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Man's Rasta Hat

January 2007
Aran (8 wpi) ?
3.25 stitches and 4 rows = 1 inch
in ribbing
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 10 - 6.0 mm
20 (21.5, 23) '' / 51.3 (55.1, 59) cm
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Man's Rasta Hat Annie Modesitt shows how to begin a cute hat by casting on and working in a striped rib stitch, carrying the unused color neatly on the inside. She then works her way up, shaping the hat as she goes, and demonstrates how to make fun yarn “dreadlocks.”

NOTE: the instructions to make the dreadlock were somehow omitted on the DIY website:

Make Dreadlock (MD): Knit into next stitch, but do not slide stitch off of the left-hand needle. With your right index finger pull the new loop off of the right-hand needle and pull loop toward you, making a total length of the loop twice the length from needle to your right hand as desired for finished dreadlock. Twist loop clockwise until it is very, very tight, then slip loop off of right index finger onto the left-hand needle, allowing loop to twist on itself. Knit loop together with stitch from which it is drawn to lock dreadlock into place.

Note: The Man’s Rasta Hat pattern is taken from Men Who Knit and the Dogs Who Love Them, by Annie Modesitt and Drew Emborsky (Lark Books, January 2007).

Malabrigo worsted in the following colors/amounts: Azul Profundo (A), 2; 601 Vetiver (B), 1 (1, 2) ball(s); Pollen (C) 1 (1, 2) ball(s)
24” circular needles, 1 pair each US sizes 10 and 8
double-pointed needles (dpn), 1 set US size 8
darning needle<p>Sizes: S (M, L)
Finished measurements: 20 (21.5, 23) ‘’ / 51.3 (55.1, 59) cm
Skill level: easy
3.25 sts x 4 rows = 1” on larger needles, working with 2 strands held together