събота, 18 февруари 2017 г.

Squares Math Hath #2


I designed this hat for my husband. But I think it goes well on women too. At least I would wear it! It is kind of reversible and is stretchy. That's why it fits really well. The yarn I used is wool. The color surprised me since I ordered black. It turns out that it is hard to take photos of brown garments. I hope you can see what I see and I will try this hat with different yarn next time.

You could easily change the pattern according to your gauge. You will decrease for each square so you could increase or decrease the number of squares.
Half of the stitches are knit through the back loop - it gives the interesting look. Of course you could knit those stitches through front look but it will have a slightly different look. If you do so, knit the ribbing with smaller needles size.


Gauge: 26 stitches and 28 rows in squares pattern. (like the body of the hat).

I used 40 cm 4 mm circular needles and change to magic loop when decreasing. You will need stitch marker to mark the beginning of the row. You will also need tapestry needle and scissors for finishing off.

The finished height of this hat is 19 cm and 20 cm wide not stretched. It fits on average adult - 56 cm.

Abbreviations
sts - stitches
k - knit
p - purl
ktbl - knit through back loop - the stitch will be slightly twisted
k2tog - knit 2 stitches together
[ ] rep - repeat till the end of row
( )x 2 - repeat the sequence in the brackets 2 times

Pattern
Cast on 110 sts using the long tail cast on method. Join for working in the round and place stitch marker.

Ribbing
row 1 - 10: p, ktbl

Body 
row 1: [k5, (ktbl, p) x 2 , ktbl] rep
row 2: [p5, (ktbl, p) x 2 , ktbl] rep

Repeat row 1 and 2  3 more times. This is the first row of squares.

row 9: [(ktbl, p) x 2, ktbl, k5] rep
row 10: [(ktbl, p) x 2, ktbl, p5] rep

Repeat row 9 and 10 3 more times. This is the second row of squares.

Knit 3 more rows of squares, alternating them. Or knit until the body of the hat measures 14 cm - 5 inches and a half.


Decreases
row 1: [(ktbl, p) x 2, ktbl, k, k2tog, k2] rep
row 2 [(ktbl, p) x 2, ktbl, p4] rep
row 3: [(ktbl, p) x 2, ktbl, k, k2tog, k] rep
row 4: [(ktbl, p) x 2, ktbl, p3] rep
row 5: [(ktbl, p) x 2, ktbl, k, k2tog] rep
row 6: [(ktbl, p) x 2, ktbl, p2] rep
row 7: [(ktbl, p) x 2, ktbl, k2tog] rep
row 8: [(ktbl, p) x 2, ktbl, p1] rep
row 9: (k, k2tog, k2, ktbl) rep
row 10: (p4, ktbl) rep
row 11: (k, k2tog, k, ktbl) rep
row 12: (p3, ktbl) rep
row 13: (k2tog, ktbl) rep (22)
row 14: (k2tog) rep
row 15: (k2tog) x 5, k1
Finish off.

I would love to see your finished hat in ravelry!


сряда, 8 февруари 2017 г.

Cables Math Hat #1

I designed that hat even though the snow was melting and winter was almost over. I suppose there are still some cold days to come. I love the winter's end. Cables provide a stretchy fabric and I really like the tight fit of the adult S. I wanted the ribbing to be short and broken knit stitch really reminds me of cables somehow. The stitches are gracefully decreasing in the crown. I really love doing that kind of math! Since this is my first knit pattern written down I really hope it's understandable. I will definitely take more photos next time. Please feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions.
You will need superwash merino(I used Performance Merino Passion - Bulgarian yarn.) - bulky (120 gr, about 140m), 5 mm 40 cm circular needles for the body, 4 mm 40cm circular needles for the ribbing, cable needle, tapestry needle, scissors, stitch marker. Longer circular needles for decreasing or dpns. You can also use magic loop with longer circulars.
Gauge is 17 stitches in stockinette are 10 cm. Knit a few rows and measure

This is adult S in the images - it is a tight fit for adults.

The pattern is written in two sizes - teenage/adult S and adult Large - adult S (adult L).

How to read the pattern:
It is worked in the round. Slip the stitch marker when finishing a row. 
k2tog - this is knit 2 stitches together - right leaning decrease
ssk - this is slip slip knit - left leaning decreases
k2 - knit 2 stitches 
Think of the pattern as cables joined together. But even if you don't have much cable experience it's a great start. 

With 4 mm needles cast on 108 (126) using the long tail cast on. Place stitch marker and join for working in the round. 
Row 1 - 5: The ribbing is worked one knit stitch through the back loop (k1tbl), one purl stitch. It is broken rib stitch in the round. (For adult L you can make the ribbing 8 rows.)


The Body of the hat Change to 5 mm needles.
You will repeat the following pattern 4 times(5 times):
row 1: knit 
row 2: knit
row 3: move 3 stitches to the cable needle and leave them in front, knit 3 stitches, knit the stitches from the cable needle, knit 3 stitches. The pattern is 9 stitch. Repeat it till the end of this round.
row 4: knit
row 5: knit
row 6: knit
row 7: knit 3, move 3 stitches to the cable needle and leave them in back, knit 3 stitches, knit the stitches from the cable needle.
row 8: knit

Crown
The decreases are made the following way:
row 1: knit
row 2: knit
row 3: (move 3 stitches to the cable needle and leave them in front, knit 3 stitches, k2tog, k1 from the cable needle, knit 3 stitches) repeat. The decrease is hidden in the back of the cable. After that row you will have a total of 96 (112) stitches.
row 4: knit
row 5: (k6, k2tog) x 12 (14) times. Stitches left - 84 (98)
row 6: knit
row 7:  (k2tog, k3, ssk) x 12 (14) times. Stitches left - 60 (70)
Slip 2 stitches purlwise and move the beginning of the row here moving the marker after those 2 stitches. Change to magic loop or dpns.
row 8: (move 3 stitches to the cable needle in front, k2tog, k1, k3 from the cable needle, k4) repeat 6 (7) times. Stitches left - 54 (63)
row 9: (k2tog, k3, ssk, k2) rep 6 (7) times. Stitches left - 42 (49)
Slip the first stitch purlwise. Move the stitch marker one stitch to the left.
row 10: (k5, k2tog) rep 6 (7) times. Stitches left - 36 (42)

(Knit the next row for adult L only
row 10L: (k2tog, k4) rep 7 times. Stitches left 36)

row 11: (move 3 stitches to the cable needle in front, k2tog, k1, k3 from the cable needle) rep 6 (7) times. Stitches left 30

row 12: (k2tog, k3) rep 6 times. Stitches left 24
row 13: ssk around 12 times. Stitches left 12
row 14: ssk around 6 times. Stitches left 6
Cut yarn, using tapestry needle finish off.