Friday, May 2, 2014

Slip-Stitch Mesh Hat

Slip-Stitch Mesh Hat

After I finished the Slip-Stitch Mesh Fingerless Gloves, I figured I had just enough yarn left in my skein for a hat. And it seemed like a good idea to make a hat that matched the gloves, since they're knit from the same stuff and all. So, if you're interested in knitting the smaller size of the gloves and the hat as written (I give a variation to make it slightly larger below, and I'm not sure you have enough yarn to accomplish it if you're making the gloves too), you can probably do it with just one ball. Otherwise, of course, they're both good stash projects that don't use too much yardage!

The back. Simple and clean.
Yarn: Berroco Vintage (52% Acrylic, 40% Wool, 8% Nylon; 218 yards [200 meters]/100 grams); #5120 Gingham - one skein

Needles: One 16" circular needle in size 9, one 16" circular needle in size 7, one set of double pointed needles, also in size 9

Notions: Tapestry needle

Gauge: 18 stitches = 4 inches on size 8 needles

Using your size 7 needle, cast on 90 stitches, place marker, and join in round. Knit one inch in a p1, k1 ribbing and then switch to your size 9 needle. And then, we'll be moving on to the main pattern, which uses a variation on Slip-Stitch Mesh from page 156 of Barbara G. Walker's A Treasury of Knitting Patterns, and goes as follows:

Rows 1 & 2: * p1, k1; rep from *

Row 3: * k1, slip 1 with yarn in back *

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

Row 5: * yo, k2tog *

Row 6: knit

Knit rows 1 - 6 five times (six times for a larger hat - this beanie is on the smaller size, as written), and then knit row 1 again. And then, it's time to begin the decreases, which go as follows:

Decrease Row 1: * (p1, k1) three times, p1, ssk, k1, k2tog, (p1, k1) three times *

Decrease Row 2: * (p1, k1) three times, p1, slip 2 together knitwise-k1-p2sso, (p1, k1) three times

Decrease Row 3: * (p1, k1) two times, p1, ssk, k1, k2tog, (p1, k1) two times *

You may want to switch to your dpns about now...

Decrease Row 4: * (p1, k1) two times, p1, slip 2 together knitwise-k1-p2sso, (p1, k1) two times *

Decrease Row 5: * p1, k1, p1, ssk, k1, k2tog, p1, k1 *

Decrease Row 6: * p1, k1, p1, slip 2 together knitwise-k1-p2sso, p1, k1 *

Decrease Row 7: * p1, ssk, k1, k2tog *

Decrease Row 8: * p1, slip 2 together knitwise-k1-p2sso *

Clip yarn, leaving tail, and thread through final 10 stitches. Pull tight, thread to inside of hat, and knot. Tuck in ends.



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