Hengpai - A Drop Stitch Slouch by Sarah Grieve

Hengpai - A Drop Stitch Slouch

March 2013
Aran (8 wpi) ?
14 stitches = 4 inches
in Drop Stitch Pattern
US 8 - 5.0 mm
145 - 165 yards (133 - 151 m)
18, 20, 22 inches / 45, 50, 55 cm
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Part of the Malabrigo Quickies program. Many thanks to Malabrigo Yarn for their support!

As I was knitting Hengpai and Zongpai, I was thinking about how both of the hats are very similar in their stitch pattern but yet a little different as one is knit vertically and one is knit horitontally.

In Chinese writing, one can write horizontally which is known as hengpai and one can write vertically which is known as zongpai. After reading about hengpai and zongpai, I knew my hats had their namesake.

Hengpai is knit sideways in stocking stitch using short rows to create the round shaping for the crown. Once all the short row sections are worked, the hat is cast off and the stitches are dropped to create the dropped stitch openwork pattern. Once the seam is sewn, stitches are then picked up and knit for the brim. I used a grafting technique to sew the seam for the back of the hat.

Here are the details:

  • Malabrigo Worsted -1 Skein, Color Shown is #98 Tuareg - approx. 145-165 yards

  • 5mm / US8 Straight Knitting Needles

  • 5mm / US8 16” Circular Needle

  • Tapestry Needle

Zongpai is the sister hat to Hengpai and is available here.