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Into gold

Knitting
August 2014
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
190 - 230 yards (174 - 210 m)
Small, Large

This pattern is currently available exclusively to Woolen Rabbit 2014 Yarn Club subscribers. It will be available for purchase in late February 2015.

I loved the tale of Rumpelstiltskin as a child. I suppose I felt sorry for the miller’s daughter, locked away in a room of the castle with a great pile of straw, but I might have been more interested in the imp. Talented, mercurial, he could create something precious from worthless materials—but his temper was his undoing. I was captivated by the image of him stamping himself right into the ground when he was bested. But more than either character, it was the transformation of that lowly straw into gold that sparked my imagination.

A rich play of textures, Into gold begins by casting on the cabled band provisionally, working it from end to end, then joining it in the round. Stitches are then picked up along one edge, and the crown worked in Woven Stitch, with decorative decreases that pinwheel slightly. The lower edge of the band is finished with a smooth I-cord.

SIZES
Small, Large

FINISHED BAND MEASUREMENT
20 (22)” 51 (56) cm in circumference. For the best fit, choose a size that is 1–2” 2.5–5 cm smaller than actual head measurement.

YARN
1 skein Emma by The Woolen Rabbit,
85% Polwarth / 15% silk, 330 yd (302 m) per 115 g skein,
in Toadflax

or 190 (230) yds / 174 (210) m sport or light DK weight yarn.

GAUGE
Because the band of the hat is worked from end to end, the primary gauge for the pattern is the row gauge for the Coin Cable band.

Band gauge: 11 sts x 32 rows = 1½ x 4” in Coin Cable pattern, finished gauge after washing and blocking. Suggested needle size: US 5 (3.75 mm).

TECHNIQUES
Provisional cast-on, knitting, purling, picking up stitches, knitting through the back loop, slipping stitches, I-cord bind-off, working in the round.

For more information, see: http://www.thewoolenrabbit.com

or this blog post: http://bluebeestudio.blogspot.com/2014/08/into-gold.html