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Clean Slate

Knitting
August 2011
Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches in pattern
US 8 - 5.0 mm
100 - 110 yards (91 - 101 m)
one size, fits most adult heads
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Clean slate - my fresh start at designing knit items.
I made this hat for my DH, following a cardigan in the same stitch pattern that I made him last year.

This stitch pattern is a modification that I made on Barbara Walker’s “Pavilion” pattern. I removed the little “roofs”, ending with diagonal blocks. Together with the dark gray color they remind me of the slate stone covering my neighbors’
house.

I love how the diagonals allow the crown to shape naturally, without having to alter the stitch pattern at all throughout the entire hat.

The pattern can be used to make two different types of hats, at two difficulty levels:
Hat A is a solid color, and is technically easy (only knits and purls, and some reductions), and requires only attention and chart following.
Hat B offers some more action - colorwork and corrugated ribbing.

Both hats use the exact same chart.

All in all, Clean Slate fulfills all the requirements that hubby made before I started knitting for him: masculine, minimal, understated, but still something that nobody else has!

NOTE: the SKP should be visible as a left-leaning decrease. If you prefer doing it in a different way - go ahead! (as long as you get a left-leaning decrease).

Errata Nov.2011:
There is a mistake on the chart: all skp’s in reduction rounds should appear one stitch to the left.
So if the round read …skp, k3… please make …skp, k2…
I will update the chart soon and inform on a new version.