Hi all! I’ve decided to make the free pattern thing that I posted on April 1st a monthly tradition of sorts. That said, it’s May 1st and time for something new. Enjoy! xx, Vickie
by Vickie Howell
(Originally designed for and published Knit.1 Magazine Fall 2005. All rights reserved.)
4 balls in Dark Grey of Cashmere Blend by Lion Brand, 1.75 oz/40g balls, each approx 84 yds/77m
US size 7 (4.5mm) 20″ circular needle OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE
1 set of 5 US size 7 (4.5mm) dpns OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE
1 sheet of clear plastic canvas (available at craft stores)
To fit up to a 23″ head.
28sts and 24 rows to 4″/10cm over k2xp2 rib pattern.
MAKE THE BACK
Cast on 98 sts. Work in 2×2 rib for 4″. Place piece on stitch holder.
MAKE THE FRONT
*Note Front is worked from side to side.
Cast on 32sts. Work in k2xp2 rib for 6 rows.
Next RS row: Mark this end of row as lower edge and opposite end as top edge. K2tog, P2tog, work in 2×2 rib to end.
Next row: Work in k2xp2 to last 2 sts, P1, K1, .
Continue in this manner until piece measures 6″.
Next RS row: P1, inc1, K1, inc1, work in k2xp2 rib to end.
Continue working in rib until piece measures 7″. Bind off.
MAKE THE BODY
Transfer 98 sts holder onto circular needle. With RS facing, pick up 50 sts along side edge of front piece marked as top–146 sts. Join round (so that back and front pieces form a circle) and place marker. Work in k2xp2 rib for 1.5″.
**Note: You can either seam the front and back pieces together now, or wait until you’re finished knitting. Your choice.
Shaping the top:
Next round: *K2tog, p2. Repeat from * to end.
Next round: Knit all knit sts, purl all purl sts (K1xP2 rib) to end–111 sts.
Next round: *K1, P2tog. Repeat from * to end–74 sts.
Next round: K1, P1 to end.
Next round: K2tog to end–37 sts.
**Note: Transfer stitches over to dpns at this point or whenever you feel it becomes necessary.
Next round: K2tog to last st, K1–19 sts.
Next round: Next round: Knit.
Next round: K2 tog to last st, K1.–10 sts.
Next round: Knit all sts.
Next round: K2tog to end–5 sts.
Break yarn and draw through remaining live sts to close.
MAKE THE BRIM
With RS facing, pick-up and knit 32 sts along the lower edge of the front piece.
Row 2 (WS): Purl all sts.
Row 3: Knit all sts
Row 4: Purl all sts.
Row 5: K2tog, K to last 2 sts, SSK.
Row 6: P2tog, P to last to sts SSP–28 sts.
Row 7: Knit all sts.
Row 8: Purl all sts.
Row 9: Repeat Row 5–26 sts.
Row 10: Repeat Row 6–24 sts.
Row 11: K2tog (twice), K to last 4 sts, SSK (twice)–20 sts.
Row 12: P2tog (twice), P to last 4 sts, SSP (twice)–16 sts.
Row 13: Repeat Row 11–12 sts.
Row 14 (turning ridge): Knit all sts.
Row 15: (K1, inc1) twice, K to last 2 sts, (inc1, K1) twice–16 sts.
Row 16: (P1, inc1) twice, P to last 2 sts, (inc1, P1) twice.–20 sts.
Row 17: Repeat Row 15–24 sts.
Row 18: Purl all sts.
Row 19: K1, inc1, K to last st, inc1, K1–26 sts.
Row 20: P1, inc1, P to last st, inc1, P1–28 sts.
Row 21: Knit all sts.
Row 22: Purl all sts.
Row 23: Repeat Row 19–30 sts.
Row 24: Repeat Row 20–32.
Rows 25-28: Repeat rows 21-22 (twice)
Using template cut out plastic canvas brim piece. Fold hat brim in half at the turning ridge, creating brim pocket. Place plastic canvas piece inside pocket and with tapestry needle, seam closed. Block if necessary.
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