November 13, 2016

Signe'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.
Kenzie | Collin | Amanda | Thomas | Maggie

It's time to share another hat! My sixth hat is for Signe. Signe is a fellow environmental sociology major, great running partner, and a fun goofy person that makes every day on this program an adventure.


Signe is also an aspiring elf and certified Christmas lover, so it's fitting that she requested the most Christmas-like design yet. This snowflake is a modern spin on the traditional Nordic snowflake. "Christmas in July" is a common saying in crafting circles; "Christmas in September"--when this hat was designed and completed--isn't even questionable. And now in November, it's expected--stores are already offering free gift-wrapping and the candy now has Christmas trees on the packaging. 



I knitted Signe's hat as we drove through Wyoming to Utah. I started it in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, outside of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, continued working on it  around various places in the Fishlake National Forest of south-central Utah, and finished the hat while in Castle Valley, Utah, where these photos were taken. 



The yarn is Drops Karisma in Red and White, and Drops Lima in Goldenrod. I used US 2 and US 6 needles. 



A word to knitters about color work technique: For Signe's hat, I tried something new. Instead of the traditional stranding with yellow by dragging the yarn behind, I cut four different strands and kept them locally sourced to the yellow accessory by the snowflakes. I'm still unsure as to whether this technique is a better alternative, given that the yellow parts aren't interwoven as seamlessly this way, but it certainly is an option and a great way to avoid juggling three-color stranding rows.

Enjoy the free hat pattern below!



Signe’s Hat Pattern
Difficulty: Intermediate
Yarn: 1 skein Drops Karisma Red 48 (A), 0.5 skein Drops Karisma White 19 (B), 0.1 skein Drops Lima Goldenrod 2923 (C)
Gauge: 21 stitches and 28 rows = 4 in (10 cm) with US 6 in stockinette stitch
Finished Size: Fits adult head, 7.5 in (19 cm) long
Needles: US 2 (2.75 mm) dp needles, US 6 (4 mm) 9 in (23 cm) circular and dp needles
Other Materials Needed: stitch marker, ruler, yarn needle

With A and US 2, CO 120 sts. Connect in the round and pm. Work *k2, p2* ribbing for 1.5 in (3.5 cm).

Switch to US 6 and work first round of color chart with B, while simultaneously decreasing 24 sts evenly around round (*K4, k2tog*) = 105 sts. Continue working color chart, repeating chart four times for each round.

Continue with decreases, starting with round 38. Switch to dp needles when desired. 

Decreases are elaborated in written form below:
Round 38: *k2A, k1B, k1A, k2tog* across round = 80 sts.
Rounds 39, 41, 43, 45, & 47: K across round with A.
Round 40: *k3A, k2tog* across round = 64 sts.
Round 42: *k2A, k2tog* across round = 48 sts.
Round 44: *k1A, k2tog* across round = 32 sts.
Round 46: k2tog across round with A = 16 sts.
Round 48: k2tog across round with A = 8 sts.

Red = Color A; Grey = Color B; Yellow = Color C
[ / ] = K2tog; [X] = No Stitch
After completing color chart, eight sts remain. 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:
k – knit
p – purl
CO – cast on
pm – place marker
st(s) – stitch(es)

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

Until next time,
Happy Crafting!!
--Elizabeth

November 4, 2016

Maggie'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.


Though it has been a few weeks since I've updated the SITW hat project, I am keeping a much better pace in real life. But this is my favorite hat so far, a fair-isle gnomes hat for Maggie! I knitted this hat whilst driving across Wyoming from our time at the Pine Ridge Reservation and a stop in Gillette, energy capital of the country and the heart of the coal mining in the Powder River Basin.  


Maggie's hat was an absolute pleasure to design and knit, and it was done in a mere two days. Instead of a brim, there's a braid that can be rolled up just like Amanda's Hat. Photos are taken from our glorious camp at Whiskey Basin Wildlife Habitat Management Area, near Jackson Hole, Wyoming.



The yarn is Drops Karisma in Dark Grey, Red, Light Grey, and White, and Drops Lima in Grey Blue and Green. I used US 4 and 6 needles, as well as a size G crochet hook (read: single US 6 double-pointed knitting needle). 



It's always great to see this hat being worn around camp. To me, the colors and design is very cheerful and happy, perfectly fitting Maggie's smiley persona.


Maggie’s Hat Pattern
Difficulty: Intermediate
Yarn: 1 skein Drops Karisma Dark Grey 53 (A), 0.3 skein Drops Karisma Red 48 (B), 0.1 skein Drops Lima Grey Blue 6235 (C), 0.1 skein Drops Lima Green 205m (D), 0.1 skein Drops Karisma Light Grey 44 (E), 0.1 skein Drops Karisma White 19 (F)
Gauge: 21 stitches and 28 rows = 4 in (10 cm) with US 6 in stockinette stitch
Finished Size: Fits adult head, 7 in (18 cm) length
Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm) dp or 9 in (23 cm) circular needles, US 6 (4 mm) dp and 9 in (23 cm) circular needles
Other Materials Needed: ruler, darning needle, stitch marker, size G crochet hook

With US 4 and A, CO 96 sts using provisional cast on. Connect in the round and pm to mark end of round. K all for 5 rounds.

Switch to US 6 and work color chart, repeating chart four times per round.

Dark Grey = Color A; Red = Color B; Grey Blue = Color C;
Green = Color D; Grey = Color E; White = Color F

When color chart is complete, continue knitting with A until piece measures 7 in (18 cm) or desired length. Then work decreases:

Row 1: *K4, k2tog,* repeat * to * across round = 80 sts.
Row 2 and all even rows: K across.
Row 3: *K3, k2tog,* repeat * to * across round = 64 sts.
Row 5: *K2, k2tog,* repeat * to * across round = 48 sts.
Row 7: *K1, k2tog,* repeat * to * across round = 32 sts.
Row 9: K2tog across round = 16 sts.
Row 11: K2tog across round = 8 sts.

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

Abbreviations:
k – knit
CO – cast on
pm – place marker
k2tog – knit two sts together in the back loops
dp – double-pointed needles
st(s) – stich(es)

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

Enjoy!

Happy Crafting!!
--Elizabeth