On April 30, the annual hat knitting KAL began. This is the fourth year that YarnStory has had Hat KALs and for two months collected beautiful crocheted and knitted hats that were donated to fill the shelves of the Hat Closet at the local office of the American Cancer Society.
The featured pattern this month is the “Not So Ordinary Beanie”. This pattern begins at the brim and after three inches of ribbing moves to stockinette with traveling stitches that spiral around the hat as the decreases worked at the crown end in six stitches that are cinched to close the hat. The pattern is pasted below.
What I love about hats is that they are such a quick knit. I have almost finished the brim!
By Nafisa at YarnStory Designs
This is a variation on the basic beanie. One casts on at the brim and knits a basic ribbing for three inches and then move into stockinette beginning four traveling stitches that slowly spiral around the head. The pattern is written for double point needles with comments in parenthesis for adapting for magic loop. It features standard decreases, traveling stitches and a cinched closure at the top. Pattern works well with variegated yarns.
One size fits most adults
Worsted weight yarn, 100% wool, approximately 150 yds
Model Shown: Nadezhda’s Crayon Box (100% wool, 185 yds/100 g.), color: Reef Life
1 set US7 (4.5mm) double point needles
OR 1 US7 (4.5 mm) 40” circular for magic loop
20 sts = 4 “ in stockinette stitch
Row gauge n/a
Left Twist: skip first stitch and knit second stitch through back loop, then knit first, skipped stitch, through front loop, slipping both stitches off needle.
Long Tail Cast On: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer05/FEATsum05TT.html
The article has instructions for Long tail cast on and other cast on techniques.
LT= Left Twist K= knit P=purl K2tog= knit 2 sts together SM= slip marker
Cast on 104 stitches using long tail cast on
Being careful not to twist, join stitches. Adjust stitches so there are 26 stitches on each dpn. Place Marker for beginning of round.
R1: *K1, P1*
Repeat R1 until work measures 3 inches when measured from cast on edge. Remainder of hat will be in stockinette stitch. Begin traveling stitch by working Left Twist (LT) on the first two stitches on each dpn, knitting the remaining stitches. On each subsequent round the LT moves one stitch to the left, traveling around the hat in a spiral.
R1: *LT, K24*, repeating between asterixs three more times (once on each dpn), all sts in rnd have been worked. (for magic loop place marker before each LT)
R2: *K1, LT, K23* repeat until all sts worked
R3: *K2, LT, K22* repeat until all sts worked
R4: *K3, LT, K21* repeat until all sts worked
Continue in pattern as established (each row the LT travels one stitch) until work measures 5 inches from cast on edge.
Begin Crown Decreases
Maintaining pattern as established,
R1: *K8, PM*, repeat across round
R2: *Knit to 2 sts before M, K2tog, SM* repeat until all sts worked
Repeat R2 & R3 until 6 sts remain
Cut yarn leaving a tail approximately 12 inches long. Thread tail on tapestry needle and run needle through all sts, pulling tight and cinching sts together. Fasten off on inside of hat.
Weave in ends.