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And Now for the Hats!
As many of you know, I’ve spent the month of November designing toasty mittens, hoping to provide some quick projects to help with your Christmas knitting. Each mitten design has featured a different knitting skill; stranded color work, cables, lace and mosaic. Starting today, I’ll be releasing the matching hat patterns to help you knit your way right through the holidays 😉 As with the mittens, all of the hat patterns use worsted weight yarn; I’ve chosen a Canadian staple, Patons Classic Wool Worsted, a 100% wool yarn that is surprisingly soft and lofty with a pretty twist. This project is sponsored by my friends at YarnCanada.ca, a great source for all of those much loved work-horse yarns. Shipping is quick and free on orders of $35 or more. And if you’re shopping from the US, your dollars will go much further 😉
Today’s Pattern: Fresh Snow Hat
There is something so elegant about classic aran knitting. Strong, raised lines criss-cross to create surface movement while deep textures, like timeless moss stitch, add warmth and richness. Today’s pattern, the Fresh Snow Hat, presents a clean and striking diamond and moss cable accented with whimsical bobbles to create a bold motif. What a beautiful gift set this is when worked alongside the matching mittens! This hat is worked upward from the brim and finishes with an applied I-cord edge. Shaping is worked cleverly into the cable background lending a smooth, seamless look to the classic ‘tam’ styling. This pattern is written for Small, Medium and Large and assumes 1-1/2″ negative ease for a trim fit. Cable stitches are presented in charted form.
Today’s Little Treat
Have you missed any of the shawl, cowl or wrap patterns? You know, these make great last-minute knitted gift too! This week, I’d like to give you a free shawl, cowl or wrap pattern when you purchase one! Head over to my Ravelry shop, pick out a couple of patterns and use the coupon code WRAPPED at checkout 😉
And now, without further ado, here’s this week’s pattern, the Fresh Snow Hat. Thanks so much, Christine, for knitting this beautiful sample! I’ve started a Free Pattern Friday Ravelry group where you can post your comments, chat, feedback, modifications and suggestions. I hope to see you there. Happy Knitting!
Fresh Snow Hat
A classic tam with cables.
YARN: Patons Classic Wool Worsted (100% Wool; 100g/210 yds) 1 skein “Aran” #00202
NEEDLES: Us 6, 4.00mm
- Circular needle with min. 40” cable (for Magic Loop)
- 5 double-pointed needles (for shaping and edging, or for multiple-needle technique)
TOOLS/NOTIONS: Removable stitch markers, 1 distinctive for BOR, tapestry needle for weaving in ends.
GAUGE: 22 sts and 32 rows = 4”/10 cm in stockinette st after blocking.
FINISHED SIZES: (Hat is designed with 1-1/2” negative ease) S (M, L) for head circumference 20 (22, 24-3/4)”
- Hat is worked in the round upward from the brim. I-cord edging is picked up and added after hat is complete.
M1L: Make 1 left-leaning stitch by picking up running strand between sts from front to back; knit through the back loop.
M1R: Make 2 right-leaning stitch by picking up running strand between sts from back to front; knit through the front loop.
With circular needles, and using the Long Tail or Twisted German cast on, CO 102 (114, 126) sts. [For a video tutorial on Long Tail and Twisted German cast on, CLICK HERE ] Join for working in the round, placing distinctive marker for BOR.
Divide sts into 6 sections by placing removable markers every 17 (19, 21) sts.
Work chart rows 1 – 53 (55, 57), following RED border for size small, GREEN border for size medium and PINK border for size large, until 6 sts remain in rnd.
Next rnd: K2tog, k 2, k2tog.
Over remaining stitches, work 5 rows in I-cord as follows:
- * DO NOT TURN your work, rather, slide the stitches to the other end of a double-pointed needle.
- Drawing the working yarn snugly across the back of the work, knit the stitches. *
- Repeat from * to * until cord reaches desired length.
Bind off. End off.
APPLIED I-CORD EDGING:
With dpn’s, CO 4 sts.
* Slide sts to the other end of the needle, as for I-cord. Working yarn should be flowing from the left end of the newly cast on sts and across the back of the work. Drawing the working yarn snugly across the back of the work: *k3, slip the next st (as if to purl), pick up and k1 from hat edge, psso.* Repeat from * until all sts have been consumed. Carefully stitch I-cord edges together.
FINISHING: Weave in ends. Wet block to dimensions.
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