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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Herringbone Hat

This hat is squishy and stretchy making it warm, versatile and comfy. It is worked loosely on large needles for nice stitch definition. The hat is worked in the round but it could easily be adapted to be worked flat.

Craft: knitting
Skill Level: Rookie-Apprentice-Virtuoso-Genius
Skills: long-tail cast on, K2tog

Sizes: adult s (m, l)
Finished Measurements: fits adult 22" (23", 24")

Gauge: 24 sts and 20 rows = 4” on 8 mm in patt, (16 sts = 4" on 4.5 mm in st st as given on ball band); take time to check gauge
Yarn: 100g, 220 yds (201 m) worsted weight yarn
Suggested Brand: 1 skein Classic Worsted Long Print

Needles/Hooks: 8 mm 16” circular, 8 mm dpns
Other Materials: tapestry needle or teeny crochet hook


Read Notes and Tips before beginning.

CO 100 (115-130) with long-tail method (important); join being careful not to twist sts and pm for beg of rnd.

Rnd 1 (left slanting): *K2tog tbl slipping only the first st off the needle*, repeat from * to * to marker, sl m; repeat from * to * once more, then continue with Rnd 2
Rnd 2 (right slanting): K2tog slipping only the first st off the needle; repeat to marker, slm

Rep Rnds 1 and 2 until hat measures 5-6” from CO, ending with a Rnd 1.

Dec Rnds:
Work as established, making decs on Rnd 2 only. Work one dec by slipping both sts off the needle instead of just the first one (K2tog).
On the first dec rnd, the dec should be worked every 5 sts (repeat the pattern stitch 3 times, then drop the 4th and 5th st).
Then, every 4 sts and 3 sts. Then, K2tog until hat is closed up or until approx. 8 sts rem. BO and weave in ends. Add a pom-pom if you are into that kind of thing.

Notes and Tips:
• Keep your tension loose.
• Use scrap yarn as a stitch marker instead of a traditional ring marker so it won't get caught in the K2togs.

A big thanks to Allison Blevins for the pattern stitch - check out her amazing scarf here: