May 15, 2014

Nordic Snowflake Beanie | Hat Week

Welcome back to Hat Week! If you have missed any of the past hats in the series, you can find them here: 


About a month ago, I made this birthday beanie with some DROPS Karisma wool that I love. I only used half of the yarn I bought for the first hat, so I immediately started looking around for another Nordic hat pattern to use the extra yarn. I couldn't find a Nordic snowflake hat I liked, so I decided to make one myself. I found a color pattern for a traditional Nordic snowflake and altered it to fit the basic DROPS pattern I used for the past beanie.

I knit the beanie during the return bus trip from a fabulous choir trip and competition at Disneyland. Between the knitting and interspersed games of "Heads Up!" the time passed by much faster.



Thanks for modeling for me, Ruth!
Nordic Snowflake Beanie Pattern
Yarn: DROPS Karisma Superwash: 50 g (1 skein) Navy Blue #17 (A), less than 25 g (1/2 skein) Light Grey #44 (B)
Gauge: 21 sts x 28 rows = 4 x 4 in. (10 x 10 cm) in US 6 stockinette
Finished size: head circumference approx. 21 in. (54 cm), height approx. 9 in. (23 cm)
Needles: US 2 – circular (16 in / 40 cm) or double pointed
                US 6 – circular (16 in. / 40 cm) and double-pointed
Other materials: yarn needle, ruler, stitch marker

Instructions:
CO 120 with US 2 in A (navy). Place a stitch marker to indicate end of round.
For first 2 in (5 cm), rib K2P2 around.
When piece measures 2 in (5 cm), switch to US 6 circular needles.
Row 1: K all and dec 24 sts evenly around to have 96 sts.
Row 2: With B, K all.
Row 3: With A, K all.
Row 4: With B, K all.
Rows 5-6: With A, K all.

Rows 7-21: Follow color chart rows 1-15, knitting each row with six repetitions. Take caution to keep the yarn loose.
If you don’t want to look at the chart, you can follow the written instructions below:

Row 7 (chart row 1): *K1 A, K1 B, K1 A, K1B, K3 A, K1 B, K3 A, K1 B, K1 A, K1 B, K2 A*, repeat * to * 5 more times
Row 8 (2): *K1 B, K2 A, K2 B, K5 A, K2 B, K2 A, K1 B, K1 A*, repeat * to * 5 more times
Row 9 (3): *K3 A, K3 B, K3 A, K3 B, K3 A, K1 B*, repeat * to * 5 more times
Row 10 (4): *K3 B, K1 A, K3 B, K1 A, K3 B, K1 A, K3 B, K1 A*, repeat * to * 5 more times
Row 11 (5): *K1 A, K3 B, K1 A, K2 B, K1 A, K2 B, K1 A, K3 B, K2 A*, repeat * to * 5 more times
Row 12 (6): *K2 A, K3 B, K1 A, K1 B, K1 A, K1 B, K1 A, K3 B, K2 A, K1 A*, repeat * to * 5 more times
Row 13 (7): *K1 B, K2A, K3 B, K1 A, K1 B, K1 A, K3 B, K2 A, K1 B, K1 A*, repeat * to * 5 more times
Row 14 (8): *K1 A, K1 B, K4 A, K1 B, K1 A, K1 B, K4 A, K1 B, K2 A*, repeat * to * 5 more times
Row 15 (9): *K1 B, K2A, K3 B, K1 A, K1 B, K1 A, K3 B, K2 A, K1 B, K1 A*, repeat * to * 5 more times
Row 16 (10): *K2 A, K3 B, K1 A, K1 B, K1 A, K1 B, K1 A, K3 B, K2 A, K1 A*, repeat * to * 5 more times
Row 17 (11): *K1 A, K3 B, K1 A, K2 B, K1 A, K2 B, K1 A, K3 B, K2 A*, repeat * to * 5 more times
Row 18 (12): *K3 B, K1 A, K3 B, K1 A, K3 B, K1 A, K3 B, K1 A*, repeat * to * 5 more times
Row 19 (13): *K3 A, K3 B, K3 A, K3 B, K3 A, K1 B*, repeat * to * 5 more times
Row 20 (14): *K1 B, K2 A, K2 B, K5 A, K2 B, K2 A, K1 B, K1 A*, repeat * to * 5 more times
Row 21 (15): *K1 A, K1 B, K1 A, K1B, K3 A, K1 B, K3 A, K1 B, K1 A, K1 B, K2 A*, repeat * to * 5 more times

Rows 22-23: With A, K all.
Row 24: With B, K all.
Row 25: With A, K all.
Row 26: With B, K all.

When piece is 7 in (18 cm) long, begin decrease. Switch to double-pointed needles when needed.
Row 1: *K4, K2tog*, repeat * to *. You will now have 80 sts.
Row 2 (and all remaining even rows): K all.
Row 3: *K3, K2tog*, repeat * to *. You will now have 64 sts.
Row 5: *K2, K2tog*, repeat * to *. You will now have 48 sts.
Row 7: *K1, K2tog*, repeat * to *. You will now have 32 sts.
Row 9: K2tog across. You will now have 16 sts.
Row 11: K2tog across. You will now have 8 sts.

Cut yarn, leaving an eight-inch tail. Weave in the ends and tuck in all other yarn ends. No blocking necessary.

Abbreviations:
K – knit
P – purl
st(s) – stitch(es)
CO – cast on
K2P2 – knit 2, purl 2
dec – decrease
A – Yarn color A (in example, navy), the color used for ribbing and background of snowflakes.
B – Yarn color B (in example, light grey), the color used for the snowflakes.
Kn A – Knit number of stitches with yarn color A
K2tog – Knit 2 stitches together to decrease

You can find a printable version of this pattern here.

You can find this pattern on Ravelry here.

Tune in tomorrow for the final post of Hat Week!

Happy Crafting!!
--Elizabeth

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