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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Introducing Gentle Swells

All of us, all over the world, are fighting the battle against COVID-19 right now.  Delaware Head Huggers has suspended operations until further notice due to infection control concerns, so we are not accepting any or shipping any chemo caps.   We hope that things can be resolved soon, but we understand the need for everyone to stay at home and be safe.

Many of us, when faced with stressful situations turn to our yarn.  Many of us now have extra time on our hands too.  I, myself, have had trouble getting involved in any large project and find myself easily distracted.  I did finally get this pattern worked out and finished and want to share it with you.

This was knit using worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles.  It is a small adult hat.  The pattern is in multiples of 20, so you can always add 20 stitches to your cast on to adjust for a larger hat.  You can try using smaller or larger needles to adjust the size too.

We hope that each and every one of you stays healthy and well.  Stay safe and follow the guidelines and rules.  Please remember to thank all those who are working to keep you safe and to protect your health and well-being.

Gentle Swells

k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Using Color B, cast on 80 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:  Using Color B
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Row 2:  purl all stitches 
Repeat Rows 1-2  until your work measures about 2.5 inches, or longer if you prefer, in length.  

Work Pattern:  all stitches are knit stitches.  The numbers and letter refer to color:  In the model Color A is teal and B is black.  

Rows 1& 6:  *2B, 3A, 2B, 6A, 2B, 3A, 2B*; repeat around 
Row 2:  *1A, 2B, 1A, 4B, 4A, 4B, 1A, 2B, 1A*; repeat around 
Row 3:   *2A, 3B, 2A, 2B, 2A, 2B, 2A, 3B, 2A*; repeat around
Row 4:   *3A, 2B, 3A, 4B, 3A, 2B, 3A*; repeat around
Row 5 & 10:   *1B, 3A, 2B, 3A, 2B, 3A, 2B, 3A, 1B*; repeat around
Row 7:   *1A, 2B, 3A, 2B, 4A, 2B, 3A 2B, 1A*; repeat around 
Row 8:   *2A, 2B, 3A, 2B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 2B, 2A*; repeat around 
Row 9:   *3A, 2B, 3A, 4B, 3A, 2B, 3A*; repeat around 
Repeat Rows 1 - 10 until piece is about 7.5 to 8 inches in length.

Work Crown:  Using Color B:  
Row 1:    knit all stitches
Repeat Row 1 until piece is about 8 to 8.5  inches in length.

Work Decrease in Color B:  use dpn’s 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.  Weave in ends and share.

If using 6-weight yarn, use size 15 needles and cast on 40.

If using 5-weight yarn, use size 11 needles and cast on 60. 
If using 3-weight yarn, use size 6 needles and cast on 100.   

If using 2-weight yarn, use size 4 needles and cast on 140.  

This  pattern is worked over 20 stitches.  Adjust accordingly for size differences. The hat will be small worked as written.  Add 20 stitches to your cast on to make a larger hat.

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