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Very unique 1-piece construction! Check out the tutorial for tips/hints on working this project.
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Available in two sizes to fit most adults. You will also need two sew-on snaps and stabilizing material to build the peak of the hat. See pattern for suggestions.
From the pattern description:
An Ivy cap, also known as an English driving cap, is a hat style that flatters almost everybody – even people who don’t wear
hats look a little more stylish when they wear this classic cap.
The problem is, I’d never come across a knitting pattern for one. In the name of creative sacrifice, I spent a couple nights thinking about ways to construct a driving cap pattern in lieu of sleep. I quickly figured out why I had never come across a knitted version before – the construction of an Ivy cap is a far cry from the beanies that knitters are so used to.
My first sketch involved sewing together 2 or 3 different pieces, just as a sewn cap, but I just knew there had to be a better way. So, after a few deep breaths, and some serious test knitting, I am pleased to present Morgan, an authentically styled Ivy cap that is knit up in one piece and only requires the most minimal of grafting skills.
Morgan’s unique construction begins at the top of crown using invisible increases dispersed throughout each round. The rest of the hat is shaped using short rows and creating folds that resemble a sewn piping to give the hat extra detail and structure. The peak or bill of the hat is also worked in short rows and as one piece.
Additional acknowledgments: TwirlGirlFibers test and sample knitted the beige colored version (done in SWTC Oasis).
Many people have commented that the most dreaded part about working this pattern is the counting in each round. One way to get around it is to just randomly increase 4 sts every round for 4 rounds, and on every 5th round, randomly increase 5 sts. I did the calcuated randomness for people who get worried about not increasing symmetrically or doing it “right.” Seriously, as long as you disperse the increases throughout the round in a random manner, it will work out.
Random increases that are somewhat evenly dispersed help hide the increases. If you stack the increases, you’d see them more. This and many other tips are included in the tutorial.