Port Hat by Anna Elliott

Port Hat

Knitting
November 2016
DK (11 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 29 rows = 4 inches
in Stocking stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
220 - 275 yards (201 - 251 m)
Hat comes in adult sizes S (M, L) to fit head circumference 56 (58, 61) cm / 22 (23, 24) ins.
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Ridges created by stitches that  run horizontally around the Port hat call to mind ripples on water and create extra insulation, making this a cosy choice for coastal walking. Created using only knit and purl stitches, it is knitted flat with picked up stitches for the brim and crown, and mattress stitch seaming.
IMPORTANT:
This pattern also includes instructions for Starboard CowlThe exploration of textures and patterns in both pieces ideally suit a richly coloured solid or semi-solid dyed, DK weight yarn- in this case red for Port and green for Starboard, like the navigation lamps on ships.

Skills Required
Cast on, knit, purl, pick up and knit, mattress stitch, simple decreases (hat only), knitting in the round (optional, cowl only)

Tools and materials
Port hat
Yarn: 200 (225, 250)m/ 220 (245, 275) yards DK yarn
Needles and notions: 4mm (US #6) straight needles (or size needed to obtain tension stated).
Tapestry needle, stitch marker, alpaca bobble (optional)

Starboard cowl
Yarn: 125m/ 137 yards DK yarn
Needles and notions: 4mm (US #6) straight needles for knit flat version OR 4mm (US #6) 80cm circular needle/set of dpns for in the round version.
Tapestry needle, stitch marker (optional, for working in the round)

Tension for both items: 23 sts and  29 rows = 10cm/4”  in stocking stitch
Samples used Triskelion Yarns Olwen DK extra-fine Falklands Merino 250m/ 273 yards per  100g skein, in colourway Boötes for hat and Nemeton for cowl.

Sizing
Hat comes in adult sizes S (M, L) to fit head circumference 56 (58, 61) cm / 22 (23, 24) ins. Model wears size M and has a head circumference of 57cm/22.5in. If you prefer a little more ‘slouch’ in your hat, add extra stitches, in multiples of 6 or 12, to your initial cast on—just remember you’ll need extra yarn
Cowl comes in one size.