|Oops I Did It Again Beanie|
So here's the thing. I had the inspiration for the texture of this hat very organically - proof lies in the picture below - when I was walking near my sons' new school. I was even more excited when I realized that I had actually brought a perfect yarn for the job with me from Wisconsin. So I cast on, got working, and then about halfway through realized that it's basically the same pattern I used in the Belt Welt Hat, except in miniature. Oops. On the plus side, the Oops I Did It Again Beanie is a great study in how yarn weight affects texture, and is also a nice unisex design. So... that's something, right?
Yarn: Three Irish Girls Yarn Inc. Springvale DK (100% Superwash Merino; 270 yards [245 meters]/4 ounces); Tête de fromage - one skein
|The pattern. As you can see from the rolled-back brim,|
it's pretty on the wrong side as well!
Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch marker
Gauge: 24 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette
So let's make a hat! Using your circular needles, then, cast on 128 stitches loosely, place marker, and join in round. Oh, and here's an inspirational picture for you in case you're already tired. See how pretty the texture is?
|Yes, I photoshopped the colors in the picture.|
But just a little!
And now that we're all feeling refreshed, we'll continue like so:
Rows 1 and 2: k1, p2, k1
Rows 3 and 4: knit
Knit rows 1 - 4 until piece measures roughly 9" and you've just finished row 3 of the pattern. Then we'll begin our decreases, as follows:
Decrease Row 1: * ssk, k12, k2tog * (112 stitches)
Decrease Row 2: * k1, p1, (k2, p2) twice, k2, p1, k1 *
Decrease Row 3: * ssk, (k2, p2) twice, k2, k2tog * (96 stitches)
Decrease Row 4: knit
You may want to switch to your dpns about now....
Decrease Row 5: * ssk, k8, k2tog * (80 stitches)
Decrease Row 6: * (k2, p2) twice, k2 *
Decrease Row 7: * ssk, p2, k2, p2, k2tog * (64 stitches)
Decrease Row 8: knit
Decrease Row 9: * ssk, k4, k2tog * (48 stitches)
Decrease Row 10: * k1, p1, k2, p1, k1 *
Decrease Row 11: * ssk, k2, k2tog * (32 stitches)
Decrease Row 12: knit
Decrease Row 13: * ssk, k2tog * (16 stitches)
Decrease Row 14: * k2tog * (8 stitches)
Knit decrease rows 1 - 14. Clip yarn tail, thread through remaining 8 stitches, and pull tight. Thread to inside of hat and knot. Make pompom, if you'd like, and affix to top of hat. Tuck in ends and block.