Bóithrín by Woolly Wormhead
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January 2012
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in Stocking stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
5.0 mm (H)
55 - 97 yards (50 - 89 m)
15 (17, 20) in/38 (43.25, 50.75) cm
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Bóithrín (pronounced ‘Boreen’) is Irish for ‘a little road’

My little boy loves cars. And trucks. And bikes. And aeroplanes. And motorbikes. And lorries. And diggers. And cranes. And trains. And buses, which is pretty handy, as we live in a bus. It doesn’t matter whether it’s an old rusty banger or slick stickered racing car, if it moves and makes a noise, he wants one.

And so this Hat, inspired by race tracks, road markings and tyre treads came to be. Bóithrín is the perfect Hat for little boys obsessed with vehicles, a modern take on the classic intarsia motif pieces and the perfect project to practice a few new techniques.

Square Top Hat, Yarn A: 32 (42, 53) yd/ 29 (38, 48) m
Square Top Hat, Yarn B: 26 (34, 44) yd/ 23 (31, 40) m
Beanie, Yarn A: 32 (42, 52) yd/ 29 (38, 47) m
Beanie, Yarn B: 23 (32, 43) yd/ 21 (29, 39) m
31yd/29m for a 6x6in/15x15cm swatch in St.St
Worsted weight, plied yarn.

Needles & Notions 
Pair 4.5mm/UK7/US7 straight needles or size needed to obtain gauge
4.5mm crochet hook
Approx. 2yd/2m waste yarn
Stitch marker as necessary
Tapestry needle

Sample details 
Shown in Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted (95yd/86m per 50g; 100% Superwash Merino)
Both versions shown in size 20in/50.75cm on model with 20in/50.75cm circumference head


20 sts x 26 rows to 4in/10cm on 4.5mm needles over St.St.


To fit size: 
15 (17, 20) in/38 (43.25, 50.75) cm
Finished size: 12.25 (14.75, 17.25) in/31 (37.5, 43.75) cm
Finished depth: 5.75 (6.25, 6.75) in/14.5 (15.75, 17.25) cm

Skills required
Knit & purl sts, increases & decreases, short rows, provisional cast-on, grafting

Pattern contents 
Written & charted instructions.

Do you need help with this pattern? We have a specific discussion thread in the Wormhead’s Hats group where you can ask any questions.