Friday, 1 August 2008

A first project with the first pattern structure: hat

Here is the hat together with my blind cat. Had she not been asleep she would have chosen to lie on the hat. She loves knitted things, and especially new ones!

The hat is made using the first pattern chart. Only the blue/black top is worked in the round, the rest is knitted flat which makes it easy to decide when the hat has the
required circumference.

Colour sequence 2 for the first pattern structure is applied, but because of short rows the pattern from colour sequence 1 also appears. As you will expect by now: the hat is two in one. It has two different sides which can be worn according to one's choice.

I normally seek to work with 100 % natural yarn, but the yarns used here were the only ones with at least some wool content that I could get in a shop in my area for this project.

Before you do this project I recommend reading the introductions 1 to 3.

Yarn used:

Fashion KC Aran, King Cole, black ( colour shade 048), 100 g ball, half used
Fusion, White Pepper, Wendy (colour shade 156), 50 g

Gauge: 23 stitches x 46 rows = 10 x 10 cm

Size: circumference 55 cm, rim to top 25 cm

Cast on:

48 stitches with yarn A. These are made up of 11 repeats of 4 stitches from chart (= 44 stitches) + 2 selvage stitches as already described in the introduction, + 2 additional stitches for the special treatment of the selvages used here. See below. (For a smaller hat use 1 or 2 pattern repeats less according to measures.)


This treatment of the selvages is suitable as well for knitting scarves. It also makes it possible to easily darn in loose ends along the selvage, if required.

Between the proper selvage stitches and the pattern repeat stitches an additional stitch is added. These two stitches are both knitted in each even row, and slipped with yarn in front in each uneven row.

Also, after each uneven row, before you turn to start the next even row, cross the threads, so that the thread not in use for the next row is located between the fabric and the next working thread. Pull the working thread fairly tight for the first two stitches in each row.


1st row, colour B: Kb, K, 11 repeats of pattern repeat from chart, K, X

2nd row, colour B: Kb, X, 11 pattern repeats from chart, X, X

3rd row, colour B: Kb, K, 9 pattern repeats from chart, P, turn

4th row, colour B: X, 9 pattern repeats from chart, X, X

5th row, colour A: Kb, K, 9 pattern repeats from chart, turn

6th row, colour A: 9 pattern repeats from chart, but work X instead of first
stitch of first pattern repeat, X, X

7th row, Colour A: Kb, K, 11 pattern repeats from chart, K, X

8th row, Colour A: Kb, X, 11 pattern repeats from chart, X, X

Repeat the above until the required circumference is reached.

Here you clearly see the break between the two appearing patterns, caused by the short rows:

Cast off as described in introduction part 2

Sew cast on- and cast off- ends together.

You can finish the hat now by threading yarn through every second selvage stitch on top and pulling it together. Or you do the flowery top as described below.


Take up 40 stitches with a set of double pointed needles at top of hat.

Work according to this chart:

In row 16 reduce pairs of purled stitches by purling every two of them together.

Adjust pattern in rows 17 and 18. Cast off after row 18.

With darning needle, pull thread through all stitches, pull tight, secure and darn in loose ends.

Hat finished.

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