Haymarket

Released for International Workers Day 2013

Show off variegated yarns in reverse stockinette with this on-trend spring beanie. With a rolled brim worked in stockinette, and a reverse stockinette body, this would make an ideal on-the-go project to use up small amounts of busy sock yarns. A no-purl method is used for working the entire hat body.

Designed to work with Countess Ablaze’s highly saturated colourways, this cute hat is light and small enough to keep in your bag for shady days – or in your pocket in case you need a swift disguise.

MATERIALS

Countess Ablaze Tia Merino (100% Superwash merino wool; 366 metres // 400 yards per 100g) in Blushing Tiger.
Or 160 metres // 175 yards of 4ply-weight yarn;

Needle A: 40cm // 16-inch circular needle, double-pointed needles, or preferred needle for working small circumferences, that gets you gauge;
Needle B: 40cm // 16-inch circular needle, double-pointed needles, or preferred needle for working small circumferences, one size smaller than Needle A;

5 stitch markers;
Tapestry needle.

GAUGE

26 sts x 36 rows = 10cm // 4 inches in stockinette worked in the round, washed.
Suggested needle size = 3.75mm // US5

SIZING & DIMENSIONS

Hat circumference (unstretched): 46 cm // 18 inches;
Edge to crown length: 26 cm // 10.5 inches OR custom;

ABBREVIATIONS

k = knit;
k2tog = knit two together (1 stitch decreased);
m = marker;
pm = place marker;
psso = pass the slipped stitch over the last worked stitch (1 stitch decreased);
sl m = slip marker;
sl kwise = slip the stitch as if to knit;
wyib = holding the yarn at the back of the work;
sts = stitch(es);
yo = yarn over (wrap the yarn over the top of the needle from front to back) (1 stitch increased).

DIRECTIONS

Using Needle A, cast on 104 sts using a medium-stretchy method, e.g. long-tail, thumb.

Join to work in the round. Pm for start of round.

Knit one round.

Change to Needle B. Knit all rounds for 4cm // 1.5 inches.

Change to Needle A.

No-purl set up round: Yo, turn work, take yarn to back, k to 1 st from end, k2tog (working yo with final st of round).

Knit all rounds until hat measures 20cm // 8 inches or 6cm // 2.5 inches shorter than desired length.

Decrease set up round: K 26, pm, k 26, pm, k 26, pm, k to 1 st before m.

Decrease round: * Pm, sl 1 kwise wyib, remove m, k2tog, psso, k to 1 st before m, repeat from * three more times, k 1.

Even round: * K to m, sl m, repeat from * twice more, k to 1 st before m.

Repeat the last two rounds until 16 sts remain on the needles.

Next round: * Sl 1 kwise wyib, remove m, k2tog, psso, k to 1 st before m, repeat from * three more times, k 1.

Break yarn and draw end through the remaining stitches.

FINISHING

Weave in ends.
Block gently to the dimensions given in Sizing.