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Silk Cloud and Pebble work together and alone to create the shifting textures of Slouch 1. Purl ridges accentuate Silk Cloud’s lustre, their concentric circles decreasing to a single dot. Short rows subtly enhance the hat’s slouch. Pattern includes illustrated tutorials for German Short Rows and a tubular cast on. Slouch 1 is worked in the round from brim to crown using knit, purl, and 2- or 3-stitch decreases. The pattern instructions are written only.

19 (20.5, 22) in/48 (52, 56) cm brim circumference, 13 in/33 cm deep in front, 11.5 in/29 cm deep at back

Shibui Knits Pebble (48% silk, 36% merino, 16% cashmere; 224 yds/205 m per .88 oz/25 g); Fog: 1 skein
Shibui Knits Silk Cloud (60% kid mohair, 40% silk; 330 yds/302 m per .88 oz/25 g); Fog: 1 skein

US2.5/3.0 mm 16 in/40 cm circular needle
US5/3.75 mm 16 in/40 cm circular needle and set of dpns

25 sts & 40 rows = 4 in/10 cm in k1, p1 rib on smaller needles, in Shibui Knits Pebble held double.
25 sts & 32 rows = 4 in/10 cm in stockinette in the round on larger needles, in Shibui Knits Pebble and Silk Cloud held together.
For a good fit, take time to check your gauge.

3 stitch markers (end of rnd + 2 for short rows); yarn needle

About the yarns
Shibui Pebble is a tweedy, 2-ply, light fingering weight silk/merino/cashmere blend with a soft hand and a little memory. The fibre content means it has little bounce at loose gauges. To help the brim keep its shape, the brim is knit on much smaller needles than the body. If you’re substituting for this yarn, look for a tweedy, light fingering weight yarn with at least 36% wool and some drape. If you use a yarn with a high wool content, be sure to swatch carefully, as the added bounce may mean that you need to go up a needle size or two or go up a brim size. You will need approximately 170 yds/156 m of your substitute yarn.

Shibui Silk Cloud is a laceweight, kid mohair/silk blend with incredible loft and a very high halo. Both fibres give this yarn a beautiful lustre, while the mohair fills in the spaces around the stitches, allowing the yarn to be knit at a loose gauge for a light, airy fabric. Silk Cloud is very light and drapey, with no memory or bounce. If you’re substituting for the Silk Cloud, choose a similar, high-halo laceweight yarn, or you can go for simple colour contrast and choose a lace weight that complements the main colour. You could also try a different textural contrast, such as Shibui Knits Lunar 60/40 merino/silk heavy lace weight, against a matte MC. You will need approximately 145 yds/133 m of your substitute yarn.
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