Embrace My Inner Pixie
Pixies are smallish creatures of folklore and fiction, often confused with faeries. Victorian poets saw them as magical beings, who rewarded consideration and punished neglect. They do the unexpected, bless the land, and like the tale of the Cobbler’s Shoes, or “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus” (Frank Baum, 1902), are helpful, if sometimes mischievous, in nature.
Worn unfolded, this longish hat seems simple-looking, hiding its inner side of Fair Isle. When it is worn flipped up, the brim becomes triple thick and cozy, and reveals beautiful geometric shapes worked in the Bohus-style of knitting, combining knits and purls for texture. If one looks closely, there are Hylian symbols in the patterns.
This pixie hat begins with Judy’s Magic Cast-On. One needle is ignored while the hat is knit in the round. Then the extra needle will be used to make an overlarge folded hem. A 3-needle join hides the ends and stranded work, and it is topped with a multi-colored pom pom. It comes in three sizes, and is a great way to use mini-skeins or stash as accents in the Fair Isle work. The contrast colors use about 50-80 yards each, depending on how big you want your pom pom. Enjoy with a pair of your favorite pixie ears, if desired.
There is some text missing in the transition between the Fair Isle and the Stockinette sections. Pg 4, paragraph 4 should read:
“With MC only, work a decrease rnd as follows: K3, k2tog; rep from 26 (31, 36) times, knit to end of round - 123 (136, 149) sts. Purl 1 rnd. Work in Stockinette st for 5 1/2” or until Stockinette section is the same length as the Fair Isle section, measured from purl turning row. Weave in ends if necessary. You don’t have to be too tidy about it since they will be contained in the hem, but the ends should be secured before working the next section.”