September 30, 2016

Amanda's Hat | SITW Hat Series

This post is part of the Semester in the West Hat Series. Catch up on the latest hats and free patterns below.

This pattern has been published in Issue 12 of Olann and knitting magazine. Find the pattern here.

The backseat knitting continues! Here is Amanda's Hat, the third hat knitted so far. 

I knitted Amanda's Hat over the course of one day driving around the forests in Wallowa County, Oregon. Photos are taken around our camp during our stay in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. 

Amanda helped design this hat of women in a row with hearts. She was aiming for a detail that wasn't too overpowering and kept the hat simple. 

This hat was knitted much faster than past ones because it is brimless. Instead of a brim, the hat has a braid around the bottom, completed with a crochet-like technique after the rest of the hat is knitted.The bottom of the hat can roll up, which gives the hat a more casual, trendy look. 

Amanda's hat is knitted with Drops Karisma in the navy blue and white color ways with US 5 and 6 needles. Amanda's hat nicely complements her "kindergarten chic" style, and has gotten some good use during this trip so far, as it's been quite cold at times. 

Amanda's Hat Pattern
Difficulty: Intermediate
Yarn: 1 skein Drops Karisma in Navy Blue 17 (A), 0.3 skeins Drops Karisma in White 19 (B)
Gauge: 21 stitches and 28 rows = 4 in (10 cm) in stockinette stitch with US 6
Finished size: fits adult head, length of 7 in (18 cm)
Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) 9 in (23 cm) circular or double-pointed needles, US 6 (4 mm) 9 in (23 cm) and double-pointed needles
Other Materials Needed: stitch marker, yarn needle, ruler, size G (4 mm) crochet hook

With US 5 and A, CO 100 sts using provisional cast on. Connect in the round and pm to mark end of round. K all until piece measures 1 in (2.5 cm). 

Switch to US 6, still with A. K 1 round. Then work color pattern with A and B, repeating chart five times per round. 

Blue - Color A; White - Color B
When color pattern is complete, continue knitting with A until piece measures 7 in (18 cm) or desired length. Then work decreases:

Round 1: *K3, k2tog,* repeat * to * = 80 sts. 
Round 2 and all even rounds: K all. 
Round 3: *K2, k2tog,* repeat * to * = 60 sts. 
Round 5: *K1, k2tog,* repeat * to * = 40 sts. 
Round 7: K2tog across = 20 sts. 
Round 9: K2tog across = 10 sts. 

Cut yarn, leaving an 8 in (20 cm) tail. Thread yarn needle and pass through remaining sts, pull tight and securely tie off. Weave in yarn ends.

Work bottom braid. Using the crochet hook and A, undo provisional cast on and work one round of single crochet around hat base. Then work "braid stitch" with a strand of A and B, treating them as if there were only one strand. Slide hook through work, wrap yarn, and pass bottom two loops over top loop. Work "braid stitch" around the base for one round, then tuck in yarn ends. 

Block if desired and enjoy!

k – knit
pm – place marker
k2tog – knit two sts together in the back loops
st(s).– stitch(es)

Stay tuned for more updates—there are lots more hats to share and knit. 

Happy Crafting!!

September 13, 2016

Collin's Hat | SITW Hat Series

In case you missed the memo on my last post, I am exploring the American interior west to learn about the issues surrounding public lands. I am also knitting my way through this adventure by making hats for many of the people on the program with me.

I'm pleased to introduce my second hat, for Collin! Collin went on Semester in the West in 2012 and has returned as the 2016 Tech Manager. He's here to ensure we have functioning internet, server, power, and a general good time in the technology department. While not technically a fellow student on the program, he was super pumped to get a hat, so of course I was happy to oblige. 

Collin chose a mountain skyline pattern, apparently of a range in Montana. I really like the final color choices of a green (tree-covered) lower range and a blue (alpine) upper range. It's an interesting way to approach perspective and illustrating a 3D landscape in a 2D hat. 

The yarn is Drops Karisma and Drops Lima. I knitted the hat in Washington's Methow Valley, and the photos are from our campsite on Starvation Ridge in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. 

Since finishing the hat, the group has encountered some pretty chilly weather. It's always a highlight to see the hats I make be worn and actually put to use. My compliments to Collin, esteemed frequent hat-wearer.

Collin's Hat
Difficulty: Intermediate
Yarn: 1.5 skeins Drops Karisma in Dark Brown Mix 56 (A), 0.5 skeins Drops Karisma in Dark Olive 47 (B), 0.5 skeins Drops Lima in Grey Blue 6235 (C)
Gauge: 21 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) with US 6
Finished Size: fits large adult head, 8.5 inches (21.5 cm) for brim to be folded up
Needles: US 2 (2.75 mm) double-pointed needles, US 6 (4 mm) double-pointed needles and 9 inch (23 cm) circular needle
Other Materials Needed: stitch marker, yarn needle, ruler

CO 136 sts with US 2 in A. Join in the round and place stitch marker at beginning of row. Work *K2, P2* ribbing for 2.25 inches (6 cm).

Switch to US 6 and decrease 28 sts evenly = 108 sts. Knit one more round with A.

Work mountain color chart with A, B, and C. Repeat chart three times for each round. 

White = Color A; Green = Color B, Blue = Color C
After completing color chart, knit two rounds with A. Continue to knit with A until piece is 8 inches (20 cm) long, work decreases:
Row 1: *K4, k2tog,* repeat * to * = 90 sts.
Row 2 and all even rows: K all.
Row 3: *K3, k2tog,* repeat * to * = 72 sts.
Row 5: *K2, k2tog,* repeat * to * = 54 sts.
Row 7: *K1, k2tog,* repeat * to * = 36 sts.
Row 9: *K2tog,* repeat * to * = 18 sts.
Row 11: *K2tog,* repeat * to * = 9 sts.

Cut yarn end, leaving an 8 inch (20 cm) tail. Thread yarn needle and pass through remaining stitches and pull tight. Weave in yarn ends and enjoy!

k – knit
p – purl
k2tog – knit two sts together in the back loops
st(s) – stich(es)

You can get a copy of the pattern on a free PDF here. You can find this pattern on Ravelry here.

I will update the blog with more Westie hats and patterns when I get the chance. Even for a field semester, we have long days and limited free time with Internet, so I have been spending more time knitting than writing patterns online.

Happy Crafting!!