Donegal Cap by Cheryl Andrews

Donegal Cap

Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy, doubled
DK (11 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in knitting in the round
US 6 - 4.0 mm
330 - 350 yards (302 - 320 m)
adult medium
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Picture yourself driving a sporty convertible through the beautiful green hills of Ireland while wearing this Irish Driving Cap! Tailored cap with brim, hem, I cord and moss stitch. Knitted together - no seaming, except to secure the hem.
Brim is self supporting, created through geometry and tight gauge.

NEW - now included for download is a 21 page, 84 color photograph notated tutorial for knitting the Inishmore Cap, which uses the same construction as the Donegal, but has a smooth stockinette texture.

This is a pretty challenging pattern, written for experienced knitters. I have revised the pattern to answer questions from knitters, so the instructions are clearer now than they were for the first downloads. You will be using wraps-and-turns to do a lot of the architectural shaping.
Putting the Donegal Cap on your head: (I know, it’s funny to have instructions for this) With the back of the hat facing your, grip the two brims together, holding them in your hands like a sandwich you’re about to bite. Now, put the brims on your forehead, where you’d like them, hold with one hand, and with the other hand pull the back gently down. It does not go far down on the back of your head. I’m putting this here because when I handed the hat to a friend, she put the back on first, pulling it down low, and then the brims separated on the front, looking like an open duck beak - funny, but not attractive! Alternatively, you could sew the brims together if you want. I like having them loosely resting together.

Note: When instructions appear in brackets followed by the words n times, it means to follow the bracketed instructions that many times. For example: {K1, P1} 3 times means: K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1.

Yarn: Hat can be made in either dk weight (350 yds, 2 strands held together), or worsted weight; choose a fiber like a hemp blend, with a fairly firm hand so the hat will hold its structure.
Needles: 2 sz. 6 16” circular needles,
Sample was knitted in Elsebeth Lavold’s Hempathy, 34% hemp, 41% cotton, 25% modal; 50g = 140m/153yds; 2 strands held together, 2 1/3 skeins