Thursday, June 25, 2015

Accidental Stars and Stripes Hat



I don't knit over the summer nearly as much as I do in the winter (for obvious reasons). But I did take advantage of the warm weather to practice some messy dyeing techniques using kool-aid. As it would happen with trying something new for the first time, I made a bit of a mistake and ended up with yarn in a color scheme I had not intended. I was going for a red/purple/blue ombre effect, but my red and blue didn't end up touching each other and resulted in a red, white, and blue bunch of yarn. 

I put aside the yarn for a while, but with the 4th of July coming up, I decided I might as well whip up a starry tutorial to match my accidental patriotic yarn.




You'll need:

Yarn - worsted weight (you'll want either a self-striping yarn or yarn in multiple colors that you can then create your own stripes with)
Needles - circular US size 8
A tapestry needle to weave in ends

Band
CO 80 stitches
Work 2x2 ribbing until the band of the hat is to your desired length





Increasing
Row 1: *k8, m1* (90 stitches)
Row 2: knit
Row 3: *k9, yo, k9* (95 stitches)
Row 4: knit

Pattern
Row 1: *k2tog,k7, yo, k1, yo, k7, ssk* 
Row 2: knit
Repeat these rows until the hat is to the desired length (6-7" depending on the level of slouchiness you prefer in a hat)

Decreasing
Row 1: *k2tog, k15, k2tog* (85 stitches)
Row 2: knit
Row 3: *k2tog, k13, k2tog* (75 stitches)
Row 4: knit
Row 5: *k2tog, k11, k2tog* (65 stitches)
Row 6: knit
...and you get the idea. Continue decreasing in this manner until you can no longer knit comfortably using your circular needle. Feel free to switch to double points and continue decreasing however you feel, but I hate switching to double points, so I just break yarn and pull through the stitches at this point.

Weave in the ends, block on a plate, and boom! You've got a lovely starry hat!



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