Monday, February 13, 2006
It's happened - I'm knitting without a pattern. Nicky Epstein's books on decorative edgings have really inspired me to just branch out on my own! Armed with the stitches, Ann Budd's Handy Book of Patterns, and some size changes from the internet, I'm starting to design my own things.
Above you see a green pillbox hat using the twisted openwork rib described in Knitting Over the Edge. Here is a detail of the stitch pattern:
And here is the pattern if you'd like to try it. If you do end up knitting it, I'd appreciate seeing a picture of the final product and also any feedback on problems with the pattern:
Green Pillbox Hat
6 - 12 month size (16" interior circumference, but it's stretchy)
Part of one skein of Knitpicks Sierra in Leaf, or another bulky yarn.
Size 7 dp needles, or size needed to obtain gauge.
Gauge: 15 stitches & 21 rows across 4" in stockinette
CO 72 sts evenly across four dp needles and join for working in the round, being carefuly not to twist stitches. Place marker.
Knit the first six rounds (stockinette)
Rounds 1, 2, and 3: *K3, P1, rep from * to end
Round 4: *YO, K3tog, YO, P1, rep from * to end
Rounds 5, 6, and 7: K1, P1, *K3, P1, rep from *, end K2
Round 8: K1, *YO, K3tog, YO, P1, rep from *, end the round by knitting the last two stitches together with the first stitch of the next round, and shift the marker over to the new beginning stitch of the round
Purl the next four rounds (reverse stockinette)
Knit two rounds
Begin decreases, switching to 3 dpn when necessary:
Round 1: *K7, K2tog, rep from *, 64 sts remain
Round 2: *K6, K2tog, rep from *, 56 sts rem
Round 3: *K5, K2tog, rep from *, 48 sts rem
Round 4: *K4, K2tog, rep from *, 40 sts rem
Round 5: *K3, K2tog, rep from *, 32 sts rem
Round 6: *K2, K2tog, rep from *, 24 sts rem
Round 7: *K1, K2tog, rep from *, 16 sts rem
Round 8: *K2tog, rep from *, 8 sts rem
Here's what the decreases look like:
Break yarn & thread through remaining stitches. Pull to close gap; weave ends in.
I made a pompom for the top of the hat, but you could leave it unadorned as well, or finish it however you'd like.
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