1x1 Ribbed hat
MC Caron Simply Soft Gray; 1 skein
CC Caron Simply Soft Black; 1 skein
1 pair US 7 19″ Circular Needles
1 set US 7 Double Point Needles
from the designer: “This was a pretty quick knit. I really want to call it the NJ Partial Continental Hat but, while it’s pretty descriptive, it seems a bit long. I started this while down in NJ with the plan to make it completely with the Continental (pick) Method. I got about 2 inches in and wanted to kill myself and that is bad. At that point I gave up and went to my favored English (throw) Method. Continental was just so annoying and awkward for me. Surprisingly I had a consistent gauge while on Continental, but it hurt my hand A LOT and I just really didn’t like the motion. I will try it again, even if it kills me. Oh, and it’s my second hat for Made by Hand.
“And yes, you read the title. A pattern (ooohhh). And a free pattern at that (oooooooohhhhhh). It’s nothing special and you can probably find 20 bazillion other hat patterns like it. I don’t normally write up patterns because if I do something off the top of my head, I don’t keep track of my process. Bad, I know, but true. However, this one I actually remembered to track. Sort of. I have not tested the written pattern but plan on doing so shortly. If you do end up using this, please comment or email (deliriumatnycap.rr.com) and let me know if you had/have problems (with the pattern, I’m not a doctor) or if it worked out well.
“I haven’t decided if I like making patterns or if I think I’m a good enough knitter to do so, but I figured coming up with a free one as a test run, can’t be a wholly bad thing. Well, it could, but it’s a learning experience and you can’t learn if you don’t try (or some other thoughtful saying).
“So without further ado, my first pattern is behind the cut.
“I used leftover yarn that I had and it didn’t use a full skein. I’m not exactly sure how much it does use nor am I sure how much was in the skein to begin with as I cannot find the yarn wrapper thing (technical term). If I ever figure it out, I’ll post it here. This is the first pattern I’ve ever made, so please bear with me.
“Edited to Add: This pattern comfortably fits a 21-22″ head and it can get bigger. I haven’t tested it on a smaller head but with the stretch going for the 21-22″ head, I imagine it will fit down to a 19″ head without problem. But I will test it when I find a smaller head.”