Route 99 by Lee Meredith

Route 99

April 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
27.5 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
180 - 300 yards (165 - 274 m)
short, middle, tall heights and small, medium, large circumferences
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This hat was inspired by art deco designs and vintage fashion trends, particularly the draped turban style hats seen in the 20s–40s (and earlier) and again in the 60s–70s as fashion revivals.

The piece can be worn with the panel front and center, for a truly turban-style look, or with the panel off to the side, or centered in back, for totally different kinds of looks.

You’ll only be working with one color at a time, which makes this knit maybe easier than you might guess; all colorwork is made with slipped stitches paired with cables and twists.

The pattern is written and charted, with a few process photos and detailed technique/construction info. If you need help with cabling without a cable needle, and/or twisted stitches, see the tutorial pages.

There are two different size aspects—height and circumference—with no connection to between the two, so you can make any height in any circumference.

Height is {{short, middle, tall}}, which = ?approx {{8, 9, 10}} inches / {{20, 23, 25}} cm total; approx {{6, 7, 8}} inches / {{15, 18, 20}} cm up to the crown.
Circumference is {small, medium, large}, which = approx {19, 21, 23} inches / {48, 53, 58} cm.

This hat fits nicely with little to no negative ease (up to about 1 inch / 2.5 cm of negative ease), so for a head size of 22 inches / 56 cm, the medium circumference is a good fit.

A differently formatted version of this pattern was originally released in Stranded magazine, spring 2016. The description from Stranded:

From Calexico, CA to Blaine, WA, protect your coiffure from the elements while riding in your convertible with Route 99, a light, turban-inspired hat. The two-color pattern is approachably complex—only one color is ever used at one time.