#5 of the greenhouse knits collection: another hat but with a completely different construction.
The hat is first worked back and forth and sideways to form a headband with the leaf stitch pattern. Short rows are worked to form an arch that goes upwards to the crown. Stitches are picked up along the headband to work the crown in the round. Lastly, the two sides of the headband are closed by sewing them together at the inside.
one adaptable size
adaptable for head circumference of 53 to 60 cm / 21” to 23¾ “
Finished height = ± 20 cm (8”)
What you’ll need
worsted / 9 ply
± 140 m / 155 yards
4 mm (US 6) circular needle
20 sts and 30 rows in stockinette stitch = 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)
I made another hat based on this pattern but in two colors and with a few changes.
What I altered: worked the decreases from the left and right twists with CC (contrasting colors, also the 2 middle stitches of each leaf are done in CC.
I changed the background purl stitches in knit stitches.
I worked the crown in the round but that gives an extra problem with the leafs in CC. It is like working intarsia in the round. I think it is a better idea to continue to work flat and seam the crown as the headband.
I like the tassels on my new hat, but I want to try something else …
This is my hat without any pompom, tassel or anything …
In the large photo my hat is soaked in water and left to dry on a plate for a ‘beret’ look. The small photo on the right is ‘unblocked’.
And here with tassels (see previous post how to make them)
Maybe a pompom ? (see here)
With other materials ? and a different look ?
Crochet chain might work … in a pop color. Let’s try.
I used some cheap acrylic yarn but with a terrific orange color to try it out. Crochet a chain of about 3 m / 3.30 yards (or longer), break the yarn and tie off.
Wind the chain around the thumb and pinky as shown. Cut another piece of yarn or use the 2 ends of your crochet chain to tie it firmly in the middle. That’s it.
some curls ? knit ?
I used DK yarn and 4 mm / US 6 needles
Curl 1: Curl 2: Curl 3:
Cast on 24 sts Cast on 20 sts Cast on 20 sts
row 1: purl all stitches. row 1: pfb* every stitch row 1: k1, yo, k1*
row 2: kfb* every stitch. You now have 40 sts in every stitch.
You now have 48 sts Bind off all stitches You have 60 sts
row 3: purl all stitches. Bind off all stitches
Bind off all stitches
- kfb: knit in the front and back leg of the same stitch
- pfb: purl in the front and back leg of the same stitch
- k1, yo, k1: knit 1 st , yarn over, knit 1 st in the same stitch
1, 2 or 3 ?
part two of pompom and Co: tassels and cords (see here for part 1: the real thing)
How to make tassels
Cut a piece of cardboard at the length of the tassel you want to make (the cardboard in the sample is 5.5 cm / 2“).
Wind the yarn all around The more you wind the Cut a piece of yarn (± 20 cm
the cardboard. fuller the tassel. / 8”), thread it in a tapestry
… Cut the yarn. needle. Slide the needle be-
… tween the cardboard and
… the yarn.
Pull the needle through At the opposite side cut Remove the cardboard.
and tie a knot. through all the yarn wrapped
… around the cardboard.
Cut a 2nd piece of yarn
about 3 times the length of
the tassel, wind it at least
twice around the tassel to
form the head. Tie it very
firmly and cut the ends at
the same length as the tassel.
Ready … unless you want it to hang at the end of a cord …
How to make a cord
Decide how long and thick you want your cord to be. Each piece of yarn will be folded in half, twisted and folded on itself again, so using one strand results in a 4 strands thick cord. Using two strands will give you an eight strands thick cord (see left margin). Cut one (or more) piece(s) of yarn at four times the length of the cord you want to make.
Fold the strand(s) in half. Hold the ends in your left Stretch the yarn and place
. hand. your right index finger in
… the loop at the folded side.
… Start twisting.
Continue to twist in the Remove your finger from Tie all the ends firmly in a
same direction until the the loop and fold the little knot and trim the
yarn is completely twisted twisted cord in half. Hold ends but don’t cut too
and tightened up. the two ends together. much because the knot
… The cord will twist on itself. could be undone
Attach the tassels to the cord and hide any yarn ends in the tassel. As you can see in the next pic the cords are the finer ones made with only one strand.
And here they are on my new hat
I have been concocting something the past weekend. It’s an idea I had for some time, but just now found the time and courage to test it out …
Something quick, fun, special, striped, … and ideal to work up little leftovers
I made it as a set: a beanie and a cowl.
I worked back and forth, but also kind of in the round in one piece and really completely seamless.
Off the needles and ready to wear.
And … : no purling …
I used a circular needle and magic loop. I didn’t try double pointed needles and I don’t know if it is possible, but I guess double pointed experts can do it.