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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Introducing Placid Eddy

 It's Spring.  The world is still a mess.  People need kindness more than ever.  Let's all do our part!

This latest pattern was worked using 5-weight, KnitPicks Brava Bulky yarn.  I liked the contrast between the 2 colors, but you could knit this using just one color. Color combinations are endless, so use your imagination and create beautiful hats to help others!  Instructions are included for all yarn weights, so you can use whatever yarn you have available in your stash!

This is an 8 row pattern with 6 of those rows being all knit stitches, so it works up quickly.  There are cables in this, but they are very simple, so this would be a great first project if you've never attempted cables before.  

This little guy is Thaddeus - my resident wild bunny who has decided that he quite likes us and stops by for a nose rub and a banana chip or fig bar most days.  He is one of the things that makes me smile every day.  Our Facebook page posts nature photos and asks what made you smile today everyday.  Join us and spread happiness too!  We've all got to take extra care to look around us and find the good things.  

Placid Eddy

You will need 5-weight yarn in two colors and size 10 needles or another combination of supplies listed below.


C4B: 2 stitches to cable needle and hold to back.  Knit next 2 stitches from LH needle, then knit 2 from cable needle

C4F: 2 stitches to cable needle and hold to front.  Knit next 2 stitches from LH needle, then knit 2 from cable needle

k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together

Using Color A, cast on 72 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim:  Using Color A

Row 1:   knit all stitches

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

Work Body of Hat Using Color B:

Rows 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 & 8:   knit all stitches

Row 3:   *C4B, k4, C4F*; repeat around

Row 7:   *k2, C4F, C4B, k2*; repeat around 

Repeat Rows 1 and 8 until piece is about 6 to 6.5 inches in length.

Work Crown:  Using Color A

Row 1:   knit all stitches

Repeat Row 1 until your work measures 7 to 7.5 inches

Decrease Crown:  Using Color A:  use dpn’s when needed

Row 1:   *k10, k2tog*; repeat around

Row 2:   *k9, k2tog *; repeat around

Row 3:   *k8, k2tog*; repeat around

Row 4:   *k7, k2tog*; repeat around

Row 5:   *k6, k2tog *; repeat around

Row 6:   *k5, k2tog*; repeat around

Row 7:   *k4, k2tog*; repeat around

Row 8:   *k3, k2tog *; repeat around

Row 9:   *k2, k2tog*; repeat around

Row 10:   *k1, k2tog*; repeat around

Row 11:   *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 84.  

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 108 stitches.   

The pattern is worked over 12 stitches.  

Feel free to use just 1 color.  

Experiment and enjoy!

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