Ironwork by Rachel C. Brown


by Rachel C. Brown
February 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
170 - 240 yards (155 - 219 m)
small (medium, large)
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This hat was born out of a recent trip to the Victoria & Albert Museum. After wandering aimlessly for a while, I found myself in the midst of the metalwork exhibit. The walls of the gallery were covered with wrought iron screens and panels, one of which inspired the colourwork design on this simple hat.

Worked from the bottom up, in a variety of gauges, this hat is a great first colourwork project. The colourwork pattern uses two colours at a time, but is repeated so you can use up odds and ends of yarn. If you need a closer fitting beanie style hat, work two repeats of the colourwork, or add a fourth repeat for a super slouchy hat.

Pattern includes both charted and written instructions, and a table to determine finished size based on gauge.

Finished measurements
Varies, depending on gauge and yarn used

2-ply handspun, fingering to sport weight
Samples shown in Porpoise Fur Shetland, in natural white/Crystal Violet/Coomassie Blue/Xylene Cyanole and natural brown/Congo Red/Ethidium Bromide/Yellow Fluorescent Protein

Yardage requirements
Main colour: approximately 100 - 165 yds/91 - 151 m
Contrast colours (3): approximately 17 - 25 yds/16 - 23 m