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Squirrel Friends tammy and beanie

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When we get out of the glass bottles of our ego, and when we escape like squirrels turning in the cages of our personality and get into the forests again, we shall shiver with cold and fright but things will happen to us so that we don’t know ourselves. Cool, unlying life will rush in, and passion will make our bodies taut with power, we shall stamp our feet with new power and old things will fall down, we shall laugh, and institutions will curl up like burnt paper.
-- D. H. Lawrence

This is a pattern for a knitted tammy and/or slouchy beanie worked using the stranded colourwork technique. Each hat is worked from the bottom rib up with decreases shaping the crown.

Find Shetland 4ply at Gathered Sheep Yarns!

Symbol Charts for the tammy & beanie (no colour) are included and to be used in conjunction with coloured charts for decrease colours and any other reference points needed.
In addition, instructions for how to do the Ladderback Jacquard, if you would like to use this technique over longer floats.

yarn:
Shetland 4ply by Gathered Sheep Yarns; Fingering; 100% Pure Shetland Wool; 233yds (213m) / 55g
approximate yarn amounts Tammy [Beanie]:
MC (Raven) - 148yds/135.5m [130yds/119m]
CC1 (Stone) - 26yds/24m [21yds/19m]
CC2 (The Olive Tree) - 42yds/38.5m [33yds/30m]
CC3 (Carrots) - 42yds/38.5m [33yds/30m]
needles:
2.75mm (us no 2) circular 24in/60cm
3.0mm (us no 2.5) circular24in/60cm and DPNs 6in/15cm (crown)
gauge: 28 sts x 31 rows = 4in/10cm
measured over stranded stockinette on larger needles
Some knitters work stranded and single-coloured at different gauges. Change needles, as needed, to keep gauge the same throughout.
approximate finished size:
one size fits most; 21-25 in/53cm-63.5 cm head
additional tools:
needle to weave in ends, st marker, yarn or bead to embroider or place for squirrel eyes
You will get a PDF (4MB) file

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