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And Now for the Hats!
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: the Hay Bay Hat
Everyone needs a classic toque, especially one that’s knit in fresh, bright, snowy fair isle. This is a super simple stranded pattern, perfect for the first-time color work knitter. A deep, double fold ribbed brim provides extra warmth around the ears for those frosty days, while a roomy cap prevents hat head. A big fluffy pompom tops the whole thing off. It’s quick, easy and fun to knit and fun to give as a gift as well!
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 Hay Bay 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!
Hay Bay Hat
A simple fair isle toque.
YARN: Patons Classic Wool Worsted (100% Wool; 100g/210 yds) 1 skein MC: #00202 “Aran” 1 skein, CC: #77115 “New Denim” 1 skein
NEEDLES: US 5, 3.75mm circular needle with min. 40” cable (for Magic Loop) and a set of 5 double pointed needles for shaping (opt), or for multi-needle knitting.
TOOLS/NOTIONS: Removable stitch markers, 1 distinctive for BOR, tapestry needle for weaving in ends.
GAUGE: 24 sts and 30 rows = 4”/10 cm in stockinette st after blocking.
FINISHED SIZES: (Hat is designed with 2” negative ease)
XS (S, M, L), 16 (18, 20, 22)” for head circumference 18 (20, 22, 24)”
- Hat is worked in the round upward from the brim and trimmed with a large pompom (opt). Ribbed brim folds double.
TOQUE: With MC, and using the Long Tail or Twisted German cast on, CO 96 (108, 120, 132) sts.[For a video tutorial on either of these cast on methods, CLICK HERE ] Join for working in the round, placing distinctive marker for BOR.
- Continuing with MC, work k3, p3 ribbing for 6”.
- Join CC and work Chart rnds 1 – 40, repeating motif 8 (9, 10, 11) times around.
SHAPING: Place removable stitch markers every 16 (18, 20, 22) sts, then work the following decrease rnd every other rnd 12 times to 24 (36, 48, 60) sts.
- *k to 2 sts before next marker, k2tog* repeat to end of rnd. [6 sts dec]
Work the following decrease rnd 1 (1, 2, 2) times.
- *k2tog* around
Break yarn. Draw through remaining sts and end off.
FINISHING: Weave in ends and wet block to dimensions. After blocking, trim with 3” pompom.
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