Carom by Hunter Hammersen
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Carom

Knitting
February 2011
DK (11 wpi) ?
5.5 stitches = 1 inch
in blocked stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
150 - 200 yards (137 - 183 m)
See notes below, at 5.5spi, fits a head of about 18 [21, 24] inches
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Carom verb
- to collide and rebound, to ricochet

So I need to make a little confession. I have this tendency, when I finish a project, to go ‘hmmm, so what would happen if I tweaked this bit over here a little, and maybe zapped this bit over here?’ Before you know it, I have a second project on the needles. That totally happened here, and you get to benefit from my indecisive nature!

The pattern includes both versions of the hat. The first, shown here without a folded brim, uses a larger version of the stitch motif and is lovely and lacy. The second, shown here with a folded brim, uses a bit more compact version of the motif and is solid instead of lacy. Either one can be knit with or without the folded brim, and the crowns of both are an absolute delight.

Each hat is written in three sizes (90, 105, or 120 stitch cast on for one, 91, 104, 117 stitch cast on for the other), and you should feel free to adjust your gauge a bit to fine tune the fit of the pieces. Just be sure that you’re working at a gauge that gives you a fabric you like with your chosen yarn!

I recommend working at something around 5.25, 5.5, or 5.75 stitches per inch, and I’ve included a table to help you figure out what gauge you’ll want to use for your size.

With that range of sizes and gauges, the hats will fit a head between 18 and 25 inches (with lots of points in between).

These are perfect for you if:

  • You like to keep your options open
  • You’ve got a lone skein of DK looking for a project

They’re not for you if:

  • You don’t like charts
  • The thought of picking which one to make first gives you a headache