Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wickerwork Hat

Wickerwork Hat

I stumbled across this yarn in my stash the other day and I realized that it would make the perfect gift for a friend who's about to move away. So I got right down to work and created this fun Wickerwork Hat, complete with pompom (there is a photo of it without the pompom below, in case you want to see it without). It would also make a great stash-busting holiday gift, since I think most of us have at least a skein or two of worsted-weight wool hanging around!

Sans pompom. In a different color, this would
make a nice man-hat as well.
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool (100% Pure New Wool; 210 yards [192 meters]/100 grams); #202 (Cream) - one skein

Needles: 16" circular needle in size US 5, 16" circular needle in size US 8, one set of double pointed needles, also in size US 8

Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch marker

Gauge: 20 stitches = 4 inches on size 7 needles

So let's get started! First, using your size 5 needle, cast on 104 stitches, place marker, and join in round. Then, knit 1.5" in the following ribbing:

Ribbing Row: k1, * p2, k2; rep from *; end p2, k1

And once that's done, we'll switch to our size 8 needles and our main pattern, which is Wickerwork Pattern from page 146 of Barbara G. Walker's A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns. For this pattern, we'll need the following notation:

rt (right twist): knit two together, leaving stitches on left-hand needle; next, insert right-hand needle from the front between the two stitches just knitted together, and knit the first stitch again.  Finally, slip both stitches from left-hand needle together

lt (left twist): with right-hand needle behind left-hand needle, skip one stitch and knit the second stitch in back loop; then insert right-hand needle into the backs of both stitches and k2tog-b (knit two together through back loops, inserting right needle from the right)

And we'll proceed like so:

Row 1: k1, * p2, k2 *; end p2, k1

Row 2: * k1, p1, rt, lt, p1, k1 *

Row 3: * k1, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, k1 *

Row 4: * k1, rt, p2, lt, k1 *

Row 5: k2, * p4, k4 *; end p4, k2

Row 6: knit

Row 7: same as row 1

Row 8: * lt, p1, k2, p1, rt *

Row 9: * p1, k1, p1, k2, p1, k1, p1 *

Row 10: * p1, lt, k2, rt, p1 *

Row 11: p2, * k4, p4 *; end k4, p2

Row 12: knit

Knit rows 1 - 12 three times, and then it's time to begin our decreases. So let's proceed as follows:

Decrease Row 1: * k1, p1, ssk, k2tog, p1, k1*

Decrease Row 2: * k1, rt, lt, k1 *

Decrease Row 3: * k2, p2, k2 *

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

Decrease Row 4: * k2tog, p2, ssk *

Decrease Row 5: slip first stitch from first dpn and slide to last dpn; then, * p2, k2tog *

Decrease Row 6: * p2tog, p1 *

Decrease Row 7: purl

Decrease Row 8: * p2tog *

Decrease Row 9: p1, * p2tog *

Clip tail and, using tapestry needle, thread through final 7 stitches. Pull tight, thread to inside of hat, and knot. Tuck in ends. If desired, make pompom and affix to hat. Put on and twirl happily.




32 comments:

  1. Thanks for this wonderful pattern and well written directions!

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    1. I'm so glad you like it! And if you have any questions, please let me know :)

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  2. Hi,

    Can this be knitted on straight needles not circular.
    Thanks

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    1. Hi!

      Unfortunately this particular pattern would require quite a bit of modification for straight needles. And in fact I haven't designed any hats that don't use circulars - maybe I'll add one to the list :)

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  3. I use straight needles and three days to finish this pretty hat. thanks for the sharing.

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    1. Are you the same commenter as before? Did you basically just go back and forth from the break and then seam it? Either way, I'm glad it worked out for you! :)

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  4. Have you tried making this for a toddler or child? If so, how would you change the pattern?

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    1. Hi!

      I have not made this hat in a smaller size; however, I think the easiest thing to do for a child size would be to knit it with yarn that gave you a gauge of 22 stitches per four inches (and using whichever size needle you needed to accomplish that for the main pattern and a needle two sizes smaller for the ribbing). You may need to trim 1/2" to 1" from the ribbing as well. For a toddler size you'd want more like 24 stitches per four inches, and a bit less ribbing if you want it to fit snugly on top (you can leave the ribbing the same if you want a bit of extra room on top, which would look good with the pompom anyway). Let me know if you have any more questions :)

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    2. if it's a 16 pattern repeat you can simply cut out by 16 or 8 stitches to reduce the size.

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  5. Are you using size 5 us or mm needles?

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    1. Hi Raylinda! US 5. I am trying to update my patterns with this information; I'll do this one now :)

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  6. If I need more stitches, in what increments can I add them for this pattern? Was the commenter above correct with 8 or 16?
    Thanks!
    Sarah

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    1. Hi Sarah! You can add increments of 8 in this pattern :) Let me know if you have any other questions!

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    2. Perfect! Thanks so much for your speedy reply!
      I'm excited to learn the new skill of twisting stitches. Thanks! :)

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    3. Of course! And twisting stitches is easy, fun, and opens a lot of doors, pattern-wise! I hope you enjoy it. :)

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  7. Super design for a hat. I generally find that a ribbing pattern works best for my preference if it's 4", for a turnback option. I have many balls of yarn needing some creative project. I hope this works on circulars, in the round and not having to use DPs-I can't get the hang of them.

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    1. I'm sure a rolled up brim would look great on this! And I've never tried it, but some people swear by the Magic Loop method if they don't like double pointed needles. Have you used this before?

      http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-knit-in-the-round-with-the-magic-loop.html

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  8. This hat looks great. What is the best way to make the pom pom?

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    1. Hello there! This is my preferred method: http://www.ballstothewallsknits.com/2014/06/how-to-make-yarn-pompom.html :)

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    2. I would like to make a scarf to match the hat. Do you have a pattern that would work with it?
      Thanks

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    3. Hello again! I do not have a scarf pattern to match; however, if you want the same pattern and everything, you could simply knit one as follows (this will have a 2 stitch garter edge and some ribbing at the ends, but will otherwise match patterns). I am assuming the same gauge.

      Using size US 6 straight needles, cast on 28 stitches and knit the following ribbing rows:

      Ribbing Row 1 (wrong side): k2, p1 * k2, p2 * until you have 5 stitches left; then k2, p1, k2

      Ribbing Row 2: k3, * p2, k2 * until you have five stitches left; then p2, k3

      Knit rows 1 - 2 twice, switch to your size 8 needles, and then begin the main pattern, which goes as follows:

      Row 1 (wrong side): k2, p1 * k2, p2 * until you have 5 stitches left; then k2, p1, k2

      Row 2: k2, * k1, p1, rt, lt, p1, k1 * until you have 2 stitches left; then k2

      Row 3: k2, * p1, k1, p1, k2, p1, k1, p1 * until you have 2 stitches left; then k2

      Row 4: k2, * k1, rt, p2, lt, k1 * until have two stitches left; then k2

      Row 5: k2, p2, * k4, p4 * until you have 8 stitches left, then k4, p2, k2

      Row 6: knit

      Row 7: repeat row 1

      Row 8: k2, * lt, p1, k2, p1, rt * until you have 2 stitches left; then k2

      Row 9: k2, * k1, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, k1 * until you have 2 stitches left, then k2

      Row 10: k2, * p1, lt, k2, rt, p1 * until you have 2 stitches left, then k2

      Row 11: k4, * p4, k4 *

      Row 12: knit

      Knit rows 1 - 12 until desired length is reached and you've just finished row 12 of the pattern. Switch to your size 6 needles. Then knit Ribbing Rows 1 & 2 twice and bind off loosely in pattern. Block, if desired.

      Hope that helps!

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  9. Thank you so much. I do have one more question though on how many balls of yarn I would need for the scarf.
    Thank you so much for all of your help. I really appreciate it.

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    1. You are very welcome! I would say that you'll need slightly less than 300 yards for the scarf. I should also mention that, as written, the scarf will be slightly less than 6" wide. If you'd prefer it a bit over 7", you should cast on 36 stitches instead. Then you'll need a bit more yarn, as well - perhaps just over 300! :)

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  10. Love this!! Made it with Cozy wool, size 8 and 10 needles with 56 stitches, came out awesome. Warm and soft and fits everyone since it has lots of stretch, thank you so much for this beautiful pattern!!

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    1. Oooh... I bet it's beautiful in a larger gauge! Glad to hear it worked out for you :)

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  11. Hey Gretchen!! New knitter here - dukeofpurl on Ravelry. Great hat and my daughter is hounding me to get it done. lol Stuck on Decrease Row5 :( Should be simple you'd think, but you know newbies!!! I'm on a "traveling loop" - i.e. Magic Loop with only one huge loop. At the beginning of round marker, I'm looking at a knit on my LH needle, and a knit on my RH needle. If I slip that LH stitch to the right - I'm pooched!! If I slip the RH stitch to the left, it doesn't look right either. Do you want the 2 knits to be purled and the 2 following purls to be k2tog? or visa versa? :/ Bloody newbie - right?? LOL .... TIA ....

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    1. Well hello there! It sounds like you have everything set up correctly from the previous row, so all you need to do is remove your row marker (I'm assuming you have one?), slip one stitch to your RH needle, and replace your marker. Then you should be set up to continue purling your purl stitches while knitting together the k2tog & ssk from the previous round. Basically all this does is move your hat seam over one stitch. Does that help? Oh, and I'm always happy to answer questions. Then maybe the newbies won't make as many mistakes as I did, starting out!!!

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    2. Duh!! How many times have I slipped a stitch doing a sock heel!! Never looked funky to me then!! Your explanation is _exactly_ what I first did - but for some dumb reason, it didn't look right to me! Maybe not enough coffee early in the AM? Anyway, Thanks A Bunch!! And BTW extra cute kids that you have there! Lucky you - all boys!!! rotfl ....

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    3. It happens to the best of us :) And thanks - yes, all boys, all cute, all noise, all the time. It's going to be a long winter!!!!

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    4. Been there!! Done that!! Raised 2 girls and 2 boys! :/ The boys wrestled and rolled around; then the girls jumped on! And the rumble was on! LOL Teach those boys to knit!! And cook!! They'll kiss your feet when they're adults!! ;)

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    5. It's funny you say that - my husband was just asking me when I'm going to teach the kids to knit! I think I'll start with finger knitting at my older son's kindergarten class and see how it goes...

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    6. Very cool!! Thx again ...

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