28 January 2013

Striped Light Stashbuster Hat Easy Crown Pattern

I'm using up my stash on these simple, striped hats.
Knitting in the round creates an uneven stripe. This can be fixed with a simple technique, demonstrated here.

Yarn: DK
Any DK yarn. I try not to mix materials - all the yarn used on this hat is 100% wool.

(6mm for casting on) 5mm, 5.5mm & 5.5mm DPN

Using 6mm needles cast on 90 stitches. (Old Norwegian cast on)
Switch to 5mm needles and K4, P2 until work measures 10cm

Change to 5.5mm needles. Place a marker and Knit.

I changed colour as and when I felt like it, or when yarn in that colour ran out. I didn't make a plan.

Knit until work measures 28cm.

K2tog until there are 10 stitches left, switching to double pointed needles when necessary.

Cut yarn, leaving a 25/30cm tail.

Thread the loose end onto a darning/tapestry needle.

Beginning with the stitch you would knit, if you were to knit, thread the tail through all the stitches and remove the knitting needles.

Pull the tail tight to close up the hole.

Sew through to the inside of the hat and sew/weave in the loose end.

This technique is demonstrated beautifully in this video by Judy Graham.

If you have any questions or suggestions on how it could be improved, 
please contact me.