October 10, 2016

Thomas'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.

We're still driving so I'm still knitting. This is the fourth Semester in the West hat, for Thomas!


Thomas's hat is the hat of superlatives: most original, most difficult to design, most enthusiastic recipient. Thomas's design of a keyboard and snowy trees wins the originality award so far. To be perfectly honest, I was skeptical this design was going to work out, but Thomas undoubtedly pulls it off.



After finishing Amanda's hat, I took a week off from knitting to relax on a 46 mile canoe trip along the Upper Missouri River in northern Montana. Then it was off to the races to design Thomas's hat, which was definitely the most challenging. Balancing the three factors of the keyboard pattern stitch repeat, the tree pattern stitch repeat, and keeping the common factor in the range to create a hat for a human head was not as straight-forward as past hats have been, but I'm so glad this worked out! 


I knitted Thomas's hat as we drove many hours across Montana to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, which is where these photos are taken. This project kept me sane in the backseat during some very long travel days. On the way, we listened to excerpts of Dee Brown's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee on audiotape to educate ourselves on local history and prepare for our stay in Indian Country.



The yarn is Drops Karisma in the Dark Olive, Dark Grey, and White colorways, as well as Drops Lima in Grey Blue. The needles used are US 2 for the brim and US 6 for the body. 

Thomas has been getting some good use out of this hat on this trip, which is great to see!


Thomas's Hat Pattern
aka "Piano Keys and Snowy Trees"
Difficulty: Intermediate--good to have done stranded color work before
Yarn: 0.5 skeins Drops Karisma Dark Olive 47 (A), 0.3 skeins Drops Karisma White 19 (B), 0.25 skeins Drops Karisma Dark Grey 53 (C), 0.5 skeins Drops Lima Grey Blue 6235 (D)
Gauge: 21 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) with US 6 stockinette stitch
Finished Size: Fits large adult head, 7.5 in (19 cm) length
Needles: US 2 (2.75 mm) double-pointed needles, US 6 (4 mm) double-pointed and 9 in (23 cm) circular needles
Other Materials Needed: yarn needle, ruler, stitch marker

CO 120 sts with US 2 and A. Connect in the round and pm to mark end of round. Work *k2, p2* ribbing for 1.5 in (4 cm).

Switch to US 6 and work Row 1 of Color Chart 1 with B and C, while simultaneously decreasing 15 sts evenly around round (*K6, k2tog*) = 105 sts. Continue working Color Chart 1, repeating chart three times for each round. Then work Color Chart 2, also repeating chart three times for each round. Continue with decreases (starting Row 17), switching to double-pointed needles when desired.
Color Chart 1
Grey = Color B; Black = Color C
Color Chart 2
Green = Color A; Grey = Color B; Blue = Color D
After working decreases in Color Chart 2 = 15 sts. Finish decreases:

Row 29: K1, *k2tog,* repeat * to * = 8 sts.

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

Abbreviations:
kknit
ppurl
k2togknit two sts together in the back loops
pm – place marker
CO – cast on

st(s)stich(es)

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

Until next time,

Happy Crafting!!
--Elizabeth