Color Break Hat by Kristen Hanley Cardozo
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Color Break Hat

Knitting
November 2014
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
19.5 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch with smaller needles
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
60 - 250 yards (55 - 229 m)
newborn, 3-6 months, 6-12 months, child, adult S/M, adult L
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Color Break is a simple pattern that works wonderfully with highly variegated yarns, breaking up the colors and preventing pooling. The simple slip-stitch pattern creates a thick fabric with a great deal of texture, for a very warm hat without a lot of extra effort. For such an easy pattern the result is very dramatic in a variegated yarn, and attractive as a texture in a one-color yarn.

SIZES
newborn, 3-6 months, 6-12 months, child, adult S/M, adult L

A note about sizes
Children’s heads are often bigger than one might think, and the adult S/M will fit many children. Roughly speaking, the sizes correspond to the following head circumferences.
newborn: 13-14”, 3-6 months: 14-17”, 6-12 months: 16-19”, child: 18-20.5”, adult S/M: 20.5-22”, adult L: 22.5-24”

MATERIALS

  • Multi-color sample knit in Becoming Art Agave Worsted (70% Merino, 20% Cashmere, 10% Nylon; 200 yds per 114gm skein), shown in colorway Midnight Mountain
  • Red sample knit in The Verdant Gryphon Codex (52% Silk, 48% Bluefaced Leicester Wool; 234 yds per 113gm skein), shown in colorway Rig Veda
  • Watchcap: 60 (80, 105, 155, 180, 215) yards worsted weight yarn
  • Slouch: 65 (90, 115, 180, 200, 250) yards worsted weight yarn
  • U.S. size 4 (3.5 mm) 16” circular needle or dpns for baby sizes
  • U.S. size 8 (5 mm) 16” circular needle or dpns for baby sizes
  • U.S. size 8 (5 mm) dpns OR long circular needle for Magic Loop
  • tapestry needle

GAUGE
19.5 sts/32 rows = 4 inches in stockinette st on size 4 needles

Tech edited by Lauren Cross