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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Mineralogy Hat

This is a super simple beanie that knits up quickly with a bulky yarn. The pattern is made up entirely of knits and purls. 
It makes a great, comfy hat for the whole family.

Craft: knitting
Skill Level: Rookie-Apprentice-Virtuoso-Genius
Skills: knit, purl, P2tog, simple chart reading

Sizes: child-women-men (fits approx. head size 21"-22.5"-24"); shown in size med
Finished Measurements: approx. 6.5" tall and 8.5-9.5-10.5" wide lying flat not including pom pom

Gauge: approx.16 sts and 28 rows = 4" on 6 mm in patt (same gauge as given on Sulka and Eco+/Ecological ball bands)
Yarn: 100 g (3.5 oz.), 110 yds (100 m) bulky (12 ply) weight wool
Suggested Brand: 2 skeins Sulka by Mirasol shown in #200 Ecru; or less than 1 skein Cascade Eco+ or Ecological wool

Needles: 5 mm 40 cm (US 8 16") circular, 6 mm 40 cm (US 10 16") circular, 6 mm dpns
Other Materials: tapestry needle or teeny crochet hook


Beginning at the bottom, with smaller needles and long-tail method, CO 60-70-80 sts (or multiple of 10). Join in the rnd being careful not to twist sts. Pm for beg of rnd.

Begin Seed Stitch as follows:
Rnd 1:
K1, P1 to end.
Rnd 2: P1, K1 to end.

Rep these two rnds once more.
Rep Rnd 1 once more. Five rnds total.
Brim should measure approx. 1" from CO.

Change to larger needles.

Begin chart (below). Work chart for two full reps. Hat should measure approx. 5" from CO. Work in seed st until it does or until hat reaches desired depth.

Change to dpns when sts become too tight on circs.

Rnd 1: *K1, P1, K1, P2tog*, rep from * to * to end.

Rnd 2: P1, K1 to end.

Rnd 3: *K1, P1, P2tog*, rep from * to * to end.

Rnd 4: P1, K1 to end.

Rnd 5: K1, P2tog to end.

Rnd 6:
P1, K1 to end.

Rnd 7:
P2tog to end.

Rnd 8:
K1, P1 to end.

Rnd 9-10:
Rep Rnds 6-7.

Cut yarn and tie off. Weave in ends. Add pom pom.