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.

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)

You can access a free PDF of this pattern here. You can find this pattern on Ravelry here

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

Happy Crafting!!

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