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Helix Hat Chunky

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Learn a new stashbusting technique with these simple but highly customisable hats. Instructions are provided for 2,3, 4 or 5 different colours and for wider stripes. You can also follow instructions for beanie or slouch options. These hats use helix knitting in the round to create jogless stripes. Add a pompom with any leftovers!

And yes I really did stash bust with these - they used the leftovers from my ab-so-lute-ly cloche hat and my reasons to be cheerful design.

Pattern and construction
Pattern is written only (no charts). Links to tutorials for cast on method, an overview of helix knitting and other useful techniques such as quick technique for pompoms with left over yarn.

Hats are knit bottom up in the round; pattern assumes circular needles and magic loop for the crown decreases. It is however easy to substitute your preferred methods of knitting in the round and small circumference knitting in the round.

Sizes
Sizes are finished hat circumference. Please choose a size approx 5cm/2 inches less that your actual head circumference for a snug fit. Pattern contains instructions for adjusting length for beanie (with or without turned back brim) or slouch options.

0-6 months: 33cm/13 in
6-18 months:38cm/15 in
18 months: 40.5cm/16 in
Age 4 - adult small: 48cm/18 ¾ in
Adult medium: 50.5cm/19 ¾ in
Adult large: 55cm/21 ¼ in

Skills assumed
Knit and purl
Knitting in the round and small circumference knitting for the crown decreases.

Yarn and yardages
I used Rowan cocoon, an 80% wool and 20% mohair yarn. You could substitute any chunky yarn in wool or acrylic or mixed fibres.

Yardages are for the slouch version:
0-6 months: 42m/46yds
6-18 months:56m/62yds
18 months- 4 years: 66m/72yds
Age 4 - adult small: 95m/103yds
Adult medium: 106m/116yds
Adult large: 132m/145yds

Gauge
15 stitches and 23 rows = 10 cm
in stockinette
Needle size
US 10 - 6.0 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
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