Sunday, May 2, 2010



Free Spirit Hat © runningsusi


by Susi Ferguson


Difficulty: easy except the Latvian braid border, which is a little challenging. If you want a quicker, easier option you can work the garter stitch border This hat is worked in the round. It features Latvian braids on the border and a simple striped slip stitch pattern. I worked the hat in Wollmeise yarns but you may substitute any other yarn of similar weight. The main color “Dani has a striped/pooling effect in blue and brown and contrast colors are similar in hue to each other but varying in their intensity (deep orange ochre to yellow ochre).


SIZE S (for children),M (this is a generous medium),L (also known as XL)


FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Width:8.5inches/21.5cm Height:for S: 7.5inches/19cm

for M: 8inches/20cm for L: 8.75inches/22cm


MATERIALS [MC] Rohrspatz&Wollmeise [100% superwash merino];Dani 50g

[CC1]Rohrspatz&Wollmeise [100% superwash merino];Single Malt 30g [CC2]Rohrspatz&Wollmeise [100% superwash merino]; Sonne 10g


I used a set of 2.5mm double-point needles You will need 6 markers.


GAUGE 36 stitches and 44 rows = 4inches/10cm wide by 4inches/10cm high (about 8 stitches to the inch)


PATTERN NOTES Latvian Braid:latvian braid

round 1: *knit 1 stitch with MC, knit 1 stitch with CC*, repeat from * to end.

round 2: *purl 1 with MC, purl 1 with CC with both yarns in front of work, always bringing working yarn UNDER the other (yarns will twist but untwist on next row)* repeat from * to end.

row 3: *purl 1 with MC, purl 1 with CC with both yarns in front of work always bringing working yarn OVER the other* repeat from * to end.


Slipping stitches: slip all stitches as to purl.


Garter stitch border:

Round 1: purl with MC. Round 2: knit with MC. Round 3: knit with CC1. Round 4: purl with CC1. Round 5: knit with MC. Round 6: purl with MC. Round 7: knit with CC2. Round 8: purl with CC2. Round 9: knit with MC. Round 10: purl with MC.


ssk: slip next 2 stitches as if to knit, then knit them together through the back loops.


Slip Stitch Pattern (4 stitch repeat):Slip 1 stitch, knit 3 stitches, repeat to end.


Chart for slip stitch pattern















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12

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S = slip this stitch




knit with MC





knit with CC1 or CC2




Border

Cast on 140 stitches with MC. Join for knitting in the round, placing marker at beginning of round and knit one round. Work garter stitch border (in pattern notes)or Latvian braid as follows: work Latvian braid in MC and CC1. Work Latvian braid in MC and CC2. Work Latvian braid in MC and CC1.

Body of hat

Knit one round in MC, *knit 7 stitches, make 1 by lifting the yarn in between the stitches and knitting through the back* repeat from * to end (160 stitches). Next round, attach CC1 knit one round.

Begin working chart as follows:

Work chart 2 times with MC and CC1.

Then 2 times with MC and CC2.

Work chart 3 times with MC and CC1.

Work chart 2 times with MC and CC2.

Continue working chart in MC and CC1 until end of hat!


Crown of hat

When hat measures 4.5 inches/11.5 cm for S; 5.0 inches/12.5cm for M; 5.75 inches/14.5cm for L, follow chart to row 4 or 8 and begin decreases as follows.

**Knit 14 stitches, knit 2 stitches together, place marker on next stitch, ssk, *knit 27 stitches then knit 2 together, knit one (place marker over this stitch), ssk*, repeat from * 3 more times then knit to end (150 stitches). Follow pattern for 3 more rounds.

Decrease round:knit to 2 stitches before marked stitch, decrease as before. (140 stitches) Knit 3 rounds following pattern.

Next round decrease as follows: knit until one stitch before marked stitch then knit 3 stitches together. Repeat at all marked stitches (130 stitches). Knit three rounds following pattern.

Next round: knit until one stitch before marked stitch then knit 3 stitches together. Repeat at all marked stitches.**(120 stitches), knit 3 rounds following pattern.

Continue decreasing every fourth round from**in this way until 60 stitches remain and then begin decreasing every round by knitting 3 stitches together at marked stitches until 10 stitches remain. Break yarn leaving a long tail, and thread through the remaining stitches twice (draw string fashion), pull tail tight to close up top of hat and weave in tail on wrong side. Weave in all ends.





To left: Dani as MC and Single Malt as CC1 and Sonne as CC2




Below: Vergissmeinnicht as MC and Gewitterhimmel and Zensi as contrast colors and garter stitch border.

5 comments:

  1. Love the hat! Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Thanks for the beautiful pattern!

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  3. Nice! With the right colors this hat is very masculine and I can imagine a matching scarf as well. Thank you for posting the pattern!

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  4. Lovely pattern, cannot wait to start! Perfect for my adult son and friends. Question about
    "Garter St Border" -- no instruction for round 2...Do we assume just Purl the first 2 rounds??
    (as after that it alternates K rnd, P rnd as in garter st...Thank goodness for ravelry!!!
    Suze in Ithaca, NY (upstate in the countryside
    a mile from Cornell Univ)

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  5. Thanks! I've just finished mine, dark blue and two shades of gray made a nice, warm hat for my son. Fun to learn two new types of pattern. Now of to get more yarn and make one for myself too :)

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