Ironheart Hat by Robin Allen
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Ironheart Hat

Knitting
February 2013
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in stranded stockinette stitch (blocked)
US 7 - 4.5 mm
220 yards (201 m)
One size to fit an average woman’s head; circumference: 19.5"/50cm, stretches to 23"/58cm; height: 5.5"/14cm.
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This sweet hat combines two of my favorite things—hearts and ornate iron scrollwork. As I am a knitter, not a smith, I have used my needles to forge yarn into a hat.

Interesting knitting begins right away with a two-color corrugated ribbing. Following a plain round of knitting, the Norwegian-inspired hearts are wrought to life with stranded colorwork. After a two-color purl turning round, you’re on to the crown decreases, either in the contrasting color or in the main color.

Notes:

  • The entire brim is stranded, which doubles the thickness and makes the hat warm, warm, warm.
  • Infinite color combinations.
  • Pattern includes instructions for both an adult’s and a child’s and version of the hat.

An Ironheart Pullover is also available.

Skills
Knitting, purling, decreasing, working in the round, two-color stranded (Fair Isle) knitting, working from a chart, researching techniques you’re not familiar with.

Size
One size to fit an average woman’s head. Circumference: 19.5”/50cm; stretches to 23”/58cm.

Yarn
Knit Picks Wool of the Andes™ worsted 100% Peruvian Highland wool; 110yd/101m per 50g skein; MC: Fedora, 1 skein; CC: Cadet, 1 skein

Needles
1 size 7/4.5mm 16” circular needle and 1 set size 7/4.5mm double-point needles (DPNs)

Notions
Stitch markers, yarn needle.

Gauge
24 stitches and 24 rounds = 4 inches, 10 cm in stranded stockinette stitch (blocked).

Consider joining the A Texas Girl Knits group.