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Beauty of a Basketweave Hat

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If the rich, yet feminine, coloring of this Beauty of a Basketweave Hat isn't enough to have you grasping for your knitting needles in anticipation, the lovely woven design is. This pattern will teach you how to knit a hat that really stands out from the bunch in a creative, yet classy, way. This knit hat is made using just one skein of a luxurious wool yarn, so your designer-quality hat won't break the bank. Try pairing it with a black cardigan or another subdued top to really help the colors pop.

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size: 7 or 4.5 mm, 8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

Yarn Weight: (4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

BONUS! Enter to win 3 skeins of Lanaloft yarn! Contest ends 4/26/15

 

Materials:

  • Brown Sheep Company, Inc. Lanaloft (100% Wool; 160 yards [146 meters]/100 grams); LL83W Victorious Violet – 1 skein
  • One 16” circular needle in size US 7
  • One 16” circular needle in size US 8
  • One set of double pointed needles (dpns), also in size US 8
  • Stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle

 

Abbreviations:

p = purl

k = knit

tog = together

ssk = slip slip knit

psso = pass slip stitch over

 

Gauge: 18 stitches = 4 inches on size US 8 needles.

 

Instructions

First, using your size 7 circular needle, cast on 96 stitches loosely, place marker, and join in round.

Since this hat has no edging, we’re going to move right to the main pattern, which goes as follows. Do note, however, that you’ll be changing to your size 8 circular needles after half of the pattern motif (it’s also noted below).

 

Rows 1 - 5: * p7, k5; rep from *

Row 6: knit

 

Beauty of a Basketweave HatOn your first pattern repeat, here’s where you’ll switch to your size 8 needles. Go ahead and ignore this note after you switch your first time, since that’s the only switch there is!

 

Rows 7 - 11: * p1, k5, p6 *

Row 12: knit

 

Knit rows 1 – 12 four times, and then we’ll begin the decreases. So let’s proceed as follows:

 

Decrease Row 1: * (p1, p2tog) twice, p1, k5 * (80 stitches)

Decrease Row 2: * p5, k5 *

 

You may want to switch to your dpns at this point…

 

Decrease Row 3: * p1, p3tog, p1, k5 * (64 stitches)

Decrease Row 4: * p3, k5 *

Decrease Row 5: * p3tog, k5 * (48 stitches)

Decrease Row 6: knit

Decrease Row 7: * p1, ssk, k1, k2tog * (32 stitches)

Decrease Row 8: * p1, k3 *

Decrease Row 9: * p1, slip 2 together knitwise-k1-p2sso * (16 stitches)

Decrease Row 10: * k2tog * (8 stitches)

 

Clip yarn tail, use tapestry needle to thread through remaining 8 stitches, and pull tight. Thread to inside of hat and knot. Tuck in ends.

 

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Love, love, love basket weave stitch! For some reason that stitch on this hat looks very Roaring Twenties to me. I love the variegated yarn in this rose color, but the basket weave pattern will look just as good in a solid color.

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