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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Light and lacy spring hat





I could not find my camera but I put the hat in my scanner and it came out rather well.

This is a nice and open, light and lacy pattern. I used Caron country in the colorway Ocean Spray. This hat is a beanie style but rather loose. Caron Country tends to be on the splitty side so if you would rather substitute a yarn with a tighter twist go ahead. I would probably stick to a medium weight.

I made this to fit me and I have somewhat of a larger head so I would describe this as a large size in how it fits around. It is easy to adjust the size simply by adding or taking away pattern repeats (12 stitches on the cast on row). If you like a roll brim hat, knit a longer portion of 2x2 rib.

Try your hat on as you are making it to get the right fit for you.

For me, one pattern repeat is about 3.5" and 4 rows is just under 1"

this is knit in the round.

Needles: Size US 6 (4mm)
Yarn: Naturally Caron Country (much less than 1 skein)

Using a stretchy cast on of your choice (I use the cable cast on), cast on in multiples of 12.

*For my hat I did 8 pattern repeats so I cast on 96 stitches though 7 repeats (84 stitches) would have been fine as well.

Join for knitting in the round making sure not to twist your cast on row.

Do a 2x2 rib for 1 inch.


Hat body

*K9, p3 for all even numbered rows

Row 1: k2 tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, p3 repeat
Row 3: k2 tog, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1, ssk, p3 repeat

Repeat these rows until the body is of desired length ending on row 4. for my hat I did 7 repeats. My hat just comes down over the tops of my ears.

Crown
Row 1: ssk, k1, yo, s1, k2tog, psso, yo, k1, k2tog, p3 repeat
Row 2: k7, p3 repeat
Row 3: k1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1, p3
Row 4: k5, p3
Row 5: ssk, k1, k2tog, p3
Row 6: k3, p3
Row 7: s1, k2tog, psso, p3
row 8: purl all stitches
row 9: p1, p2tog, p1
row 10: purl all stitches
row 11: p1, p2tog

run yarn through all live stitches to remove from the needles and cinch the opening closed, secure and weave in ends.

This is available as a PDF file


I hope this helps. I have made this into chart form. You can click on this image to enlarge it or download the chart in the link below



I have charted this and made it a PDF file


If you have any questions about this (or any of my post) feel free to ask in a comment. I do reply. you may want to check through the current comments to see if it has been answered already ☺

34 comments:

Ariel said...

LOVELY! Thank you for a beautiful and FREE pattern! I will definitely knit this in 2011!

Rachel G said...

Thank you! I hope you like it. It doesn't take much yarn at all and is a fast knit.

Anonymous said...

about row 1 for the crown, the "yo, s1, K2tog, psso" part...I'm having trouble telling the yo from the s1 stitch to work the psso. Am I reading this right? Beautiful hat, thanks.

Rachel G said...

Hmmm. You are doing a 3 stitch decrease. You will end up with a yo on either side of your 1 stitch when done with the decrease.

Do your YO, slide your next stitch over to your working needle than knit the next 2 stitches together and pass the slipped stitch over those to get rid of it.

I don't know if this has helped you any. Let me know if you still have problems.

Anonymous said...

Thank you much

Susan said...

Thanks very much - good-looking hat.
Susan, Northern CA

Lorlaa said...

I love this hat. I made it on straight needles so I had to re adjust the pattern slightly but it looks amazing. Thank you for sharing. :)

Rachel G said...

I'm glad you liked it!

Anonymous said...

Is it size 6 needles US?

Rachel G said...

sorry to not reply sooner but yest that is US size 6 (4mm)

Anonymous said...

What an adorable cap - and WOW it knits up quick! This pattern came at the perfect time. Thanks for sharing.

Janice and co. said...

There's a difference in crafting if you are left-handed? Boy I never knew that and I am left dominant ambidextrous. I am starting chemo next week and I find wigs and acrylic very scratchy, so I hope I can find some cotton or silk yarn for this.

Rachel G said...

There are some diffrences. Lefty's and righties work from different directions. no change needed for written patterns. slight changes needed for charts as stitches lean the opposite way, ex. ssk = / and k2tog = \. In written patterns if there is a particular design element and it's not symmetrical it will be a "mirror image" (spirals rotate the opposite way). With crochet we work from opposite sides of the fabric so what I conciser my front or "right side" would be what a right hander considers the "wrong side" or back.

I read knitting charts left to right because i knit left to right (knitting the new stitches onto the left needle). I also crochet left to right.

Janice and co. said...

Thanks Rachel!! I am a real amateur when it comes to knitting, but I am doing great with this hat!! I am using a Caron yarn that is really soft and pretty pink. Pls check out my blog "urbanshepherdvtaco" where you can see pics of my awesome sheep. I had to learn how to knit so I could use their wool.

Rachel G said...

Janice, I'm glad you are linking it! Caron Simply Soft works so well I think for lace. I'll have to head over to you blog maybe in the morning to check it out.

happy knitting :)

Anonymous said...

What wire-length did you use on the circular needle?

Anonymous said...

Also, after I knitted an inch of rib stitch, And did the first row of "Row 1: k2 tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, p3 repeat"
I ended up with 89 stitches..Is that supposed to happen? I'm 99% sure I did the pattern right....Does anyone else have this problem?
Please reply..Thanks! (:

Rachel G said...

I will have to go back and look. But I did the hat with a cable (I use Knit Picks options) that was long enough to use a traveling loop for the body than as it reduced I switched to magic loop for finishing it off. I often use traveling loop for hats and such.

As for the stitches. each repeat of the pattern for the body is 12 stitches (9 for the lace and 3 for the purls between)

Anonymous said...

Okay, that helped. So it IS supposed to have 89 stitches(?) !
Thanks

Anonymous said...

I have an Ultra Prima cotton yarn, and I was wondering if you thought it would be okay for this hat. I am fairly new to all of this, and I wasn't sure it if cotton was something commonly used.

Also, my gauge seems different. With the yarn I have it takes 3 repeats of 12 to get ~3.5" is that okay?

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Is it a US 3 6 circular needle? Thank you.

Anonymous said...

How do I know if it's long enough before I start making the crown? I'm afraid it will end up being too small! Is there a way to gauge properly?

Janice and co. said...

Hi Rachel, my hat turned out great! I used 7 reps before doing the crown, and it comes down to cover my ears, which is what I wanted. I want to do your knit scarf pattern for our local cancer society's holiday boutique. Are you okay with your patterns being used for charity?

Rachel G said...

Sorry for the late replies to everyones comments. End of the school year and 3 kids are keeping me busy lately

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Your stitch count should remain the same every row. This stitches doesn't add or subtract any stitches. So if the stitch count is changing check and make sure you are counting your yo's correctly.

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I think cotton yarn would be cute for this hat. But remember cotton yarn doesn't have as much bounce back as other fibers so don't make it to large. Swatching may be a good idea.

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Yes I used a US size 6.

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I just checked and stretched out it is about 3 inches from when I start the decrease to the crown. so 6 inches of the crown around is the decrease rows.

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Janice - Sure, you can use the patterns for what ever you like. Enjoy and have fun! The scarf is basically just a generic stitch pattern that was shared with me.

Martha B. said...

I have a pattern for a hat that I really like and it is easy. However, I like to do it in the round and the pattern is not for in the round. If I would forward the pattern to you, could you help me?

Rachel G said...

I could give it a try. It's usually pretty easy to convert such things.

Anonymous said...

Row 1: ssk, k1, yo, s1, k2tog, psso, yo, k1, k2tog, p3 repeat

This part isn't knitting correctly my p3 isn't matching up for some reason. I have 9 stitches to work with and by the time I get to the k2tog on two stitches into the p3 of the previous row...

Anonymous said...

I'm two stitches into*

Rachel G said...

I hope it helps those who may be having count problems. I have charted this for both left and right handed knitters (really it's the same chart, just legend what side the numbers are on are different)

The chart represents only 1 repeat and a bit of the edging between just for visual reference.

Vee Scott said...

Thank you for this beautiful pattern. I started this pattern a couple of days ago and buddy I was going to town. And I was haveing so much fun. I wanted this hat so bad that I went back and learned more stitches.I didnt know what a ssk meant or how to do it. So your hat is so pretty it made me come out of my safe knit and purl only patterns and try something different, to omprove on what I knew. When I was knitting on the hat And had done 10 rows I looked at the directions and realised that I had been knitting the crown. You would have thought that would make me think twice about making this hat but no I started over. Got the right directions. But thats where Im haveing a problem.. The very first row. I cast on 96 and on the very last repeat I finished the knit 2,ssk and I only had one stitch left. Am I suppose to be able to complete every repeat or do I really end up doing apurl one instead of purl 3. I certainly hope you can understand what I am trying to say.Eagerly awaiting your reply. In the meantime I am going to frog this row again and see if maybe I picked up to many stitchs by accident or what ever Oh and could pleaseplease let me know what i will end with on each row. Sorry about the book I just wrote and thank you for helping me.Vee Scott

Rachel G said...

Vee Scott

I'm glad you like it so much! Your stitch count will remain at 12 stitches per pattern repeat all through the body of this hat, you do not gain or loose stitches.

Your yarn overs are creating new stitches and the decreases are taking them away. The yarn overs are separate and not part of any of the stitches around them. One common mistake people make about yarn overs is that they out them as part of the stitches around them but they are independent stitches.

If you take a look at the charted version for this pattern it may help visualize better what I mean. Let me know if you have any other problems or questions.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this great pattern!

Could you please let me know if it's possible to knit this on straight needles. If so Would the pattern remain the same or change?

Many thanks for your help.

Laila

Rachel G said...

This is a symmetrical pattern with a resting row so easily adaptable.. You can knit it on straights, just add a stitch each end for seaming and you might prefer to use the charts rather than written pattern, that way you don't have to transpose right and wrong side rows.

you will need to follow the pattern on the right side and knit the knits and purl the purls on the wrong side for the body of the hat and than just follow the decrease chart

Grace Gilbert said...

Just finished this cute, easy pattern - thanks so much for sharing this! I made this with Patons Angora Bamboo, and it turned out very nicely!!! Thank you for the great pattern!