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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Introducing Live: Hat 1 in a Trilogy!

Sometimes what you start off imagining changes and progresses while you knit and next thing you know you have something totally different.  In this case, Schnapps' one idea has now given three new patterns a start.  The edging was a must, so that's where we began.  Then we thought we could add a lace insert also.  So we did.  And it's pretty, but a little too busy for our taste, so we decided to work the pattern with just the edging and a stockinette body.  

But, since a lot of people like the one with the lace insert, we will add that pattern also.  And we will work another hat with just the lace insert and a stockinette brim.  We'll be busy!  Good thing Schnapps is a fast knitter.  Even if he does take naps in the middle of lace rows!

Thank you Elissa for the idea of naming them Live, Laugh, Love!  

Here is the hat with both brim and insert. 
This is knit using Ella Rae's Classic Heathers.

Here is Live

All three patterns will be posted soon, but we have to work them all out, so please be patient.  We'll start with Live and take it from there.

The model was knit using Elsebeth Lavold's Calm Wool.  I used less than 2 skeins and worked 2 strands held together as one using size 10.5 circular needles and dpns.  I have included adaptations for all other yarn weights, except lace weight and how to adjust for a child size hat.

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This pattern is available as a free PDF download on Scribd and in my Craftsy store.


yo:  yarn over
sk2p:  slip one stitch knitwise, knit the next 2 stitches together, then pass the slipped stitch over.  
k2tog:  holding working yarn as if to knit, knit 2 stitches together as one

Using 2 strands of worsted weight yarn held together as one, cast on 65 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Pattern:

Row 1:  *k1, yo, k4, sk2p, k4, yo, k1*; repeat across
Row 2:   *k2, p9, k2*; repeat across
Row 3:   *k2, yo, k3, sk2p, k3, yo, k2*; repeat across
Row 4:   *k3, p7, k3*; repeat across
Row 5:   *k3, yo, k2, sk2p, k2, yo, k3*; repeat across
Row 6:   *k4, p5, k4*; repeat across
Row 7:   *k4, yo, k1, sk2p, k1, yo, k4*; repeat across
Row 8:   *k5, p3, k5*; repeat across
Row 9:   *k5, yo, sk2p, yo, k5*; repeat across
Row 10:  knit all stitches

Work Stockinette Stitch

Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is 6 inches.  See below for other yarn weight instructions.

Decrease Crown:  switch to dpns when needed

Row 1: *k11, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 2: *k10, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *k9, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4: *k8, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 5: *k7, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 6: *k6, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 7: *k5, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 8: *k4, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 9: *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 10: *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 11: *k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row12: *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 enjoy!

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The pattern is worked over 13 stitches. 

To knit this using 6-weight yarn, use size 13 needles and cast on 52 stitches.  Begin the crown decrease at 4 inches.

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 65 stitches.  Work pattern as written

To knit this using one strand of worsted weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 91 stitches.  Begin the crown decrease at 7.5 inches.

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 7 needles and cast on 65 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 13 stitches for individual sizes.  Begin crown decreases between 6.5 and 7 inches, depending on desired length of finished hat.

To knit this using sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 117 stitches. Begin crown decrease at 7.5 to 8 inches.  

If using a different weight, you might have to add more rows to the crown decrease.

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1 comment:

  1. Robin,
    You amaze me! Every time I visit your page you have new hat patterns. Can't wait to try making all of them. Thank you for sharing your gift with all of us! Keep them coming. God bless. Lani