Saltspring Slouchy Hat by Grace Verhagen
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Saltspring Slouchy Hat

December 2012
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
5.5 stitches = 1 inch
in stockinette
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
180 - 210 yards (165 - 192 m)
Average woman's head
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

From the pattern notes:

“Anyone who has travelled to this small island off Vancouver Island’s coast can tell you how beautiful and unique Saltspring is. Home to an unlimited amount of crafty talent, robust little farms, and the welcoming community of Ganges, this area is one of the highlights of our province. It has its own laid-back style, and I tried to capture that charm in this slouchy hat. This long toque uses short rows to create a fun and funky shape, and its simple pattern really emphasizes the use of any colourful or textured yarn. Try it with worsted weight handspun, or with a special handpainted yarn.”

This pattern requires some knowledge of short rows - I have not included any instruction for this technique myself within the pattern, but there are MANY wonderful free online resources available that could teach you better than I! My personal favourite is featured on the Purl Bee’s website (which has a wonderful blog if you ever need to add another blog to your reading list!):

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