Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Lollipop Beanie

Lollipop Beanie

The story behind this hat is mostly just a story about the yarn; I first spotted this perfect color in my local yarn store back in Madison, and, though I wanted to buy it about 1,000,000 times, I never did. Why? Well, because I have a tendency to psych myself out when trying to design with yarns I really love, and I never quite figured out exactly what I'd do with the skein. Then, of course, I moved to Switzerland, where I can no longer buy Malabrigo at my local yarn store, and I finally had to face the facts. I missed the brand, and wanted this exact skein. So I ordered the fiber online just a few weeks ago, and, this time, I knew exactly what I'd do with it as soon as I touched the stuff. Specifically, I decided to make a hat that looks good enough to eat, aka the Lollipop!

Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted (100% Merino Wool; 210 yards [192 meters]/100 grams); #12 Very Berry – one skein

A better look at the cables.
They're lollipop-esque, no?
Needles: one 16" circular needle in size US 8, one 16" circular needle in size US 9, one set of double pointed needles (dpns), also in size 9, and one cable needle (cn)

Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch marker

Gauge: 16 stitches = 4 inches on size US 9 needles in stockinette

So let's make a hat then! Using your size US 8 needles, cast on 80 stitches loosely, place marker, and join in round. Then we'll work the ribbing as follows:

Ribbing Row: * k1, p1; rep from * 

Knit this ribbing row until piece measures roughly 2". Transfer work to your size US 9 circular needle, and then we'll knit one transition row, as follows:

Transition Row: * k1, p1, k1, (k1, p1, k1) in next stitch, k1, p1, k1, kfb * (110 stitches)

Knit this transition row, and then we'll begin the main pattern. To do it, you'll need the following notation:

cable twist (ct): slip next 6 stitches to cn and hold in back; k3; then, slip first 3 stitches from cn back on left-hand needle and move cn to front of work; k3, k3 from cn (and there's a video of this technique right below, if you'd rather watch that instead!)



And once you've gotten that straight, proceed like so: 

Rows 1 & 2: * k9, p2 *

Row 3: * ct, p2, k9, p2 *

Rows 4 - 8: * k9, p2 *

Row 9: * k9, p2, ct, p2 *

Row 10 - 12: * k9, p2 *   

Knit rows 1 - 12 four times and then knit rows 1 - 8 again. Transfer work to your dpns. Then we'll move to the decrease, as follows:

Decrease Row 1: * k9, p2, slip next 6 stitches to cn and hold in back; k3tog; then, slip first 3 stitches from cn back on left-hand needle and move cn to front of work; k3tog, k3tog from cn (80 stitches)

Decrease Row 2: * k2tog * (40 stitches)

Decrease Row 3: * k2tog * (20 stitches)

Decrease Row 4: * k2tog * (10 stitches)  

Knit decrease rows 1 - 4. Clip yarn tail, thread through remaining 10 stitches, and pull tight. Thread to inside of hat and knot. If desired, make pompom and affix to top of hat. Block, if you're in the mood, and pray for cold weather so you can wear it soon! :)

23 comments:

  1. beautiful hat!!

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  2. Fun hat! What a bummer your Swiss LYS doesn't carry Malabrigo. I think I might go into withdrawal if I couldn't go fondle it at the store every once in a while. BTW I really enjoy your blog even if you did ditch us Wisconsinites ;-)

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    1. Well I'm glad to hear you still like my site even though I abandoned the great state of Wisconsin! :) And my LYS is one of the things I miss the most - I had an awesome place about 2 minutes from my house back in Madison. Now the best store I've found is about 1/2 hour away on the tram, and it's good, but it's no WI Craft Market!!!

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  3. Love the hat. I'm making it for my daughter. But a little confused about what to do on the transition row. I dont understand how to increase to 110 sts

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    1. Hi there! Glad you like the hat!!! :) And the increases happen when you (k1, p1, k1) in one stitch - then, of course, one stitch turns into to three!

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  4. I just found your pattern online today. I have never been to Wisconsin or Switzerland. Hope you are enjoying Switzerland. I'm sure it is beautiful. I was born and raised in West Virginia. Then after college I moved to Pennsylvania, about 30 miles south of Lake Erie. I was there for 9 months. Then I was transferred to 50 miles south of Tulsa, Oklahoma. I found a man who I dated for just 3 short months and married him. Yes, it lasted longer than most people thought. It lasted 23 1/2 years before he walked out on me. I would have moved back to West Virginia except my children wanted to stay in Oklahoma and the economy in West Virginia was much, much worse. I do not like the hot, hot summers of Oklahoma. You would think I would because I have fibromyalgia and cold weather makes my muscles ache more. Regardless, I stay in and try to do some crafting of some kind. My 3 year old granddaughter lives with me and me son, her dad. I bought her a bright, hot pink jacket for this winter. I brought home some variegated yarn that hot pink in it. She immediately asked me to make her a hat. So, I must do that. She hasn't seen me knit a hat yet, so she has quite an imagination to come up with that idea. Thank you for the Lollipop Beanie pattern. I'm sorry you have to go so far to fondle new yarn. I'm sure life is an adventure with your little ones - blessings to you and your family.

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    1. Hi there!

      Thanks so much for your comment - I love to hear about people's experience and crafting!!! :) And I've never been to West Virginia or Pennsylvania, but I drove through Oklahoma once (on a road trip from Colorado to Florida and back again). I'm no good in the heat either, but you gotta do what the kids want, most of the time! :)

      Anyway, let me know if you have any questions about the pattern, and enjoy!!! :)

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  5. hello, want to make this gorgeous hat for a friend, but the size needs to be about 24 inches around, how can I increase the size but keep the pattern right please? thanks MTS

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    1. Hi there!

      You can basically work the pattern as written with the following changes: cast on 96 stitches instead of 80 stitches, and then your transition row will give you 132 stitches instead of 110. Then you should be able to work everything the same until the decrease, where the rows will all be the same but you'll have 12 stitches at the end rather than 10. Oh, and as a side note - you may want a 24" circular needle to work the hat on instead of a 16". It's going to get crowded with all of the extra stitches you need for cabling!!!

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    2. Thanks very much Gretchen. Now I'm having trouble with the transition row, because then the stitches do not seem to work right with the pattern, I am not getting the smooth finish across the cables from the start, some are purl rows where I'm sure they should be knit rows, I don't know what I'm doing wrong? thank you MTS

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    3. Hi again!

      So, the transition row should take 8 stitches worked in your (k1, p1) pattern and turn them into 11 stitches - the first 7 of the pre-transition stitches will turn into the 9-stitch cable (so, once you add your stitches, you'll have a knit from the ribbing lining up with the first, third, seventh, and ninth stitches of the cable), and then the last purl will turn into the 2-purl rib between the cables. I don't know if I'm making any sense here, but if you look at the pictures you'll see that the ribbing transitions into the cables not totally seamlessly (because it is a ribbing, not just knit!), but that it still lines up. Is yours not lining up at all? You can always email me a picture at ballstothewallsknits@gmail.com if yours doesn't seem to be lining up like mine does! :)

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  6. The town I live in only has a Hobby Lobby / Joann's where I can buy yarn , any ideas what I could substitute for the yarn in this pattern.
    Thanks

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    1. From looking on the Hobby Lobby website, this might be the best choice: http://www.hobbylobby.com/Yarn-Needle-Art/Yarn/10-Ivory-I-Love-This-Wool!-Naturals/p/37605

      Anything that matches gauge and is at least partially wool (higher percentages are better) should work though!

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  7. Hello Gretchen,

    I love knitting your hats patterns! I wonder what is the size of this hat in inches? Will it need adjustments if the size needed is 21 1/2 inches around? Thank you very much :)

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    1. Hi there! Glad to hear you like my patterns! :) And because this hat is cabled it is very stretchy and good for different sizes - it would definitely work for a head 21 1/2 inches around! :)

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  8. Hey! I adore this pattern, and I'm making it for my beau (in red, not pink lol). Could you post a step by step with pictures for the cable twist? I am a little unsure of exactly how to do it.

    This is the third pattern of yours I've made - my Austrian block and banded cable beanies both turned out beautifully and I'd like to do this one justice as well!

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    1. Hi Victoria!

      How about I make a video? I'll try to post one today sometime. :)

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    2. Okay, video added! Let me know if you have any other questions, and happy knitting. :)

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    3. Thank you so much!!! I thought I was doing it correctly but the confirmation via video was great. Also, just gushed to my boyfriend about you adding the video for me because it made my day (I seriously love your patterns lol)

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    4. Ha! I'm glad to hear it. :) And you definitely caught me on the right day - Friday is my "work from home" day, so I can do the video setup without my two-year-old yelling at me and trying to disassemble the tripod. Don't get me wrong - he's a sweet child, as long as I'm doing exactly what he tells me to. ;)

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  9. On the transition row is it correct on the 4th stitch of pattern you do k1 p1 k1 and in the 8st you knit in the front and back of the stitch?

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