Incise by Hunter Hammersen

Incise

Knitting
March 2019
both are used in this pattern
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked stockinette
175 - 275 yards (160 - 251 m)
Written in four sizes and five gauges to fit most anyone (see notes below for more).
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Incise verb
- mark or decorate with a series of cuts

Sometimes I have a hard time knowing when to stop. This all started last year when I made a whole stack of tiny, ridiculous ornaments (all playing with slip stitch colorwork and all following a whole list of arbitrary rules I set for myself…because my brain totally loves stuff like that). They were fun, they were adorable, and that should have been the end of it!

But I really didn’t want to be done with those stitches. And, judging from the messages I got from you folks, some of you didn’t want me to be done either. So I took my three favorite of those patterns and reworked them to be people sized (instead of ornament sized).

They still follow all the same rules as the mini hats (you’re only ever using one color per row, all the main patterning is made with only knits, purls, and slips, and the crowns are downright majestic), they’re just ever so much more practical!

The hats are all written in four sizes (castons of 88, 96, 104, and 112 stitches), and you should feel free to adjust your gauge a bit to fine tune the fit of the hats. Just be sure that you’re working at a gauge that gives you a fabric you like with your chosen yarn!

I recommend working at something around 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6, or 6.5 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 hats will fit a head between 17.5 and 25.5 inches (with lots of points in between).

This hat uses between 100 and 150 yards of the main color (that’s the white in the pictures), and about 75-125 yards of the contrast color (that’s the yellow in the pictures). With the yarns shown in the pattern, I was able to easily make two hats from one skein of each yarn.

This is perfect for you if:

  • You think three hats are better than one (all three are in the pattern)
  • You’re hopelessly in love with fancy hat crowns

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)

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