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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Introducing Blended Hues!

 It's 2021!  I hope you all had a wonderful, safe holiday season.  I wish for a 2021 that is happy, healthy safe and peaceful for each of you.  May we all knit more and spread kindness!

The Covid-19 pandemic is still surging across the globe.  Sadly that has caused Delaware Head Huggers to suspend operations again, since most facilities are not accepting hats.  However, that certainly doesn't stop us all from knitting!

This hat was designed for my friend Wendy who is battling leukemia.  I modified a blanket pattern that I have used that highlights two colors of yarn in a simply knit pattern.  You use just one color yarn for each row, so it makes a nice color work hat without too much difficulty.

I knit this using KnitPicks Brava Bulky yarn, but you could certainly use any yarn weight you have on hand.  Color combinations are almost endless and this pattern is a great stash buster too!

Enjoy the pattern.  Spread kindness and love.  Reach out to local cancer centers to see if they need hats.  

Blended Hues


s1:  slip next stitch, knit wise, with yarn in front

k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Using Color A, cast on 64 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:  Using Color A

Row 1:  *k2, p2*; repeat around

Repeat Row 1 until your work measures 1.5 to  2 inches in length, or longer if you prefer.

Still using Color A:

Row 1:   knit all stitches

Begin Pattern:

Row 1:  Color B:  *p1, s1*;  repeat around

Row 2:  Color B:  knit all

Row 3:  Color A:  *p1, s1*;  repeat around

Row 4:  Color A:  knit all

Repeat Rows 1 -4  until piece is about 7 to 7.5 inches in length.

Crown:  Using Color A

Row 1:    knit all stitches

Repeat Row 1 until piece is 7.5 to 8 inches in length

Decrease Crown:  Using Color A

Row 1:   *k6, k2tog *; repeat around

Row 2:   *k5, k2tog *; repeat around

Row 3:   *k4, k2tog*; repeat around 

Row 4:   *k3, k2tog *; repeat around

Row 5:   *k2, k2tog *; repeat around

Row 6:   *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 share.

If using 6-weight yarn, use size 13 needles and cast on 48.  

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 80.  

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

The pattern is worked over 2 stitches.  Crown decrease is written for multiples of 8

Experiment and enjoy!