Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Gumdrop Beanie

Gumdrop Beanie

As you can see, I'm still having fun with this yarn. But this time, I've decided to employ it for something other than fingerless gloves - a hat! And not just a hat, but a mid-weight, slouchy number with a touch of color detail for extra fun. So let's get started!

The back. Simple, but pretty.
Yarn: Schoeller + Stahl Baby Micro (51% Virgin Wool, 49% Acrylic; 106 yards [97.5 meters]/25 grams); #03 Teal - two skeins (color A) & #05 Lilac - one skein (color B)

Needles: One 16" circular needle in size 3, one 16" circular needle in size 4, one set of double pointed needles, also in size 4

Notions: Tapestry needle

Gauge: 24 stitches = 4 inches 

Using color A and your size 3 circular needle, cast on 126 stitches, place marker, and join in round. Work in a * k3, p3 * ribbing until piece measures about 1.25". Then, switch to your size 4 circular needle and begin the pattern, as follows:

Rows 1 & 2: using color A, knit

Row 3: using color B, * k1, slip 1 with yarn in back; rep from *

Row 4: using color B, * p1, slip 1 with yarn in back *

Rows 5 & 6: using color A, knit

Row 7: using color B, * slip 1 with yarn in back, k1 *

Row 8: using color B, * slip 1 with yarn in back, p1 *

Knit rows 1 - 8 twice, and then we'll add another knit row between our slipped stitch rows. Or in terms of the pattern:

Rows 1 - 3: using color A, knit

Row 4: using color B, * k1, slip 1 with yarn in back; rep from *

Row 5: using color B, * p1, slip 1 with yarn in back *

Rows 6 - 8: using color A, knit

Row 9: using color B, * slip 1 with yarn in back, k1 *

Row 10: using color B, * slip 1 with yarn in back, p1 *

Knit rows 1 - 10 twice, and then we'll add two more knit rows between our slipped stitch rows. Or, in pattern notation:

Rows 1 - 5: using color A, knit

Row 6: using color B, * k1, slip 1 with yarn in back; rep from *

Row 7: using color B, * p1, slip 1 with yarn in back *

Rows 8 - 12: using color A, knit

Row 13: using color B, * slip 1 with yarn in back, k1 *

Row 14: using color B, * slip 1 with yarn in back, p1 *

Knit rows 1 - 14 twice, and then we'll begin the decreases. So let's do it!

Row 1: using color A, knit

Row 2: using color A, * k12, k2tog *

Row 3: using color A, knit

Row 4: using color A, * k11, k2tog *

Row 5: using color A, knit

Row 6: using color A, * k10, k2tog *

Row 7: using color A, knit

Row 8: using color A, * k9, k2tog *

Row 9: using color B, * k1, slip 1 with yarn in back *

Row 10: using color B, * p1, slip 1 with yarn in back *

Row 11: using color A, knit

You may want to switch to your dpns about now if you haven't already...

Row 12: using color A, * k8, k2tog *

Row 13: using color A, * k7, k2tog *

Row 14: using color A, * k6, k2tog *

Row 15: using color A, * k5, k2tog *

Row 16: using color A, * k4, k2tog *

Row 17: using color A, * k3, k2tog *

Row 18: using color A, * k2, k2tog *

Row 19: using color A, * k1, k2tog *

Row 20: using color B, * k1, slip 1 with yarn in back *

Row 21: using color B, * p1, slip 1 with yarn in back *

Cut color B yarn tail, since you're done with it

Row 22: using color A, knit

Row 23: using color A, k2tog

Clip color A tail and thread through remaining 9 stitches. Thread to inside of hat and knot. Tuck in ends.




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