February Hat by Kate Gagnon Osborn

February Hat

Knitting
February 2019
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Textured Pattern (Chart)
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
220 yards (201 m)
19.5" (49.5 cm) circumference, unstretched, 9.5" (24 cm) height.
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What’s better than a free hat pattern? 12 free hat patterns, of course! This year we’re releasing a new, free hat design in Germantown on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

When thinking about what I wanted to do for my first contribution to the year of hats, I took a bunch of elements of knitting I really, really love - a folded brim, textured stitches, stripes, and a pom pom - and incorporated them all into the design.

Worthy of Note
This hat begins with a provisional cast on, then a deep folded brim is worked in a K1, P1 Ribbing. Once the ribbing is complete, the provisional cast on is unpicked and placed on a spare circular needle and the stitches are joined to created a folded brim. While I found it easy to place the provisionally cast–on stitches onto my larger needle, you may find it necessary to transfer the stitches to a 2nd smaller needle if the stitches are too small to fit comfortably on the larger needle.

After the brim is complete, the body of the hat is worked in a texture stripe pattern from a chart. The chart is worked 4 times around. Decreases shape the crown and a pom pom completes the look.

Specifications
YARN

Kelbourne Woolens Germantown (100% N. American Wool; 200 yds/100 gm skein): pebble 059, 1 skein.
GAUGE
18 sts + 32 rnds = 4” (10 cm) in Body Chart pattern on larger ndls, after blocking.
NEEDLES
1 – 16” (40 cm) US 4 (3.5 mm) circular.
1 – 16” (40 cm) US 6 (4 mm) circular.
1 – set US 6 (4 mm) DPNs.
Check your gauge and adjust needle size(s) accordingly if necessary.
NOTIONS
Size G crochet hook, spare US 6 (4 mm) circular, waste yarn, stitch marker, tapestry needle, Kelbourne Woolens label, sewing thread, sharp sewing needle.
SIZE
19.5” (49.5 cm) circumference, unstretched, 9.5” (24 cm) height.
SKILLS
Knit, purl patterning from charts, provisional cast on.

Image: Linette Kielinski