Cichlid Hats by Rachel Brockman

Cichlid Hats

Knitting
October 2018
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch with larger needles
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
250 - 374 yards (229 - 342 m)
Toddler (Child, Adult Small, Adult Medium, Adult Large)
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PATTERN NOTES
Bamboo Bloom Handpaints, the yarn used for the body of this hat is striking and unique. When worked in modest stockinette stitch, the colors in this yarn play together beautifully. The way this yarn works up reminds me of the interesting patterning seen on many cichlid varieties of fish.

The Cichlid Hats are worked in the round from the bottom up. The twisted ribbing fits snugly around the forehead but body of the hat is quite slouchy due to the difference in gauge between the two yarns used.

SIZES
Toddler (Child, Adult Small, Adult Medium, Adult Large)
Adult Small sample pictured.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Height: 9¾ (10¾, 11¼, 11¾, 12¼)” with brim uncuffed (excluding pom pom); 7¾ (8½, 8¾, 9, 9½)” with brim cuffed (excluding pom pom)
Brim Circumference: 12¾ (14½, 16, 17½, 19¼)” unstretched, stretches to approx. 18¼ (20, 21½, 23, 24¾)”

MATERIALS
Version 1
Universal Yarn Bamboo Bloom Handpaints (48% rayon from bamboo, 44% wool, 8% acrylic; 100g/154 yds)
• 305 Kimono (A) – 1 skein, all sizes
Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted Superwash (100% superwash wool; 100g/218 yds)
• 743 Bashful Pink (B) – 1 ball, all sizes

Version 2
Universal Yarn Bamboo Bloom Handpaints (48% rayon from bamboo, 44% wool, 8% acrylic; 100g/154 yds)
• 318 Emperor (A) – 1 skein, all sizes
Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted Superwash (100% superwash wool; 100g/218 yds)
• 765 Grape Rustic (B) – 1 ball, all sizes

Needles: US Size 5 (3.75 mm) 16” circular and set of DPNs or size needed to obtain gauge
US Size 7 (4.5 mm) 16” circular and set of dpns or size needed to obtain gauge
Notions: Stitch marker, tapestry needle

GAUGE
20 sts x 24 rows = 4” in Stockinette stitch with color A and larger ndl
25 sts x 32 rnds = 4” in K1, P1 Twisted Rib with color B and smaller ndl
Save time, check your gauge.