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So you know slipped stitches? That super easy thing where you just slide a stitch over to the other needle without really doing anything to it? Well this hat is what happens when you decide to take that idea and see how far you can take it!
Everything here is either plain old stockinette worked in the round, or slipped stitches! Well ok, I guess you do a tiny handful of decreases at the top of the hat to finish things off...but all that lovely latticework is made with cleverly slipped stitches. This really is just a tube of stockinette with some lovely fancy bits laid on top.
It's perfect for when you need something mellow (or you want that deeply satisfying experience of doing something that looks tricky but is really a piece of cake). And it's an absolutely marvelous thing to do with some wild variegated yarn you can't quite find a project for...pair it with something more mellow for the main color and watch it shine!
The hat is written in five sizes (castons of 96, 100, 104, 108, and 112 stitches), and you should feel free to adjust your gauge a bit to fine tune the fit of the hat. Just be sure that you’re working at a gauge that gives you a fabric you like with your chosen yarn (you want something dense enough that you don't see the contrasting yarn behind your fabric).
I recommend working at something around 4.5, 5, 5.5, or 6 stitches per inch, and I’ve included a table to help you figure out what gauge you’ll want to use for your size. With that range of sizes and gauges, the hat will fit a head between 17.5 and 25.5 inches (with *lots* of points in between).
Oh, and just to help you plan, I used about 150 yards of the gray and 75 yards of the blue yarn to make a hat for a large adult. If you’re making a bigger or taller hat (or if you use a skinnier yarn), you might want more like 200 yards of the main color and 100 yards of the contrast yarn.
This is perfect for you if:
- You want to try something clever and new...but not hard
- You have some extra bits of fancy yarn you're looking to show off
- You can't help wondering how that would look as a cowl (there might just be secret cowl instructions hidden away in there)
- You don't like charts (the pattern uses charts)
- You hate swatching (you need to swatch to check your needle size)
If you're interested in the companion purple and pink hats (shown in the next to last last few pictures), you can find them here and here. If you buy all three patterns together at the same time, you'll get 50% off the second and third patterns (make sure you see the discount before you pay, the price for all three pieces together should be $16.00).