Colourwork goes graphic in this bold hat. Double knitting offers a fresh take on a traditional pattern: since there are no floats to manage, the motifs can be considerably larger, while a double layer of wool offers extra warmth for cold climates. With an innovative construction, knitted seamlessly from a provisional cast-on, Tarradale is fully reversible. A neat swirl crown finishes this hat off to perfection.
To fit head circumference: 51 (56, 61.5) cm / 20 (22, 24.25) in
Hat circumference (unstretched): 47.5 (52.5, 58.5) cm / 18.75 (20.75, 23) in
Height from brim to crown: 25.5 (28, 30.5) cm / 10 (11, 12) in
190 (230, 270) m / 210 (250, 290) yds of each of two colours. It is recommended to use a singles yarn with a high wool content, with some body that will block well. Choose two highly contrasting colours.
Sample is made using:
Kate Davies Designs Milarrochy Tweed (70% wool; 30% mohair; 100 m / 109 yds per 25 g ball). MC – Birkin: 2 (3, 3) balls CC – Lochan: 2 (3, 3) balls
23 sts and 35 rows over 10 cm / 4 in, in double-knit colourwork, using larger needles. Block your swatch according to the finishing directions before measuring.
2.75 mm, 40 cm circular needles
3.00 mm, 40 cm circular needles
Beginning with a provisional cast-on, the crown of the hat is worked as a tube, which is folded in on itself and twisted, before the two ends are joined. The colourwork motif and rib are then worked from the top down in double knitting, to form a perfectly reversible hat.
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