With Thanksgiving behind us and the holiday frenzy just starting up, what better time than to share a holiday gift from last year?! Please excuse how late I'm finally sharing this pattern--senior year is a busy time. Also, I knitted up a storm last fall and worked up quite the backlog.
Anyway, after knitting up a dozen SITW hats, I had perfected the process. While everything was fresh in my brain, it only seemed fair to offer the custom-made hat service to my mother for her Christmas gift. (My sister had the same offer, stay tuned. My father has already received a custom hat.) Mom's not the most eager hat designer, often preferring that I surprise her. But remember that the reason why I liked the SITW hat project is because someone else's creativity was at work to come up with the design! She eventually made a vague request for a snowflake motif, but left me to come up with the specifics. Well, though not the most helpful, it worked.
Mom's favorite colors to wear are red, white, and blue. I capitalized on these preferences with the snowflake design. When drawing up this design, I also tried to keep it subtle and to not grab everyone's attention, per her general style.
I was late to order the yarn color my mother requested (same color as the main color in my Afmæli sweater), so I ended up wrapping the recently-arrived yarn to be opened on Christmas, to function as a coupon with a quick turnaround. I knitted the hat from December 27, 2016 - January 2, 2017. Yarn is Drops Lima in Dark Blue, Pearl Grey, and Red. Needle sizes used are US 2 and US 6. Photos are from the backyard, featuring the same bit of fence that frequently shows up on this blog (e.g. 1/2/3/4/5).
Cozy Snowflake Hat Pattern
Difficulty: Intermediate. Recommended for knitters who have done fair isle techniques before.
Yarn: Drops Lima. 1 skein Dark Blue 4305 (A), 0.2 skeins Pearl Grey 9020 (B), 0.05 skein Red 3609 (C)
Gauge: 21 stitches and 28 rows = 4 in (10 cm) with US 6 (4 mm) in stockinette stitch
Finished Size: Fits adult head, 7.5 in (19 cm) long
Needles: US 2 (2.75 mm) dp needles, US 6 (4 mm) 9 in (23 cm) circular and dp needles
Other Materials Needed: stitch marker, ruler, yarn needle
With A and US 2 dp needles, CO 120 sts. Connect in the round and pm. Work *k2, p2* ribbing for 1.5 in (3 cm).
Switch to US 6 circulars and decrease 20 sts evenly around round (repeat *k4, k2tog* across round) = 100 sts.
K two more rounds with A, then work Color Chart 1. Repeat each chart row ten (10) times per round.
Color Chart 1
|Blue = Color A; Grey = Color B; Red = Color C|
After completing color chart, work St st with A until piece measures 7-7.5 in (18-19 cm) or desired length.
Next, work decreases. Switch to dp needles as needed.
Round 1: *K3, k2tog* repeat * to * across round = 80 sts.
Round 2 and all even rounds: K across round.
Round 3: *K2, k2tog* repeat * to * across round = 60 sts.
Round 5: *K1, k2tog* repeat * to * across round = 40 sts.
Round 7: K2tog across round = 20 sts.
Round 9: K2tog across round = 10 sts.
Cut yarn end, leaving an 8 in (20 cm) tail. Thread yarn needle and pass through remaining sts and pull tight. Weave in yarn ends. Block if desired and enjoy!
dp – double-pointed needles
CO – cast on
pm – place marker
k – knit
p – purl
k2tog – knit two sts together in the back loops
St st – stockinette stitch
st(s) – stich(es)