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




4 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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