Ruschia hat by Woolly Wormhead

Ruschia hat

September 2017
Aran (8 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
180 yards (165 m)
To fit head circumference: 48.5 (53.5, 58.5) cm [19 (21, 23) in]

This is the eighth pattern from A Year of Techniques - a collection of 12 patterns to teach you new knitting skills.

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This cosy garter stitch hat has a sharp slipped stitch design.

The thread for all your queries and questions can be found here: October knitalong

To fit head circumference: 48.5 (53.5, 58.5) cm [19 (21, 23) in]
Finished hat circumference at brim: 39.5 (45, 50.5) cm [15½ (17¾, 20) in]
Length from crown to brim: 23.5 (25, 26.5) cm [9¼ (9¾, 10½) in]

Fyberspates Scrumptious Aran (aran weight; 55% merino, 45% silk; 165m per 100g skein)
Water (403) or Slate (405); 1 x 100g skein
Yarn, and Autumn Kits, are available from our website,

1 pair 4.5mm US 7 straight needles or size needed to match tension
Similar sized crochet hook
Approx. 2m [2yds] waste yarn
Stitch marker as necessary
Tapestry needle

18 sts and 24 rows to 10cm [4in] over stocking stitch using 4.5mm needles
18 sts and 32 rows to 10cm [4in] over garter stitch using 4.5mm needles

Refer back to August’s tutorial for instructions on working the crochet provisional cast on, and to September’s tutorial for how to graft in garter stitch.

Row tension determines how well the hat fits.
This hat can be knitted using either the wrap and turn method (in which case the wraps do not need to be picked up when you work across them, since they are well hidden in garter stitch), or using the German Short Row method. Both are described in full in the photo tutorial.
This pattern consists of a series of panels, knitted sideways consecutively. The width of each panel at the brim is 5.5cm [2¼in]. As well as shaping the crown, short rows are also used at the brim to ensure a snug fit. Both charted and written instructions are provided.

Provisional cast on
Garter stitch grafting
Short-row shaping