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!

Abbreviations: 
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!!
--Elizabeth

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