Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Spring Shadows Hat

Spring Shadows Hat

Well, what can I say about this hat? First and foremost, I guess, Malabrigo still makes a damn fine yarn. And with that out of the way, I should also mention that this hat has more openwork than it might initially appear - basically, all of the stuff between the braids is mesh. So it's a great change-of-seasons number, if I do say so myself.

Yarn: Malabrigo Mecha (100% Merino Superwash Wool ; 130 yards [120 meters]/100 grams); #875 Arapey - one skein

A braid, and some nice mesh.
In short, a lovely spring hat!
Needles: One 16" circular needle in size US 9, one 16" circular needle in size US 10.5, one set of double pointed needles (dpns), also in size US 10.5, and a cable needle (cn), or dpn for cabling

Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch marker

Gauge: 12 stitches = 4 inches on size 10.5 needles

So let's make a hat! First, then, using your size 9 needle, cast on 65 stitches loosely, place marker, and join in round. Then we'll knit some edging rows, as follows:

Edging Row: * (p1, k1) four times, p1, k2, p1, k1; rep from *

Knit this edging row until piece measures just over 1". Then we'll knit the following transition row:

Transition Row: * p1, k1, p1, kfb, (p1, k1) twice, p1, k2, p1, k1 * (70 stitches)

Once you've knit this row, switch to your size US 10.5 circular needle. Then, we'll begin the main pattern, as follows:

Row 1: * p1, (yo, k2tog) three times, p1, k6 *

Row 2: * p1, (p2tog, yo) three times, p1, k6 *


Row 3: * p1, (yo, k2tog) three times, p1, slip next 2 stitches to cn and hold in back, k2, k2 from cn, k2 *

Row 4: * p1, (p2tog, yo) three times, p1, k6 *

Row 5: * p1, (yo, k2tog) three times, p1, k6 *

Row 6: * p1, (p2tog, yo) three times, p1, k2, slip 2 stitches to cn and hold in front, k2, k2 from cn *

Knit rows 1 - 6 five times (or more, if you want a slouchier hat), and then we'll begin the decreases. So let's continue like so:

Decrease Row 1: * p2tog, p1, yo, k2tog, p1, p2tog, k6 * (60 stitches)

Decrease Row 2: * p2, p2tog, yo, p2, k6 *

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

Decrease Row 3: * p2tog, yo, k2tog, p2tog, slip next 2 stitches to cn and hold in back, k2, k2 from cn, k2 * (50 stitches)

Decrease Row 4: * p1, p2tog, yo, p1, k6 *

Decrease Row 5: * (p2tog) twice, k6 * (40 stitches) 

Decrease Row 6: * p2, k2, slip 2 stitches to cn and hold in front, k2, k2 from cn *

Decrease Row 7: * p2tog, k6 * (35 stitches)

Decrease Row 8: * p1, ssk, (k2tog) twice * (20 stitches)

Decrease Row 9: * p1, slip 1 stitch cn and hold in back, k1, k1 from cn, k1 *

Decrease Row 10: * p1, slip 2 stitches together knitwise-k1-p2sso * (10 stitches)

Knit decrease rows 1 - 10. Clip yarn tail and, using your tapestry needle, thread it through final 10 stitches. Pull tight, thread to inside of hat, and knot. Tuck in ends.






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