Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Vine Lace Hat

Vine Lace Hat

Sometimes I feel creepy for the amount of time I spend combing Hedwig's new wig (that's my model). Other times, I figure I just feel like the Real Housewives of Atlanta's Kim Zolciak must feel, and think it's high time for me to launch my pop career and have more kids. Wait... where was I going with all this? Oh, right, I treated Hedwig to a new hat this week, and it's a lovely spring-weight design if I do say so myself. Made with an exceedingly simple but pretty lace pattern and a gathered, slouchy top, this hat would look good on just about anyone. Especially if that someone has a spray tan and a wig...

Sizes: adult small (adult medium/large)

Yarn: Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Sport (100% Superwash Merino Wool; 136 yards [125 meters]/50 grams); #220 Spring Green - two skeins (both sizes)

A closer look at the lace.
Needles: One 16" circular needle in size US 5, one 16" circular needle in size US 6, and one set of double pointed needles (dpn), also in size US 6

Notions: Tapestry needle, 3 stitch markers

Gauge: 22 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette on size US 6 needles

Which brings us to the hat! To begin, then, using your size US 5 circular needle, cast on 112 (120) stitches loosely, place marker, and join in round. Then we'll work some ribbing, as follows:

Ribbing Row: * k1, p1; rep from *


Knit this ribbing row until piece measures roughly 2" (both sizes). Transfer work to your size US 6 circular needle. Then, we'll knit one marker placement row, as follows. Instructions for the larger size follow those for the smaller size in parentheses.

Marker Placement Row: k40, place marker, k31, place marker, knit until end of row (k44, place marker, k31, place marker, knit until end of row)

Knit this row, and then we'll begin to incorporate our pattern, which is Vine Lace from page 218 of Barbara G. Walker's A Treasury of Knitting Patterns. Anyway, we'll continue like so. Notice that the instructions are the same for both sizes.

Row 1: knit until you reach first marker, slip marker, k3, (yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1) three times, k1, slip marker, knit until end of round

Row 2: knit, slipping extra markers when you reach them

Row 3: knit until you reach first marker, slip marker, k2, (yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1) three times, k2, slip marker, knit until end of round

Row 4: knit, slipping extra markers when you reach them

Knit rows 1 - 4 until hat measures roughly 9" (10") and you've just knit row 1 or row 3 of the pattern. Knit one more row around, removing extra markers as you do so. Then, transfer work to your dpns, and we'll execute the decrease, as follows:

Decrease Row 1: * k2tog; rep from * (56 (60) stitches remaining)

Decrease Row 2: * k2tog * (28 (30) stitches remaining)

Decrease Row 3: * k2tog * (14 (15) stitches remaining)

Clip yarn tail, thread through final 14 (15) stitches, and pull tight. Thread to inside of hat and knot; tuck in ends.

46 comments:

  1. Hi Gretchen, what a wonderful hat! ♥ I just love this color at the moment and the style is really pretty with this nice lace pattern. Thanks for sharing & have a wonderful day! Sunny greetings from your new follower (by Inoreader)
    Nata

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    1. Hi Nata! Glad you like it! And I keep buying this color too... :)

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  2. OMG! Loving this hat. This will be my next project.

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    1. Glad to hear it! Let me know if you have any questions!!! :)

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  3. been looking for a slouchy hat pattern for my son's new girlfriend and I think this will do the trick. THanks so much!

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    1. Glad you're happy with the pattern! I hope it turns out beautifully! :)

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  4. wondering.... Row 2 & 4 are supposed to be worked in a "knit" stitch? Wouldn't it be worked in a purl stitch? Did I miss something?

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    1. I believe that it would be knit since you are knitting on circular needles.

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    2. Yes, that's right - since this hat is worked in the round rather than back and forth you have no wrong-side rows, so rows 2 & 4 are, indeed, knit. Let me know if you have any other questions! :)

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  5. Wonderful color and easy beautiful pattern, thanks !

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  6. This is a beautiful hat. I will make it as soon as I finish the project I am working on at the moment. Thanks for sharing.
    Rita

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    1. Hi Rita!

      So glad you like the hat! :) Let me know if you have any questions!!!

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  7. I just finished this hat for my daughter and I love it! The pattern is simple and easy! It's my new favorite pattern ! I posted a picture of my completed Hat to my knitting forum and people have asked for the pattern, but I need your approval.
    Thank you!!!

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    1. Hi! I'm so glad you like the pattern! :) And I'm not sure if this is what you're asking, but of course you can post a link to the pattern (and please, let me know if I've misunderstood, and that's not what you mean)!!!

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  8. Hi Gretchen,
    This hat looks gorgeous, but I am unsure what size I'll be making it in. Do you have an idea of what range of head circumferences each size will fit that you could share with us?

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    1. Hi there!

      I would go ahead and make the smaller size for a head up to 22.5-ish inches and the larger size for a bigger one! Let me know if you have any other questions. :)

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  9. I have made 2 hats with this pattern. On my 3rd! Have gotten so many compliments! I've shared the link to this pattern many times! 😄

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  10. Very nice pattern and it's flying off of my needles. Thanks, Gretchen for another lovely pattern.

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    1. Wonderful! Glad to hear it's knitting up so well!!! :)

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  11. Hi! Something went wrong with my knitting…
    (yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1) = 11 stitches
    (yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1) three times = 33 stitches
    33 + 3 + 1= 37 stitches
    But between the markers there are only 31! Did I got it wrong?

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    1. Hi Katya!

      I understand your temptation to count each ssk and k2tog as 2 stitches, since they're made from 2. However, since they turn 2 stitches into 1 you should count them that way. Therefore (yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1) = 9 stitches, etc., and the math lines up. Let me know if you have any other questions! :)

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    2. This still doesn't work. In order to make this work you need 11 stiches. The was you count would work, but there are not enough stiches to complete the first pattern row, counting all stiches include the yo stich = 11.

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    3. You reply is perfect for counting, but no mater how I count I am 2 stiches short when knitting the vine pattern. I have been knitting for over 50 years and your explanation doesn't help. If you doe count the k2tog as one, you have to count the yo has 1. ???

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    4. Is it possible that you're including extra stitches in your repeat? You have 31 stitches to work with between the markers and these instructions: k3, (yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1) three times, k1

      Therefore, you should work the k3 once, then the (yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1) three times. Since the (yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1) adds two stitches (the yos) and subtracts 2 stitches (the ssk and k2tog), you should begin and end with 9 stitches on each repeat. Counting the three times you work this section, and the initial k3, you should be at 3 + 9 * 3 = 30 stitches when you're 1 stitch from the end of the middle section. Then you complete the final k1.

      If this isn't working out for you, I suggest placing additional markers; one 3 stitches from the first middle marker, then another one 9 stitches away, a third 9 stitches from that one, and a fourth 9 stitches from the previous (that one will also be 1 stitch from the other middle marker). That way, if you're having problems with one of the repeat sections, you should be able to go back and examine your stitches and see where it is. :)

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  12. Beautiful hat and love the color, right now I am finishing up a pair of socks but this is my next project for sure. Thank you-nanad

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    1. Hi Nanad!

      Glad you like it. :) And please, let me know if you have any questions!!!

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  13. Just came across this pattern and I love it. Your supporting photos are wonderful, too. They really show what this should look like when done. Spot on!

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    1. Glad you like it! :) And please, let me know if you have any questions!!!

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    1. Wonderful! Let me know if you have any questions!!! :)

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  15. As always, another awesome knit! Thank you for sharing your unique pattern just found my next project.

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    1. Yay! Glad you like it. And let me know if you have any questions!!! :)

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  16. I am having a problem with the lace. What does ssk mean

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    1. Hi there!

      Ssk is a left-leaning, two-to-one decrease. Here's a link with more information: https://www.thespruce.com/slip-knit-ssk-2116155

      Also, in general if you have questions about my terminology you can find answers here: http://www.ballstothewallsknits.com/p/glossary-of-knitting-terms.html

      Let me know if you have any other questions! :)

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  17. I am still confused on the math. 9x3=27, not 31. Where am I going wrong?

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    1. Hi! If you're speaking of the pattern repeat, you're right that it's 9 but there are 4 more stitches as well. And (9*3) + 4 does equal 31. :)

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  18. Hi Gretchen,

    Just found your site and love your patterns. I'm a new knitter and haven't graduated to circular needles yet. They're sort of intimidating right now. Is there an easy way to do this on straight needles?

    Thanks!

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    1. Hi there!

      Yes, this is a hat that you can convert to straight needles (and I can help you with that in a few days as well). Even as a new knitter, though, I encourage you to give circular knitting a try! It's easier in a lot of ways (no wrong side rows) and really expands your repertoire! :)

      Anyway, like I said, give me a few days and I'll post a modified pattern here for you.

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    2. Okay, here's a converted pattern. :) As always when I do these, I haven't knit this, so let me know if there are any issues!

      Gauge: 22 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette on size US 6 needles

      Which brings us to the hat! To begin, then, using your size US 5 needles, cast on 114 (122) stitches loosely. Then we'll work some ribbing, as follows:

      Ribbing Row 1 (wrong side): p1, * k1, p1; rep from * until you have one stitch left, p1

      Ribbing Row 2: k1, * p1, k1; rep from * until you have 1 stitch left, k1

      Knit this ribbing row until piece measures roughly 2" and you've just finished a right side row (both sizes). Transfer work to your size US 6 needles. Then, we'll knit one marker placement row, as follows. Instructions for the larger size follow those for the smaller size in parentheses.

      Marker Placement Row (wrong side): p41, place marker, p31, place marker, purl until end of row (p45, place marker, p31, place marker, purl until end of row)

      Complete this row, and then we'll begin to incorporate our pattern. Notice that the instructions are the same for both sizes.

      Row 1 (right side): knit until you reach first marker, slip marker, k3, (yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1) three times, k1, slip marker, knit until end of round

      Row 2: purl, slipping extra markers when you reach them

      Row 3: knit until you reach first marker, slip marker, k2, (yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1) three times, k2, slip marker, knit until end of round

      Row 4: purl, slipping extra markers when you reach them

      Knit rows 1 - 4 until hat measures roughly 9" (10") and you've just knit row 1 or row 3 of the pattern. Purl one more row, removing extra markers as you do so. Then we'll execute the decrease, as follows:

      Decrease Row 1 (right side): k1, * k2tog; rep from * until you have 1 stitch remaining, k1 (58 (62) stitches remaining)

      Decrease Row 2: p1, * p2tog * until you have 1 stitch remaining, p1 (30 (32) stitches remaining)

      Decrease Row 3: k1, * k2tog * until you have 1 stitch remaining, k1 (16 (17) stitches remaining)

      Clip yarn tail and, using tapestry needle, thread remaining stitches onto a piece of scrap yarn to hold for later. Seam from bottom edge of hat, pulling seaming yarn through the final stitches at the top of the hat when you reach them. Thread to inside of hat and knot; tuck in ends.

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    1. Hi there! It just helps you keep track of the pattern portion in the middle. If you don't need them you of course can leave them out! :)

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  20. I would love to make this as a mother and child .. Can you offer some suggestions on how to downsize this. The child is a young toddler not quite 2.

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    1. Hello there!

      I would cast on 96 stitches, and you could even use a size US 4 needle for the ribbing (though you don't have to). Then do the marker placement row like so:

      Marker Placement Row: k32, place marker, k31, place marker, knit until end of row.

      Then knit in pattern until the hat is about 5.5" (a bit longer if you want it slouchy), and bind off as directed! :)

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