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Cima and Pebble work together and alone to create the shifting textures of Slouch 2. The two tucks in the crown give an unusual finish, while short rows subtly enhance the hat’s slouch. Pattern includes illustrated tutorials for German Short Rows and a tubular cast on. Slouch 2 is worked in the round from brim to crown, using knit, purl, and k2tog/ssk decreases. The pattern instructions are written only.

Sizes
19 (20.5, 22) in/48 (52, 56) cm brim circumference,
11.75 in/30 cm deep in front, 10.5 in/27 cm deep at back

Yarn
Shibui Knits Pebble (48% silk, 36% merino, 16% cashmere; 224 yards/205 m per .88 oz/25 g); Tar: 1 skein

Shibui Knits Cima (70% superbaby alpaca, 30% fine merino wool; 328 yds/300 m per 1.76 oz/50g); Tar: 1 skein

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

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

Notions
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 Cima is a high twist, laceweight yarn in superbaby alpaca and fine merino wool. Cima’s fibre content gives this yarn extraordinary softness and drape, while its high twist keeps the alpaca from shedding or forming too much of a halo. If you are substituting for this yarn, look for a soft, matte, laceweight yarn with good drape. You will need approximately 220 yds/201 m of your substitute yarn.
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