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Worth It hat

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Although I loved my vision of a folded colorwork brim on this hat, the most important element as I was designing was the crown decreases.
Unfortunately, the hat chose not to cooperate. I knit the headband portion, and it looked great. Started the body with its broken rib detail- looking good. Then I came to the crown decreases. I tried one method- ugly. Tried a different rate of decrease- even uglier!
I then did what any good designer does. I sat that naughty hat in a corner for 2 weeks so it could think about what it had done.
At the end of the time out period, I ripped it all out for the third time, recalculated the decreases, and this time it worked. The crown has turned out every bit as nice as I imagined.
I did learn a lot while designing this hat and decided, in the end, that the ripping out and redoing was Worth It.

Sizing notes:

I wanted this hat to have a snug beanie fit, but I recognize that this style does not suit everybody. A simple modification to when you start the decreases will allow for a slouchier fit. More MC yarn will be needed if modifications are made.

Crochet provisional cast on
Knit 2 together decreases
Stranded knitting
Folded brim with purl turning round

Materials Needed:
DK weight superwash yarn, 155 (180, 201) yards / 142 (165, 184) m of MC and 25 (25, 30) yards / 23 (23, 27) m of CC.
Sample knit with Wollmeise Merino DK (MC) and Skeincocaine Royal DK (CC)
Size 4 US/ 3.5 mm and size 6 US/ 4.25 mm 16” (41 cm) circular needles or size needed to achieve gauge and your choice of size 6 US/ 4.25 mm DPNs or longer circular needle for small circumference knitting
Smooth waste yarn
Stitch marker to mark beginning of round
Crochet hook about the same size as your knitting needle
Tapestry needle

Gauge: 21 sts in stranded pattern on larger needles equals 4”/ 10 cm after light blocking.
Finished dimensions:
Circumference at brim (outer layer measurement): 19.5 (21, 22.5)” / 50 (53, 57) cm
Total height cuff to crown: 7.5 (8, 8.5)” / 19 (20, 22) cm

This pattern was designed to be used during my one-on-one tutoring sessions, to teach stranded knitting. It has been professionally tech edited and test knitted. If you find a mistake, need pattern support or are interested in private knitting lessons please write to

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