Friday, January 16, 2009

So Slouchy Hat Pattern

About this hat:
I followed this pattern by newknits but sliightly changed a few things around.

Materials I used:
- US size 10 circular 16'' needles
- US size 10 DPN
- Lion Brand Yarn: Vanna's Choice (color: linen)
label recommended a size 9 needle*
*using a larger needle than suggested by the yarn manufacturer will make it more loose--perfect for the slouchy look

So Slouchy Hat Pattern:
Cast on 66 stitches on circular needles and join in the round.
(if you want your 2x2 rib pattern to match up exactly - cast on 68 stitches) I don't mind using 66 and having my rib not match up. (basically I started with 2 knit stitches and end with 2 knit stitches so when joined together, it will give 4 knit stitches. but I just wear that part in the back and you can't see it at all)

row 1: *K2, P2* (2 X 2 rib)
repeat row 1 for a total of 4 rows
-- remember to use a stitch marker to mark the start of a round--

row 2: *K6, M1*
row 3: *K9, M1*
row 4: *K1, P1*
row 5: *Purl*
repeat rows 4 and 5 until measures a little over 6" from CO. (or however "slouchy" you want the hat) now it's time to decrease the crown

Decreasing the crown (at some point while you keep decreasing the circular needle will be hard to use. that's when it's time to switch to double pointed needles)
row 1: *P9, P2G*
row 2: Purl all stitches
row 3: *P6, P2G*
row 4: Purl all stitches
row 5: *P5, P2G*
row 6: *P4, P2G*
row 7: *P3, P2G*
row 8: *P2, P2g*
row 9: *P1, P2G*
row 10: *P2G*
row 11: *P2G*
row 12: cut yarn ~5 inches from the last stitch, thread yarn through remaining stitches, pull to close the hole and weave in remaining yarn.

Abbreviations used in this pattern:
K1 = knit one stitch
P1 = purl one stitch
P2G = purl 2 together
M1 = make one stitch (increase) // learn about increasing here (I used M1R)

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