller, no slouch perhaps? I love having options to take to our Infusion Unit ;)

    1. I'm glad you like my design! I think the best way to convert this to a less-slouchy shape (without completely rewriting the pattern) would be as follows:

      Instead of using a worsted-weight yarn, use a sport weight yarn where 23 stitches = 4 inches. You'll probably be knitting on a size 4 or 5 16" circular needle to accomplish this. Then, using a 16" circular needle that's one size smaller than your gauge size, cast on 120 stitches, and complete 6-8 repeats of a simple k1, p1 ribbing (depending on how long you want the ribbed section - and the reason I don't recommend the ribbing as given is that it won't line up with the pattern in this variation). Anyway, once you're done with that, change to your gauge-size needle, skip the transition row, and move straight to the pattern as given. You will probably need to knit the pattern rows one more time than I did (you'll want the hat to measure 6 or so inches before you begin the decreases), but other than that, the directions should be exactly the same, and the hat won't puff out after the ribbing any more, but fit closer to the head instead. Hope that helps!

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    1. Thanks Debby, I'm glad to hear it! Please let me know if you ever choose to knit any of them and have trouble. I'm always happy to help :)

  3. Português do Brasil:Eu adoro gorros, e os seus,são maravilhosos!! Agora, vou tentar escrever em Inglês, mas entenda, eu não sei falar inglês bem, ok? Um grande abraço!!
    English: I love hats, and yours, are wonderful!! Now, I am trying to write in english, but you must undestand that I don't know speak english well, ok? A big hug!!

    1. Well, your English is definitely better than my Portuguese! And I'm glad to hear you like my patterns :) If you every knit any and have questions, please let me know!

  4. Gretchen,
    I love this pattern, but it doesn't have the number of stitches per line. Do you have them, it will make it easier for me to knit.
    Thank you!

    1. Hi! I've been out of town, so I apologize for the delayed response. But I will get to this just as soon as I can - worst case scenario it will be later this afternoon, and hopefully sooner! :)

  5. When ever you can, its a holiday weekend.

    1. They should be up now! Let me know if that's not what you mean, though :)

  6. Thank you, I just don't see it for the pattern part. Sorry to bug you!!

    1. No worries! There is no change in stitch count for any of the pattern rows - the 120 stitches are maintained, with a 12 stitch pattern repeat. Is that what you're asking?