Thursday, November 16, 2017

Ramble On Beanie

Ramble On Beanie
Ramble On Beanie
Pictured in size Adult Medium

Recently, I had the tremendous good fortune of attending the Loch Ness Knit Fest, where I both drank some truly horrendous coffee AND bought this truly spectacular yarn (you can imagine which one was more exciting...). And, like so many beautiful yarns, I determined that this skein needed a pretty but basic pattern that would show off its gorgeous variegation without too much extra fuss. Therefore I came up with the Ramble On Beanie, an excellent, unisex design that you can whip up in an afternoon!

Sizes: Toddler (Child; Teen/Adult Small; Adult Medium; Adult Large)

Yarn: Cookston Crafts Chunky Baby Alpaca (100% Baby Alpaca; 109 yards [100 meters]/100 grams); Multicolored Pastels (that's what I'm calling it since the color is unnamed!) - one skein (one skein; one skein; one - two skeins; two skeins)

Ramble On Beanie
Another look at the finish
Needles: One 16" circular needle in size US 10.5, and one set of double pointed needles (dpns), also in size US 10.5

Notions: tapestry needle, one stitch marker

Gauge: 12 stitches = 4 inches on size US 11 needles

So let's make a hat! Using your size US 10.5 circular needle, then, cast on 52 (56; 60; 64; 68) stitches loosely, place marker, and join in round. Then we'll work a ribbing as follows:

Ribbing Row: * k1, p1; rep from *

Knit this ribbing row until ribbing measures roughly 2" (2.5"; 3"; 3"; 4"). Then we'll move right to the main pattern, which is a variation of Rambler Pattern from page 122 of Barbara G. Walker's A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns, except adapted for the round. And it goes like so. Notice that the pattern diverges into two groups for the rest of the instructions; make sure you're following the correct instructions for your size!

Rows 1, 3, & 5: * p1, k1 *

Rows 2, 4, & 6: * p1, knit next stitch in row below *

Rows 7, 9, & 11: * k1, p1 *

Rows 8, 10, & 12: * knit next stitch in row below, p1 *

If you're making the Toddler, the Child, or the Teen/Adult Small size, knit rows 1 - 12 twice. Then we'll work the following transition row:

Transition Row: * p1, k1 through back loop *

Work this transition row twice. Transfer work to your dpns, and we'll complete the decrease, as follows:

Decrease Row 1: * k2tog * (26 stitches [28 stitches; 30 stitches; --; --])

Decrease Row 2: * k2tog * (13 stitches [14 stitches; 15 stitches; --; --])

Decrease Row 3 (for sizes Toddler and Teen/Adult Small): k1, * k2tog * (7 stitches [--; 8 stitches; --; --])

Decrease Row 3 (for size Child): * k2tog * (-- [7 stitches; --; --; --])

Clip yarn tail, thread through remaining 7 (7; 8; --; --) stitches, pull tight, and thread to inside of hat. Knot. Tuck in ends and, if desired, block.

If you're making the Adult Medium or the Adult Large size, knit rows 1 - 12 twice and then knit rows 1 - 7 again. Then we'll work the following transition row:

Transition Row: * k1 through back loop, p1 *

Work this transition row 3 times. Transfer work to your dpns, and then we'll complete the decrease, as follows:

Decrease Row 1: * ssk * (-- [--; --; 32 stitches; 34 stitches])

Decrease Row 2: * ssk * (-- [--; --; 16 stitches; 17 stitches])

Decrease Row 3 (for size Adult Medium): * ssk * (-- [--; --; 8 stitches; --])

Decrease Row 3 (for size Adult Large): k1, * ssk * (-- [--; --; --; 9 stitches])

Clip yarn tail, thread through remaining -- (--; --; 8; 9) stitches, pull tight, and thread to inside of hat. Knot. Tuck in ends and, if desired, block.

Ramble On Beanie
Ramble On Beanie
Ramble On Beanie
Ramble On Beanie
Ramble On Beanie
Ramble On Beanie

7 comments:

  1. great pattern for this yarn! love having a pattern I can whip up on an afternoon. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you! I tried a few other designs first but definitely liked this yarn/pattern pairing best. And I'm glad you like it!!! :)

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  2. What pattern size did you use for the model?

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    1. Thanks. Im sorry -- Im a new knitter, and a little confused by the third direction: * p1, knit next stitch in row below *
      Can you clarify that last part? Im sorry -- I really want to make this pretty hat but know I will get stuck on that part! :(

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    2. No worries, here's a link to some information. Let me know if you have any other questions!!! :)

      https://www.purlsoho.com/create/working-into-the-stitch-below/

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