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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Introducing Jury Duty Caps!

Well, my two weeks of jury service are finished.  I only had to report for 4 morning sessions and I managed to complete 5 hats and finish 4 new patterns while at the courthouse.  Thank goodness Delaware allows plastic knitting needles at jury duty!

Jurisprudence was published last week and has been a big hit.  I'm glad so many of you liked it.  I named the other three hats Civic Duty, Justice and Liberty to keep with the legislative theme! I am putting the pattern for Civic Duty here for free and I have put together a new e-book with all 4 Jury Duty Caps in it that is selling for only $2.00.  I hope that you will purchase it and help support Delaware Head Huggers.  And if not, I hope that at least you will get some enjoyment out of the two free patterns designed by Schnapps for me to knit while away from home.

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You can purchase the e-book at my Ravelry or my Craftsy Stores which can be accessed by the links to the right on this page.  A direct link to purchase Jury Duty Caps is here.

All four patterns have instructions for sport, worsted, chunky and super-bulky weight yarn as well as details for adjusting the size for children and adults.  These are all simple patterns that can be completed in two hours or less if using chunky or super bulky yarn, a little longer if using lighter yarn.

Here are pictures of all four hats.

Civic Duty - pattern below!



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Civic Duty
You will need:  Super bulky, 6-weight yarn and size US 13 circular knitting needles or some combination of needles and yarn listed below.

C2B: knit 2nd stitch through the back loop without dropping from LH needle, then knit first stitch as normal and drop both stitches from the LH needle.

C2F: knit 2nd stitch without dropping from LH needle, then knit first stitch and drop both stitches from the LH needle.

k2tog:   knit 2 stitches together as one.

Cast on 48 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until your piece is about 3.5 to 4 inches in length

Work Pattern:
Row 1: *C2B, C2F*; repeat around
Rows 2:  knit all stitches
Repeat Rows 1 - 2 until piece is 6 inches in length.

Work Crown:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece measures 7 to 7.5 inches in length

Decrease Crown:
Row 1: *k6, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 2: *k5, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *k4, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4: *k3, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 5: *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 6: *k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 7:  *k2tog*; repeat around

Finish: Cut working yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail.  Draw the tail through the remaining stitches, cinch closed and secure.  Weave in ends and give this hat as a hug to someone!

The pattern is worked over 4 stitches.  To maintain the crown decreases, adapt in multiples of 8

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 72 stitches. 

To knit this using worsted weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 96 stitches. 

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 8 needles and cast on 64 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 8 stitches for individual sizes.

To knit this using sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 120 stitches. 

If using a different weight, you might have to add more rows to the crown decrease.  Feel free to use dpns if you prefer!

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