Oakenshield by Elizabeth Helmich
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Oakenshield

Knitting
February 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
180 - 275 yards (165 - 251 m)
Adult M/L - to fit head sizes 20 - 22" / 51 - 56 cm
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This hat was inspired by dwarven armor/architecture in the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien.

The various patterns in this hat/beret are easily achieved, either by using simple textured stitches or twisted stitches that do not require a cable needle.

Use your favorite fingering weight yarn, you can easily get 2 hats out of most sock yarn skeins.

Pattern Notes
Both hat & beret are worked in the round, beginning at the brim up towards the crown.
Follow either written directions or chart for textured patterns.

This is an intermediate pattern - you need to be able to work more than 1 stitch pattern at a time, increase and decrease.

Finished Sizes
Adult M/L: to fit head sizes approx 20 - 22” / 51 - 56 cm in circumference
Circumference: (brim, unstretched) - 18.5”/ 47 cm Height: 7 ½” / 19 cm

Yarn
Hat / Dubai Knits MCN Twist - 80% merino/10% cashmere/10% nylon - 398 yds / 364m per 3.53 oz / 100g
1 skein - colorway Dark Waters; or approx 180 yds / 165m of a fingering weight yarn
Beret / Madelinetosh Tosh Sock - 100% merino - 395 yds / 361 m per 3.53 oz / 100g
1 skein - colorway Smokey Orchid; or approx 275 yds/250 m of a fingering weight yarn

Needles
US Size 2 & 3 (2.75 & 3.25 mm) - 16” circular & size US 3 (3.25 mm) dpns (for top of hat), or desired method for working small circumferences in the round

Gauge
28 sts + 40 rows = 4” / 10 cm in 1x1 ribbing on size US 2 (2.75 mm) needles
26 sts + 36 rows = 4” / 10 cm in Stockinette stitch on size US 3 (3.25 mm) needles