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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Introducing Flirty Sherbert!

 Well, Spring Fever must officially be here, even though we had snow flurries today.  Schnapps made this ruffled hat and even modeled it!  Thank you to Ann for suggesting that Sherbert be part of the name and Elissa for suggesting Flirty be part too!! 

It's too frilly for me to wear, but Schnapps was a good sport and tried it on!

I used worsted weight yarn and size 8 straight needles and size 9 circulars for this, but you could certainly use all one size needle.  The pattern has various combinations of needles and yarn weight for adult and child sizes.  The most important thing with this pattern is to start your ruffles with four times the number of stitches you will need for your hat.

The ruffles are knit on straight needles and then joined in the round.  If you wanted to continue to knit this hat flat, you could just knit stockinette by knitting the even rows and purling the odd rows instead of joining in the round.  

The color possibilities are endless!  I used a pink for Ruffle 2 and a novelty yarn for Ruffle 1 and then a lavender for the body.  You could do this all in one color or use any combination of one, two or three colors.  Have fun with it and experiment.  I have included the instructions for other yarn weights too.  Remember you MUST start your ruffles with four times the number of stitches that you need for your hat.  It's important!

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Flirty Sherbert

You will need 3 size 8 straight needles for the ruffles and a size 9 circular needle for the hat body and worsted weight yarn in 3 colors.

p2tog:  purl 2 stitches together as one
k2tog:   knit 2 stitches together as one

Make Ruffles:  You need 3 size 8 straight needles

Ruffle 1: 
Cast on 280 stitches
Row 1:  *k2, then pass the first stitch over the second and off the right hand needle*; repeat across
Row 2:  *p2tog*; repeat across
Row 3:  knit all stitches
Row 4:  purl all stitches
Set Needle Aside

Ruffle 2: 
work the same as Ruffle 1, but repeat Rows 3 and 4 three times for a total of 10 rows.

Join Ruffles:  Place Ruffle 1 over Ruffle 2 and use your size 9 circular needles to join the 2 rows of stitches that are on the 2 needles together. 

Place a marker and taking care not to twist stitches, join in the round.

Work Hat:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 7 to 7.5  inches in length.

Decrease Crown:  switch to dpns when needed

Row 1: *k8, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 2: *k7, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *k6, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4: *k5, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 5: *k4, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 6: *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 7:  *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 8:  *k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 9: *k2tog*; repeat around

Finish: Cut working yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail.  Draw the tail through the remaining stitches, cinch closed and secure. 

Stitch the sides of the ruffles together.

Weave in ends and enjoy!

The pattern is worked over any number of  stitches. Use a multiple of 10 to maintain the crown decrease. 

RUFFLES:  You must start with four times the number of stitches you need for your hat.  So for 70 stitches, I began with 280.  If you need 80 stitches, begin with 320.  60 stitches, begin with 240.  90 stitches, begin with 360.  Adjust accordingly, but always start with four times the number of stitches you want for your hat.

I used size 9 needles to get an airy look for the body of the hat.  You could easily use size 8 needles throughout.  Just start with 80 stitches

To knit this using 6-weight yarn, use size 13 needles and cast on 50 stitches.  Ruffles would start with 200 stitches.  Begin the crown decrease at 6 inches. 

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 60 stitches.  Ruffles would start with 240 stitches

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 7 needles and cast on 60 stitches.  Begin crown decreases between 6.5 and 7 inches, depending on desired length of finished hat.  Ruffles would start with 240 stitches.  Always adjust in multiples of 10, being sure to adjust number of cast on stitches for the ruffles too.

To knit this using sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 130 stitches. Begin crown decrease at 7.5 to 8 inches.   Ruffles would start with 520 stitches.

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