Thursday, December 22, 2005

Double Hat

Here are the pictures of the too-big-hat. It's a double hat adapted from the sockyarn hat by Dawn Adcock. I used an Italian double-knit acrylic (handwash only - which I found unusual). The colors did not have names, but were an orange, grey and smokey gray. The brand name is Luxor which I bought from school products in NYC.

Here's my adapted pattern, which you are free to use for personal or non-profit use:
For a size 21-22 inch hat (average adult).

Using the smokey grey (or color of choice), provisionally cast on 104 sts on circular size US5 needles.
Mark the beginning of the round with a stitch marker
K1, P1 rib for 1.5"
change to size 6 circs then K (st, st) for 1 1/4"
Switching to the orange K 5 rows.
Switching back to the grey K 5 rows.
Again K 5 rows in orange.
Back to the grey (for the rest of this side of the hat), K until entire piece is about 6" long (you can make it longer or shorter depending on how long you want the hat.
You will need to switching to dpns when there are too few sts to go around the circular needle):
*K2tog, K24 sts; repeat from * until one round done
K next round
*Double Dec (slip 2 sts tog as if to knit, Knit 1, pass 2 slipped sts over), knit 22; rep from* around, forming 4 sections for top decreases, (8 sts decreased). Knit 1 round
Continue to do Dec Round every 2nd round, but having 2 less sts between decs after each dec round, until 36 sts are left. Then do Dec Round EVERY round until 4 sts are left.
Draw end through last 4 sts and weave in end on wrong side.
This will make a fairly rounded hat.

Second side of hat:
Pick up the live stitches from the provisional cast on.
Using the orange yarn knit one round from the right side (outside facing out again)
NB: If you have one less st due to picking up and knitting in the opposite direction, increase one st on first round to make 104 sts.
K1, P1 rib for 1.5" in the orange.
K one more row in orange
*switch to green and K 5 rows
switch to orange and K 5 rows; repeat from * until the piece measures 6" from the beginning of the orange ribbing then start decrease.
Decrease is the same as the other side of hat, except that you should still change colors ever 5 rows (until there is less than 36 sts, I ended on green).
I finished off the hat by pushing one side into the other (hoping it would fit) and sewing in a little stitch at the top to connect the two hats in one.