Daughter hat and Mittens (DK)
From the lovely braided two-colour cast on to the beautiful pattern on the crown this is a thing of gorgeousness.
Choose a size approx 5 cm (2 in) less than your actual head size for a snug fit. The length of the finished hat is included in the pattern - I also recommend a quick measure of how deep you like your hat - extra ribbing or pattern repeats can be added for a longer hat or if your row gauge is shorter than that given.
4 years- adult small 46cm/18in
Adult M 49cm/19¼in
Adult L 56cm/22in
You will need two DK yarns in with good colour contrast. To get a similar look use one plain yarn and one self-striping. For my plain yarn I used Wooltops British Wool - DK, a lovely shetland-type yarn in soft natural grey (and a real bargain) for my neutral yarn. My coloured yarn was a tonal self-striping handyed and handspun yarn by artisan producer Hooklineandstitches. Variegated or sprinkle yarns are other options and of course this is very smart worked in two plain colours.Wool or acrylic yarns will work fine. Several testers also found it possible to get gauge with worsted yarn or a combination of sport and worsted. Putting the multi-coloured yarn over the top of the plain yarn is an option and some splendid examples can be found among the test knits.
Construction and skills
This looks more complicated than it is. The ribbing is stranded knitting, but the rest of the colourwork is mosaic, done one yarn per row. The cables are done without a cable needle too, so it’s a great travel knit.
If you are new to stranded knitting make sure to carry your floats nice and loosely along the back of the work or you may cause tight ribbing that may curl.Resist the temptation to go up a needle size for the cast on; this will only make any tendancy to curl worse.
Both written and charted instructions. Links to tutorials for the cast on, ribbing etc.
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi)
23 stitches and 36 rows = 10 cm
in main hat pattern
US 5 - 3.75 mm
140 - 194 yards (128 - 177 m)
Estimated yardage (mittens):
S: 170m/184yds (85m/92yds of each yarn)
M: 200m/220yds (100m/110yds of each yarn)
L: 232m/254yds (116m/127yds of each yarn)