August 30, 2016

Kenzie's Hat | SITW Hat Series

This semester I am on a field program looking at the complexities of American public lands called Semester in the West. I'm joined by 20 other Whitman students, and only a week into the program, we are already pretty great friends. 

As I was preparing for the trip this summer, I wanted to do something special in the knitting department during the car rides as we traveled across 14 states in the US and Mexico. This adventure of a lifetime seemed like a perfect opportunity to also make some great knitting memories.  

What I finally decided to do is to knit a hat for all my fellow "Westies" who are interested. I sent out an email to get an estimate for yarn to buy and made my largest yarn order to date-- over 40 skeins! I also prepared a document full of design ideas-- stitch patterns, color patterns, the works-- for each recipient to have a hand in the hat design process. 

This is the first hat, for Kenzie. I knitted it while driving from Whitman's Johnston Wilderness Campus to our first stop in the Methow Valley in north-central Washington. 

Kenzie chose a modern snowflake fair isle pattern for her hat. The yarn is Drops Karisma in Light Grey and Drops Lima in Green and Petrol, a combination of super wash wool and wool-alpaca blend. 

Kenzie's Hat
Difficulty: Intermediate
Yarn: 1 skein (100m) Drops Karisma in 44 Light Grey (A), 0.5 skein (50 m) Drops Lima in 0705m Green (B), 0.05 skein (5 m) Drops Lima in 0701m Petrol (C)
Gauge: 21 stitches and 28 rows = 4 in (10 cm) in stockinette stitch 
Finished size: fits adult head, 7" length, 21" circumference
Needles: US 2 double-pointed or short circular needle, US 6 double-pointed and 8 in (20 cm) circular needle
Other Materials Needed: stitch marker, yarn needle, ruler

CO 120 sts in A with US 2. Connect in the round and place stitch marker to mark the beginning of a round. Rib *K2, P2* for 2.25 inches (6 cm). 

Switch to US 6 and decrease 24 stitches evenly around the round (*K3, k2tog*) = 96 sts. Knit one more round with A. Knit two rounds with C. 

Work snowflake color pattern with A and B. Repeat chart three times for each round. 
After completing color chart, knit two rounds with C. 

White = Color A; Green = Color B; Blue = Color C
Knit rounds with A until piece measures 7 inches (18 cm) or desired length. Then work decreases:
Round 1: *K4, k2tog,* repeat * to * across round = 80 sts. 
Round 2 and all even rounds: K across. 
Round 3: *K3, k2tog,* repeat * to * across round = 64 sts. 
Round 5: *K2, k2tog,* repeat * to * across round = 48 sts. 
Round 7: *K1, k2tog,* repeat * to * across round = 32 sts. 
Round 9: K2tog across round = 16 sts. 
Round 11: K2tog across round = 8 sts. 

Cut yarn end, leaving an 8 inch tail. Thread yarn needle and pass through remaining stitches and pull tight. Weave in yarn ends and enjoy!

Find a free PDF version of this pattern here. View this pattern on Ravelry here.

Happy Crafting!!