June 30, 2017

Ysabel'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.

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Aaaand I'm back with another Semester in the West hat (they're still coming!!) This hat was for Ysabel, our fine Food Manager! She requested an ocean-themed hat with rolling waves and a six-legged octopus (hexapus?) I knitted it the in early November of last year, as we drove two straight days from Big Bend National Park in Texas to Yuma, Arizona (a town near the "international four corners" of California and Arizona, USA, and Sonora and Baja California, Mexico).

Photos are from the last day of Semester in the West, at Whitman's Johnston Wilderness Campus in northeastern Oregon.

Ysabel’s Hat Pattern

Difficulty: Intermediate
Yarn: 1 skein Drops Lima Dark Blue 4305 (A), 0.2 skein Drops Lima Rust 0707 (B), 0.3 skein Drops Lima Red 3609 (C)
Gauge: 21 stitches and 28 rows = 4 in (10 cm) with US 6 in stockinette stitch
Finished size: Fits adult head, approx. 7.5 in (19 cm) long
Needles: US 3 (3.2 mm) dp needles, US 6 (4 mm) circular (9 in/23 cm) and dp needles
Other Materials Needed: stitch marker, ruler, yarn needle

CO 112 sts with US 3 in A. Connect in the round and pm. 

Work 3 rows seed stitch: 
Rows 1 and 3: *k1, p1, k1, p1* across round.
Row 2: *p1, k1, p1, k1* across around.

Work wave pattern with color chart 1. Repeat chart seven times per round.

Then work 3 more rows seed stitch, like above.

Switch to US 6 and k the row while simultaneously decreasing 16 sts evenly around round (*K5, k2tog*) = 96 sts.

Then work octopus (hexapus?!) pattern with color chart 2. Repeat chart three times per round.

After finishing the color chart, continue knitting with A until piece measures 7 in (18 cm) or desired length. Then work decreases:
Row 1: *K4, k2tog* across round = 80 sts.
Row 2 and all even rows: K across round.
Row 3: *K3, k2tog* across round = 64 sts.
Row 5: *K2, k2tog* across round = 48 sts.
Row 7: *K1, k2tog* across round = 32 sts.
Row 9: K2tog across round = 16 sts.
Row 11: K2tog across round = 8 sts.

Color Chart 1
Blue = Color A; Orange = Color B
Color Chart 2
Blue = Color A; Red = Color C
To finish, 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. Block if desired and enjoy!

CO – cast on
dp – double-pointed knitting needles
pm – place stitch marker
k2togknit two sts together in the back loops

Download pattern as a free PDF here. Access the pattern on Ravelry here

See ya next month!

Happy Crafting!!

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