Harmonic Hat

November 2010
Sport (12 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette on larger needles
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
392 - 540 yards (358 - 494 m)
Finished Size: 18.5 (20, 21) inches / To Fit Size: 19.5–21.5 (21–23, 22–24) inches
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Harmonic is the 6th design from the Musical Minds Collection.

The term “harmonic” has many applications in music. One definition would be relating to vibrations that are produced as the direct result of vibrations occurring from a nearby body (aka “sympathetic vibrations”) Harmonic may also refer to the tonal component of a complex sound.

The Harmonic hat is constructed by first working flat (in rows) for the bottom band and then joining to work in the round. The colorwork band serves aesthetic and practical functions. It adds visual appeal to the finished design and interest during the knitting process. The more practical aspect is that the colorwork creates a denser fabric, which provides added warmth around the wearer’s ears.

Before you begin, decide which cast on and bind off/seaming method you wish to use. For a smooth seamless look you will want to start by using a provisional cast on and then later graft your stitches together once you complete the brim color chart. If you don’t mind a seam at the back of the hat then simply cast on and bind off using your preferred method and sew the two ends together. I personally like having a seam to mark the back of the hat, so I chose to work a long tail cast on, a sewn bind off, and then seam the ends to form a round.