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Monday, September 29, 2014

Introducing Diamonds of Hope!

Schnapps and I are keeping busy getting ready for the craft fairs and tagging and sending out hats and blankets.  This is Schnapps' latest hat pattern and it seemed to be a big hit on our Facebook Page so we thought we'd share the pattern.  This two toned hat is knit with super bulky yarn, but we included directions for all weights.  If you use lighter yarn you might want to double the pattern band, which will definitely change the look of this pattern.  You might just want to go with 2 strands of worsted weight yarn held together to keep the effect.  This would look great in team colors or in just about any color combination.

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Diamonds of  Hope

You will need 6 weight yarn and size 13 circular needles or some combination listed below.

k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one

Using main color, cast on 45 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Row 2:  purl all stitches
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until piece is 1.5 inches long.

Work Bottom:
Row 1:   knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is 2.5 inches long.

Switch to Secondary color and knit all stitches for 2 rows.

Work Pattern:
Row 1 & 9:  *p1, k8*; repeat around
Row 2 & 8:  *p2, k6, p1*; repeat around
Row 3 & 7:   *p3, k4, p2*; repeat around
Rows 4 & 6:   *p4, k2, p3*; repeat around
Row 5:   purl all stitches
Repeat Rows 2 - 9 if using worsted weight or sport weight yarn. 
Knit all stitches for one row before changing back to your main color to work the top of the hat.

Work Top of Hat:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 6.5 to 7 inches.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1: *k7, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 2: *k6 k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *k5, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4: *k4, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 5: *k3 k2tog*; repeat around
Row 6: *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 7: *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 it to someone special!

The pattern is worked over 9 stitches.   As written, the pattern makes an adult size hat.  Reduce cast on to 36 stitches to make a youth hat.

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 11 needles and cast on 63 stitches for an adult hat. 

To knit this using worsted weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 72 stitches. 

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 8 needles and cast on 54 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 9 stitches for individual sizes.


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