ETA#2: Apparently I can't count! I've updated the gauge info below.
ETA: Pattern is now available as a PDF Ravelry download, too.
The Bears are already playing pre-season football games, and there was a cold bite to the air at North Avenue Beach the other night. Time to start knitting hats!
I designed this hat as a holiday gift for my dear friend Suzy last winter. I was inspired by the lace pattern that Melissa (AKA Indigo Mouse
) used on the cuffs of her lovely Queen of Diamonds Fingerless Gloves
, too). Many thanks to Suzy for modeling!
Windy City Hat
Fits the average woman’s head. Add or subtract stitches in 8 stitch increments and adjust decrease rounds as needed.
- Soft worsted weight wool or wool blend, approx. 110 yds. Suggested yarns: Knit Picks Andean Silk, The Plucky Knitter’s Merino Worsted, Cascade 220. The first time I made this hat with Andean Silk, I had to break into the second ball. The second time I got by with just one ball. So be on the safe side and buy two – you can always make a pair of Fetching or another hat with the extra.
- US 7 circular needles (16”) and DPNs or size needed for gauge
- Tapestry needle
19 sts = 4"
Be sure to check your gauge. I’m a loose knitter – I actually used US 6 needles. You may even need to use US 8.
The Plucky Knitter’s Worsted Merino (single ply) in “Cheeky”
Cast on 80 stitches using either the cable cast-on or long-tail cast-on. Place marker and join to knit in the round.
Rows 1 – 4: work in k2, p2 ribbing
Rows 5 – 8: k all stitches
Row 9: (ssk, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, k2tog, k1)
Row 10: k all stitches
Row 11: (ssk, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, k2tog, k1)
Row 12: k all stitches
Row 13: (yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k1)
Row 14: k all stitches
Row 15: (k1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k2)
Row 16: k all stitches
Row 17: (k2, yo, sl2tog-k1-psso, yo, k3)
Row 18: k all stitches
Rows 19 – 28: repeat rows 9 – 18
Rows 29 – 42: k all stitches
*If you like having a longer hat that fully covers your ears, work a few more rows in stockinette*
Switch to DPNs when it becomes too difficult to work on circular needles.
Row 43: (k8, k2tog)
Row 44: (k7, k2tog)
Row 45: (k6, k2tog)
Row 46: (k5, k2tog)
Row 47: (k4, k2tog)
Row 48: (k3, k2tog)
Row 49: (k2, k2tog)
Row 50: (k1, k2tog)
Row 51: k all stitches
Break yarn, leaving a 10" tail. Using a tapestry needle, thread the tail through the remaining loops on the needle and pull tightly until the hat top is closed. Weave in ends.
Pattern & images © Jodi Haraldson, 2008.
Pattern for personal and charity use only.
Knit Picks Andean Silk in “Cranberry”