Hat Number Two – Feb Knit & Purl

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After the striped stocking hat, I decided to try another hat to see if I could improve my technique. I love these circular hat because there is so much less counting than my scarf sampler. I used a teal wool (primary) that I purchased with a coupon and alternated it with apple green wool (secondary) from an unwound sweater.

I did tear out a bunch after my son tried it on and told me it needed to be longer and slouch some so I don’t have much of a pattern.

Cast 78 stitches of the primary color on to the circular needle. Making sure the stitches are all on the inside of the circular needle, join the stitches and mark the beginning of round.
Create 3.5″ of ribbing using knit 2, purl 2.

Knit a row using both colors combined. This gave the stripes a interesting random pattern and helped me avoid some of the loose holes I had in the previous hat.

Using just with the secondary color, create 5 rows of stockinette by knitting every round on the circular needles. Alternate colors every 5 rows, adding a combined row at each color transition.

When the hat is long enough for you taste, start reducing, alternating colors if you wish. I finished up with just the teal again.

Knit 2 together, knit 12 for one row (don’t worry if it’s not a complete set on the row)
Knit 2 together, knit 11 for one row
Knit 2 together, knit 10 for one row
Knit 2 together, knit 9 for one row
Knit 2 together, knit 8 for one row
Knit 2 together, knit 7 for one row
Knit 2 together, knit 6 for one row
Knit 2 together, knit 5 for one row
Knit 2 together, knit 4 for one row – Here I had to switch over to 4 double point needles
Knit 2 together, knit 3 for one row
Knit 2 together, knit 2 for one row
Knit 2 together, knit 1 for one row
Cast off, pulling the top of the hat closed.

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Knit and Purl: February

This moth I decided to try to knit a hat on circular needles.  I also learned how to do K2Together as my stitch of the month.  Not very difficult, but when combined with the circular needles, knitting in the round and finishing on double point needles it was plenty for me.  I need to work on getting the joined sections together more attractively.

Striped Stocking Capphoto of hat

Materials:

  • I used cashmere that I unwound from a sweater and dyed with Kool-Aid.  I had both red and violet.
  • Size 10 US 16 inch circular needles
  • Size 10 US double pointed needles (Change to double points when the stitches no longer fit on the circular needles)

Instructions

Cast 78 stitches of the primary color on to the circular needle.  Making sure the stitches are all on the inside of the circular needle, join the stitches and mark the beginning of round.
Create 3.5″ of ribbing using knit 2, purl 2.
Starting with the secondary color, create 5.5″ of stockinette by knitting every round on the circular needles.  Alternate colors every 5 rows.

Set 1: Primary Color
Row 1: With Primary: K2tog, K11; repeat
Row 2: Knit all
Row 3: K2tog, K10; repeat
Row 4: Knit all
Row 5: K2tog, K9; repeat (60 stitches)

Set 2: Secondary Color
Row 1: Knit all
Row 2: *K2tog, K8; repeat (54 stitches)
Row 3, 4 and 5: Knit all

Set 3: Primary Color
Row 1: Knit all
Row 2: *K2tog, K7; repeat (48 stitches)
Row 3, 4 and 5: Knit all

Set 4: Primary Color
Row 1: Knit all
Row 2: *K2tog, K6; repeat (42 stitches)
Row 3, 4 and 5: Knit all

Set 5: Primary Color
Row 1: Knit all
Row 2: *K2tog, K5; repeat (36 stitches)
Row 3, 4 and 5: Knit all

Set 6: Primary Color
Row 1: Knit all
Row 2: *K2tog, K4; repeat (30 stitches)
Row 3, 4 and 5: Knit all

Set 3: Primary Color
Row 1: Knit all
Row 2: *K2tog, K3; repeat (24 stitches)
Row 3, 4 and 5: Knit all

Set 3: Primary Color
Row 1: Knit all
Row 2: *K2tog, K2; repeat (18 stitches)
Row 3, 4 and 5: Knit all

Cut the yarn to about 8 inches.

Make the Braid And Tassel

Cut 12 strands of yarn approximately 24″ in length. Fold in half and braid. Make the free ends into a tassel.  Thread trough the hole in the top of the hat so that it is on the right side.
Cut the yarn and thread it through tapestry needle. Slip stitches through stitches on the hat (don’t forget to thread through the traded tassel) and pull tightly to close top of hat.