Moorefield is a four-colour stranded hat that I designed to celebrate ten years of writing at knittingpirate.com. Only two colours are used per round, making it easier to knit. The pattern is charted out for 128-stitch and 144-stitch hats. Choose the right size for your gauge and head! For a close-fitting hat on a 21.5” head, I used size 4 needles and DK weight yarn to get a gauge of 6.5 stitches to the inch in the colourwork pattern.
|size||128 stitch hat||144 stitch hat|
|20”||7 spi||8 spi|
|21.5”||6.5 spi||7.5 spi|
|23”||6 spi||7 spi|
YOU WILL NEED: 16” circular needle (optional, but recommended) and a set of five double-point needles in the size needed to get gauge for your particular yarn, a stitch marker for the beginning of the round, plus a darning needle to weave in ends. Three extra stitch markers to indicate the quarters of the hat will make it easier to keep your place in the pattern.
YARN: Four nicely contrasting colours of DK-weight yarn (or the yarn weight you prefer, based on your gauge). Five different colour schemes are provided for inspiration. The pattern sample was knit with Jo Sharp Classic DK Wool, which unfortunately seems to have been discontinued in the US, but just about any DK weight yarn should work just fine.
I used roughly half of each 100-yard ball of yarn for my small size hat.