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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Introducing Licorice Twist!

Well, Labor Day Weekend is over and it is time to gear up for the cold weather again.  Football season starts this week and Schnapps is SO excited!  He loves Football Sundays - curling up and knitting the day away....actually, I am just as excited!  Licorice Twist (thanks again Lani for the name!) is the perfect hat to knit on a Football Sunday or on any day.  Using Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn this knits up super quickly.  The color combinations are practically endless!  Use just 2 colors if you want too.  I have included directions for other yarn weights, so feel free to try it with the pattern repeated or with a wider brim.......let us see what you create!  

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Licorice Twist

You will need 3 different colors of 6-weight yarn and size US 13 circular needles or some other combination listed below.

k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

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

Work Brim:  Using Color A
Row 1:  *k3, p2*; repeat around
Repeat Row 1 until your work measures 2 to 2.5 inches in length, or longer if you prefer.

Work Body of Hat Still Using Colors B & C:
All stitches are knit stitches.  Letters refer to which color to use.

Set up row Color B:  knit all stitches
Rows 1, 5 & 9:  *2A, 3B*; repeat around
Rows 2 & 8:   *1A, 2A, 2B*; repeat around
Rows 3 & 7:   *2B, 2A, 1B*; repeat around
Rows 4 & 6:   *3B, 2A*; repeat around
Repeat Rows 1 and 9  if desired until piece is about 7 to 7.5 inches in length.  Model was made using 6 weight yarn and only one repeat. Pattern will look much different if repeated.  Other instructions for different yarn weights are below.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed Using Color B
Row 1:    knit all stitches
Row 2:   *k3, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 3:   *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 2:   *k1, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 3:   *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 share.

 If using 5-weight yarn, use size 10.5 needles and cast on 60.  Work brim for 3.5 inches, then work pattern once.  Repeat Row 1 of crown decrease until piece is 8 inches in length, then continue with pattern

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 90.  Work brim for 4 inches, then work pattern once.  Repeat Row 1 of crown decrease until piece is 8 inches in length, then continue with pattern.

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 100 stitches.   Work brim for 5 inches, then work pattern once.  Repeat Row 1 of crown decrease until piece is 8 inches in length, then continue with pattern.

Use 2 strands of 4- or 5-weight yarn or 3 strands of 3-weight yarn held together as one strand and work pattern as written if you want to use other yarn weights and have the hat look like the model

The pattern is worked over 5 stitches.

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