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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sugar Twist Hat

Free pattern time again!! It's going to start getting chilly again soon (although today is no indicator of that. I was the crazy lady walking down the street in a winter coat, hat, and scarf. It's 82 degrees today!), and you'll need something to keep the heat in your noggin. I know I do, plus I wanted to have a hat to match the Cable Twist scarf I made and had just enough Malabrigo left over to do so. I've always thought that Malabrigo looked like cotton candy spun into yarn (and although that would create a huge sticky mess, it would literally be the most delicious yarn ever!), so I name thee:

Sugar Twist Hat


Yarn: Malabrigo Gruesa (100% Wool; 3.5 oz; 65 yds): #100 Rosa Viejo, 2 skeins (I only used a small portion of the second skein, so if you make a smaller version you could get away with 1 skein)

Needles: 1 set US 10 (6.0mm) dpns & one 16 in. circular needle

Other Stuff: Cable needle, stitch markers, tapestry needle

Gauge: 10 sts & 18 rows = 4 in. in reverse stockinette st (that's where the right side of the work is the purl side, just in case ;)

Size: this fits my 21 in. head nice and snug; any adjustments to the stitch count will alter the look of the cable, but if you do need to add or subtract stitches, I would do that evenly throughout the purl sections.

* I edited the pattern a little to make the hat longer. If you have short/thin hair, go with the fewer rows. If you have long/thick hair, definitely add the extra rows. *


CO 60 sts.

Place marker(pm) and join yarn (and yes, be careful not to twist), then K2, p2 across all sts. Repeat for 4 rows total.

Row 1: P10, pm, K10, pm; repeat to end of row

Row 2: P10, slip marker (sm), K10, sm; repeat to end of row

Repeat Row 2 eight/ten more times.

Cable Row: *P10, slip 5 st to cable needle(cn), hold in front of work, K5 sts, K5 sts from cn; repeat from * to end of row.

Repeat Row 2 for ten rows.

Decrease Rows:

Row 1: P8, P2tog, sm, K8, SSK, sm; repeat to end of row.

Row 2: P9, sm, K9, sm; repeat to end of row.

Row 3: P7, P2tog, sm, K7, SSK, sm; repeat to end of row.

Row 4: P8, sm, K8, sm; repeat to end of row.

Row 5: P2tog, P to 2 st before m, P2tog, sm K2tog, K to 2 st before m, SSK, sm; repeat to end of row.

Row 6: Purl the purls, knit the knits ;)

Row 7: Repeat Row 5

Row 8: Repeat Row 6

Row 9: P2tog twice, K2tog, SSK; repeat to end of row.

Row 10: Repeat Row 6

Row 11: P2tog, K2tog; repeat to end of row.

Break yarn and weave in ends. Wear with love!

For your viewing pleasure I'll give you another shot from my very brief photo session (any longer and I would have fainted from heat exhaustion!). I assure you, this is the one in which I look the LEAST pissed off:


I was looking right into the sun, it was very hot, and there was a squirrel on the power lines that was none too happy about me shooting near his garden and was telling me all about it. I blame the sun mostly. Next time we shall wait another hour when the sun's not so high.


Michele / akkasha said...

I like the pattern. Great work. I am thinking it might even work with some handspun yarn. I might have to make some Xmas pressies...

Anonymous said...

There is a scarf also with the hat, do you have a pattern for that you could share?

ZombieCat said...

The scarf was a published pattern that a friend had. I forget the name of it, but this one on Ravelry may very well be the same one. At the very least, it's similar.