Gilligan by Vyvyan Neel


May 2008
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 23 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
175 - 200 yards (160 - 183 m)
24" circumference
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Throughout the trial and error process of designing this hat, I used different textures of yarn. The result was 2 slightly different versions, one that has enough body to keep the crown shape a bit flat and another version that has a drapeier, softer shape. For a firmer shape, I’ve concluded that the first important thing to consider if substituting another yarn is that it should be a firm worsted weight which is somewhat rustic in texture, knit at a tighter gauge & smaller needle size than the manufacturer would suggest. The hat could be lined to help keep its shape better if using a softer yarn.

There are no seams in making up this hat. Every part is worked in the round. A circular needle is used except for the decreasing part of the crown. This hat was a relatively quick knit due to its gauge. It will work up even faster if you know how to knit backwards (meaning not having to turn the work in progress and always having the right side facing).

Working Entrelac in the round is similar to working it flat as there is turning at the beginning of each knit and purl rows to make the stockinette rectangles. One round of rectangles will begin with the RS facing and the next round will begin on a WS row. The brim and crown are both worked in garter stitch.

The second version shown is worked up in Knit One Crochet Two Ty-Dy (100% cotton - one skein) and US #5 needles. The pattern is adjusted slightly for this hat since this yarn is a different gauge than the tweed one and a softer shape was desired.