The Springtime Slouch
Well, it’s interesting to see how ideas can turn into something completely different! I started this hat using the “bed-jacket stitch” a variation of the stockinette stitch using 2 different size needles. I’m not sure the stitch even shows up very well, although, when the hat is stretched, you can see the difference in size of the stitches. This hat is rather large – it will definitely fit a person with a “larger than usual” (like my Mom) head. It will also be fine for someone with a smaller head, it will just slouch more.
I think that when I make this again, I’ll cast on 76 stitches instead of 88 and make it just a little smaller.
It was so unseasonably warm here this week that I just had to knit with cotton……..this is made with Sugar n’ Cream, but any worsted weight yarn would work fine. An acrylic or a wool blend will add a bit more stretch to the hat and will also make it a bit warmer. Use whatever yarn type will work best for the moment and try variations to see which you like best too!
I think a contrasting flower added to the side would be a nice touch…….I’ll be experimenting.
This is an easy knit, working up quickly. It’s knit flat and seamed up the back. And no, I don’t have a pattern for it in the round yet……..if I play around with it and get one together I will post it as well.
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The Springtime Slouch
Worsted weight yarn (I used one skein of Lily’s Sugar n’ Cream)
Size 7 knitting needles
Size 13 knitting needles
Cast on 88 stitches, using size 7 needles. (Cast on 76 for a snugger fit)
Work in K2, P2 ribbing for one and a half to two inches. K2, P2 across each row.
Work Bed-jacket pattern: (This is easy to do. Just work Row 1 as usual and then switch your right hand needle to a size 13. From then on, just work with the unmatched pair. All odd rows will be worked with the size 7 needle in your right hand, while the even, purl rows will be worked with the size 13 in your right hand.)
Row 1: Using size 7 needles, knit across the row, increasing one stitch so that you are now working with 77 stitches.
Row 2: Switch to size 13 needle and purl across the row.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until the piece is 8 inches long or longer if you want more of a slouch to your hat.
Decrease the crown: Skip Rows 1 and 2 if you began by casting on 76 stitches.
Row 1: *K6, K2tog*; repeat from * to * across row
Row 2: Purl across
Row 3: *K5, K2tog*; repeat from * to * across row
Row 4: Purl across
Row 5: *K4, K2tog*; repeat from * to * across row
Row 6: Purl across
Row 7: *K3, K2tog*; repeat from * to * across row
Row 8: Purl across
Row 9: *K2, K2tog*; repeat from * to * across row
Row 10: Purl across
Row 11: *K1, K2tog*; repeat from * to * across row
Row 12: Purl across
Row 13: K2tog across
Cut working yarn leaving a long tail. Draw yarn through live stitches still on needle and cinch top of hat closed. Sew seam up the back and enjoy. Embellish as you wish.
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