March 26, 2008

Magic Ball Hat

Magic Ball Hat

The mixture of different hand dyed and hand painted yarns in Be Sweet’s Magic Ball Yarn, creates a beautiful interplay of textures and colors, you are sure to get a truly unique hat with every ball! There are dozens of luscious colorways to choose from. Plus with the hemmed brim, you can flex your hat making muscle by trying out a technique.

MATERIALS

US size 8 (5 mm) 16” (40 cm) circular needles and double pointed needles
1 skein Be Sweet Magic Ball Yarn (120 yds/110 m)
Approximately 25 yds (22 m) scrap yarn for inner brim
Stitch markers
Darning needle

GAUGE

16 st = 4 in (10cm) in Stockinette stitch

INSTRUCTIONS

With scrap yarn, CO 72 sts (best to use knitted cast on, but not essential). Place marker and join, being careful not to twist. K all sts for 1.5 inches. Purl one round.

Switch to Magic Ball. Work in St st for 1.5 inches (4 cm)
With second needle or double point needle, pick up the stitches along the cast on edge. You do not have to pick them all up at one time, you can do 10 or so stitches at a time. This is not pick up and knit. Just put a needle through the stitches. Now knit one of the Magic Ball stitches together with one of the scrap yarn stitches. This will seam your hem. Alternatively, feel free to just sew the hem later.

Continue in St st until hat measures about 7 inches (18 cm) or desired height from hemmed edge. You will have extra yarn from the magic ball so feel free to change the stripes around or take 2 or 3 out all together.

Decreases: (switch to double pointed needles whenever necessary)

Round 1: *K6, K2tog* repeat around

Round 2: *K5, K2tog* repeat around

Round 3: *K4, K2tog* repeat around

Round 4: *K3, K2tog* repeat around

Round 5: *K2, K2tog* repeat around

Round 6: *K1, K2tog* repeat around

Round 6: *K2tog* repeat around

Cut yarns and, using darning needle, thread through remaining stitches. Pull tight and weave in ends on inside of hat. Wear proudly!

GLOSSARY

sk skein(s)
st st stockinette stitch
K knit
CO cast on
st(s) stitch(es)
K2tog knit two stitches together
BO bind off

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License Allison Isaacs 2004 ImagiKnit


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