December 18, 2014

"Anderson Red" Hat

As I'm wrapping up my first semester of college, I am occasionally reminded that the holidays are coming up. I remember when the obnoxious ads on Spotify for Hallmark cards interrupt my study music, I remember when my parents call to tell me they put up the Christmas tree, I remember when I start humming holiday songs and I don't get any strange looks, for 'tis the season. The paper snowflakes decorating my dorm hall walls are another quaint reminder, but secret snowflakes really encompass the December spirit of giving. 

The third floor of my dorm, referred endearingly as "Club Top," did a "Secret Snowflake" gift exchange last week (non-religious spin-off of "Secret Santa"). We were each matched randomly to someone, and we were to spend no more than $5 on our white elephant-esque gift. Among some gems were second-hand Moon Shoes, a meager collection of balls typically found in ball pits, and picture frames starring the recipients' most embarrassing middle school Facebook portraits.

I decided to take the crafty route and knit a hat for my secret snowflake recipient. Jo-Ann Fabrics sported their typical sub-par selection of yarns (I was searching for some bulky hot pink yarn, is that really too much to ask?) but I made do with a red I'm dubbing #AndersonRed instead.

I also took advantage of this opportunity to design a new masculine beanie pattern. After briefly perusing my beloved stitch dictionary, I soon came up with this slipped arrow motif. And the hat was done in no time, for any de-stresser during this time of year is highly appreciated.

And the hat was a hit! Happy snowflake season, Bryce!

"Anderson Red" Beanie Pattern
Adapted from Big Book of Knitting Stitch Patterns "Arrows"

Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Yarn: approx 1/2 skein (72 yd/65.5 m) Lion Brand's Jiffy, color 189 "Wine"
Gauge: 13 sts & 16 rows in stockinette st = 4" (10 cm)
Finished Size: 8" (20.3 cm) in length, fits adult head
Needles: US 10.5 (6.5 mm) double-pointed needles

Cast on 60 sts. 
Work * K 3, P 2 * repeating * to * for entire round until piece measures 2.5” (6.4 cm), about 12 rounds.
Work stitch pattern (see chart to right), repeating Rows 1-14 twice. Be sure to slip stitches very loosely so the hat will fit!
Row 1: K all.
Row 2: K all.
Rows 3, 8, 13: * K 2, bring yarn forward, sl 3 purlwise, bring yarn back * repeat * to * across.
Row 4, 12: * sl 1 purlwise, bring yarn back, K 2, bring yarn forward, sl 2 purlwise * repeat * to * across.
Row 5, 11: * sl 2 purlwise, bring yarn back, K 2, bring yarn forward, sl 1 purlwise * repeat * to * across.
Row 6, 10: * sl 3 purlwise, bring yarn back, K 2, bring yarn forward * repeat * to * across.
Row 7, 9: * K 1, bring yarn forward, sl 3 purlwise, bring yarn back, K 1 * repeat * to * across.
Row 14: K all.

K all until piece measures 7” (17.8 cm).
Then work decrease (see second chart):
Row 1: * K 4, K 2 tog * repeat * to * across = 48 sts.
Row 2: * K 3, K 2 tog * repeat * to * across = 36 sts.
Row 3: * K 2, K 2 tog * repeat * to * across = 24 sts.
Row 4: * K1, K 2 tog * repeat * to * across = 16 sts.
Row 5: K 2 tog across = 8 sts.

Cut yarn eight inches long, thread yarn needle, and tie together remaining stitches. Weave in the ends.

You can find this pattern on Ravelry here.

You can view this on a free PDF here.

Best of luck to my fellow students taking finals this week. Happy December to the rest of you.

Happy Crafting!!