Welcome back to “Free Pattern Friday”, a fresh new free pattern every week! You’ll find today’s pattern at the very bottom of this page. These patterns are available FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME to use on your tablet or smart phone, or print from this location. Please note that these are off-site patterns and will not appear in your Ravelry library. This pattern will be free for one week, after which you’ll find it on Ravelry for a small fee. Please see the FAQ tab above if you have trouble printing. If you prefer a downloadable copy, I suggest using Printfriendly.com. For pattern support, please email me at email@example.com for fastest results. Please do not leave knitting or computer questions in the comments section.
As many of you know, I 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. Today’s pattern is the second matching hat 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: Mercury Hat
I love a slouchy hat, slightly oversized, that generously covers my ears, especially if the brim is deep and worked in thick, spongy garter stitch. It’s guaranteed to provide extra warmth and is extra pretty when paired with a simple flowing lace motif of V’s and eyelets etched with garter stitch. Soft, worsted weight yarn makes the Mercury Hat the perfect last minute gift; it knits up in no time. If you have an extra minute, make the matching mittens, too!
Today’s Little Treat
I’m a huge fan of the Little Bobbins Podcast 🙂 I feel like Dani and Bobbin are my personal friends and I love visiting with them across the pond every time a new episode becomes available. For the third year running, Dani is hosting the annual Christmas Eve Cast On (here’s a link to the Little Bobbins Ravelry group):
I am so excited about the Christmas Eve cast on this year. It’s our third year doing this and I can’t wait to see what lovely yarns, bags and patterns you have chosen. Lets share our plans, knits and snippets of our christmas here and remember to use the hashtag #lbkchristmasevesocks2016 on instagram so we can find each other. Thank you so much for joining in, it makes my Christmas <3
Many of the participants will be casting on socks, so I’d like to offer a BOGO on sock patterns right through Christmas Day. Hopefully, this will make it a little easier to join in Dani’s Christmas Eve Cast On 🙂 Here are a few of the available sock patterns…just head over to my Ravelry shop, choose your patterns, and enter the coupon code BOBBIN at check out.
And now, without further ado, here’s this week’s pattern, the Mercury Hat. 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!
A slouchy hat with garter and lace
YARN: Patons Classic Wool Worsted (100% Wool; 100g/210 yds) 1 skein “Mercury” #77044
NEEDLES: US 4, 3.50mm for brim, US 8, 5.00mm for hat and crown
- Circular needle with min. 40” cable (for Magic Loop)
- 5 double-pointed needles (for shaping or for multiple-needle technique)
TOOLS/NOTIONS: Removable stitch markers, 1 distinctive for BOR, tapestry needle for weaving in ends.
GAUGE: 24 sts and 40 rows = 4”/10 cm in garter st after blocking.
FINISHED SIZES: S (M, L), 18 (20, 22) for head circumference 20 (22, 24)”(Hat is designed with 2” negative ease)
- Hat is worked in the round upward from the brim.
With smaller needle, and using the Twisted German cast on, CO 108 (120, 132) sts. [For a video tutorial on the Twisted German cast on, CLICK HERE ] Join for working in the round, placing distinctive marker for BOR.
Work 2-1/2″ in garter st (alternating knit and purl rounds) ending with a purl round.
For Sizes Small & Large only: On last round, work the following increase rnd:
- *p18, purl into the front and back of the next stitch* around
Using larger needles, begin working Chart, red bordered area for size Small, green bordered area for size Medium, red bordered area for size Large. Work through Chart 5 times in total.
Place removable markers in the 12th st of each Chart repeat, then work the following decrease rounds:
- K to 1 st before marker, CDD (sl 1 knit-wise, k2tog, psso), *k to next marker, CDD* repeat for each marker, k to end of rnd. (12 sts dec)
- K one rnd even
Repeat last 2 rnds 7 (7, 8) times to 30 (36, 36) sts remaining, then k2tog around to 15 (18, 18) sts remaining. Break yarn and thread through remaining sts. Draw up snugly. End off.
FINISHING: Weave in ends. Wet block to dimensions.
CLICK HERE for Standard Abbreviations
**Please direct pattern and knitting questions to firstname.lastname@example.org for fastest results. Please do not post knitting questions in the blog comments. Thanks!