Entrapment by Hunter Hammersen


March 2017
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
22 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked stockinette in main color
200 - 250 yards (183 - 229 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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This pattern is currently unavailable. I’m doing a bit of house cleaning, and as part of that process, some of my older patterns are currently unavailable.

You can read a bit more about the project here if you’d like. And you can always check out my ravelry store for a list of available patterns.

Entrapment noun
- the act of tricking someone into committing a crime

You know that feeling you get when you’re doing something that’s secretly really easy but looks super impressive? That feeling that sits dangerously close to smug self satisfaction? That feeling is what this hat is all about!

All you’re really doing here is working stockinette in the round. Yes, true, every now and then you’ll slip a stitch or twist a stitch (and of course, up at the top you do work some decreases). But at its heart, this is a tube of plain stockinette (and you’re always only working with one color per row).

But those little moments where you slip a stitch or twist a stitch…oh wow do those add up to something lovely. And I could be biased, but I think they’re awfully fun to do, too! The result looks like you spent ages and did something hideously tricky. It’s up to you whether you let people know it was really a piece of cake!

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 160 yards of worsted for the main color (gray, worsted weight) and about 40 of the contrast color (purple, dk weight), but having 200 yards of the main color and 50 of the contrast color on hand would be an even safer bet. Basically, you want enough of the main color to knit a hat, and a few dozen yards of a contrast color for all the fancy bits. It’s a perfect thing to do with leftovers from other projects!

This is perfect for you if:

  • You want to look like you’re doing something super clever (even if it really is easy)
  • 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 that pink hat in the very last picture? That’s Misprision. I’m doing a little set of hats that all play with the idea colorwork without the extra work. Entrapment was the first in the series, and Misprision is the second. If you like one, I suspect you’ll enjoy the other as well!