Thursday, July 15, 2010

Make Mine Gray

I designed this hat with my brother in law in mind. He is a big man with a large head and neck. He wanted a hat that went beyond the standard beanie length. Something to keep him warm during our New England Winters.

* Set of US size 6 (4mm) 16” circular needle
* Set of US size 6(4mm) double pointed needles, or size required to get gauge
* Valley Yarns Valley Superwash DK (100% superwash extrafine merino, 137 yds {125m} per 50g) shown in colors 02, 03, & 18.
* Tapestry needle
* Stitch Marker


Adults Large 24” head circumference, stretched 28”. 9” in Length


6 sts & 7 rows in St st equals 1 inches

Pattern Notes:

With main color (02 gray) and circular needle, cast on 114 sts. Join for working in the round, being careful not to twist and marking the beginning of the round with a stitch marker.

Rnds 1-3: (K1, P1) around.

Rnd 4: continue working 1x1 rib pattern increasing 1 sts every 19sts (120sts).

Rnd 5: (K4, P4) around. Continue working 4x4 pattern until piece measures 2”.

Change to contrast color (03 Black).

Rnd 1: Knit

Rnd 2: Purl

Rep these two rounds until piece measures 4”. Each color should measure 2”. Change to contrast color (18 Navy).

Rnd 1: (K2, P2) around.

Rep this round until piece measures 6”. Change to main color (02 gray) Begin crown decreases.

Rnd 1: (K10, K2tog) around

Rnd 2 and all even rounds: Knit

Rnd 3: (K9, K2tog) around

Rnd 5: (K8, K2tog) around

Rnd 7: (K7, K2togh) around

Continue in this manner until 20 sts remain.

K2tog around (10sts). K2tog around (5sts).

Thread tail through remaining stitches and fasten off. Weave in ends and block to prevent the navy ribbing from synching in.

You’ll definitely have enough leftover to make a 2 other hats. Try mixing up the color sequence or mix in different stitch patterns.

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