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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Introducing Springtime Stripes! Stash Buster Extraordinaire!

Pollen, warm weather and wind are here in Delaware these days.  Schnapps has been busy gardening and cleaning and shipping out hats.  He managed to knit this hat in between working on other things though and thinks it's a great way to use up some left over yarn.  He designed this using just three shades, but you could easily swap out every stripe for a different color.  Imagine all the different color combinations that are possible!  We hope you enjoy the pattern and have fun personalizing it with your color choices.

This was knit using Knit Picks Comfy sport yarn, a wonderfully cool and soft cotton blend yarn that is perfect for the warmer weather.  Instructions are included for all yarn weights too so you really can use up your stash.

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Springtime Stripes
You will need about 120 yards of sport weight yarn and size US 6 circular needles or some combination of yarn and needles listed below.

S1wyif:  slip one stitch purl-wise, holding yarn in front, as if to purl

k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Using Color A, cast on 92 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim: 
Row 1: *k2, p2*; repeat around
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 1.5 inches long

Work Pattern: 
Using Color B: 
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Row 2:  purl all stitches

Using Color C:
Rows 3 & 5:  knit all
Row 4:  *p1, s1wyif*; repeat around
Row 6:   *s1wyif, p1; repeat around

Using Color B
Row 7:  knit all stitches
Row 8:  purl all stitches
Using Color A:
Rows  9 & 11:  knit all
Row 10:  *p1, s1wyif*; repeat around
Row 12:   *s1wyif, p1; repeat around

Repeat Rows 1 - 12 throughout until piece is 6 to 6.5 inches long.  End with a Row 8.

Work Crown Using Just Color A:
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is 7 to 7.5 inches long.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1: *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 2:   knit all stitches
Row 3:  *k1, k2tog; repeat around
Row 4:   knit all stitches
Row 5:  *k2tog*; repeat around
Row 6:   knit all stitches
Row 7:  *k2tog*; repeat around, end with k1

Finish: Cut working yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail.  Draw the tail through the remaining stitches, cinch closed and secure.  Weave in ends and think about other color combinations!

To use 6-weight yarn, use size 13 needles and cast on 48 stitches. 

To use 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 64 stitches.

To use 4-weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 80 stitches. 

The pattern is worked over 2 stitches, but use a multiple of 4 to keep the brim and crown decrease the same. 



  1. I love all of your patterns and pictures of Schnapps.

  2. Im New to knitting,this pattern is so easy,for someone like me. Thank you

  3. Im New to knitting,this pattern is so easy,for someone like me. Thank you

  4. Love it! I have a great amount of "stash" and it will be fun to combine several colors using this pattern. I especially like that you give options for other weights of yarn on your patterns.