Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Bill's Hat - A Pattern

We had the worst weather I've seen in a long time, a verified blizzard, and Bill didn't even hesitate when Christy assigned him shoveling duty out in the storm. He didn't have a hat or hand coverings with him, although he scavenged some leather gloves and a (somewhat muddy) pink fleece hat from the car. Clearly, he deserved a hat of his own - and I just happened to have emergency wool and needles along. (If you don't understand, don't ask. It's a knitter thing.) By using a very large gauge and lots of wool at once, I had a very warm hat in less than two hours.
Set of 5 Double-Pointed Needles, size 17
2 skeins Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Bulky (color was something like "Misty Blue")
1 skein super bulky single-ply yarn (whose label I can't seem to locate)

You will be holding both ends of each skein of the Lamb's Pride and one end of the super-bulky together throughout, knitting all five yarns as one.

Cast on 32 stitches, divided over 4 needles.

Being careful not to twist, join in circle and work 1 round of knit 1, purl 1 ribbing.

Switching to stockinette stitch, continue knitting all stitches until work is about 6 1/2" from cast-on.

Beginning with next round, decrease with a "slip-slip-knit" at the beginning of each needle and a "knit 2 together" at the end of each needle. The result will be a decrease of 8 stitches.

Work one round of knit.

Continue decreasing at the beginning and end of each needle every other round until you have a total of 8 stitches left.

Break yarn and pull through loops, tightening the yarn like a drawstring to close the top of the hat. Weave in ends on private side of hat and enjoy.

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