Collusion by Hunter Hammersen
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Collusion

Knitting
June 2017
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
22 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked stockinette in main color
225 - 300 yards (206 - 274 m)
Written in five sizes and three gauges to fit most anyone, at 5.5spi, fits a head of about 20 [21, 21.75, 22.5, 23.5] inches (see notes below for more).
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Collusion noun
- secret cooperation especially for a deceitful purpose

So you know slipped stitches? That super easy thing where you just slide a stitch over to the other needle without really doing anything to it? Well this hat is what happens when you decide to take that idea and see how far you can take it!

Everything here is either plain old stockinette worked in the round, or slipped stitches! Well ok, I guess you do a tiny handful of decreases at the top of the hat to finish things off…but all that lovely latticework is made with cleverly slipped stitches. This really is just a tube of stockinette with some lovely fancy bits laid on top.

It’s perfect for when you need something mellow (or you want that deeply satisfying experience of doing something that looks tricky but is really a piece of cake). And it’s an absolutely marvelous thing to do with some wild variegated yarn you can’t quite find a project for…pair it with something more mellow for the main color and watch it shine!

The hat is written in five sizes (castons of 96, 100, 104, 108, and 112 stitches), and you should feel free to adjust your gauge a bit to fine tune the fit of the hat. Just be sure that you’re working at a gauge that gives you a fabric you like with your chosen yarn (you want something dense enough that you don’t see the contrasting yarn behind your fabric).

I recommend working at something around 5, 5.5, or 6 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 hat will fit a head between 18.5 and 25.75 inches (with lots of points in between).

You’ll be using two different yarns. I used about 150 yards of worsted for the main color (gray, worsted weight) and about 75 of the contrast color (blue, fingering weight), but having 200 yards of the main color and 100 of the contrast color on hand would be an even safer bet. And if you want to make a pompom, you’ll want an extra 90-100 yards of yarn on hand in addition to what you need for the hat.

This is perfect for you if:

  • You want to try something clever and new…but not hard
  • You have some extra bits of fancy yarn you’re looking to show off
  • You can’t help wondering how that would look as a cowl (there might just be secret cowl instructions hidden away in there)

It’s not for you if:

  • You don’t like charts (the pattern uses charts)
  • You hate swatching (you need to swatch to check your needle size)

Oh, and the other hats in the very last picture? I’ve done a little set of hats that all play with the idea colorwork without the extra work. Entrapment (that’s the purple one) was the first in the series, Misprision (the pink one) was the second, and Collusion (the blue one) was the third. If you like one, I suspect you’ll enjoy the others as well!