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Seaworthy Gansey Cap

Knitting
October 2013
Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch, blocked
US 2 - 2.75 mm
200 yards (183 m)
Medium adult: Approx. 22"/56cm around.
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With two charts

Knit in a tightly spun traditional 5-ply Guernsey yarn, this all-weather cap is handsome on men and women alike. The eight-part decrease rounds create a flat circular top, while a firm gauge keeps the gansey-textured crown band standing at attention for pillbox styling. Or you can pull it down low over your ears like a beanie when the wind comes up!

FINISHED SIZE
Medium adult: Approx. 22”/56cm around. Note: This hat is designed to fit with little or no stretching so that the sides stand straight. If you wish to increase the size a little, you can fine tune the fit with blocking. For a smaller hat, you can work to a slightly tighter gauge on a smaller needle and block to fit.

YARN
1 skein Frangipani 5-Ply Guernsey (240 yds/220m); shown on him with Chart I in Color Dark Navy; shown on her with Chart II in Color Aran.
Or approx. 200 yds/183m of an equivalent 5-ply Guernsey yarn.

Or approx. 400 yds/366m of a light fingering-weight sock yarn held double.

NEEDLES & NOTIONS
US 2 (2.75mm) 16”/40cm circular and double-points, or size to obtain gauge. Note: We recommend metal needles for strength as this is a vigorous knit!
8 locking stitch markers (1 in a different color to designate beginning of round).
Darning needle to finish.
71⁄2”/19cm diameter plate or circle of heavy cardboard for blocking (cut cardboard after hat is complete so it fits into top of cap with a little stretch).

GAUGE
26 sts/36 rounds = 4”/10cm in stockinette stitch, blocked.
26 sts/approx. 48 rounds = 4”/10cm in chart pattern, blocked.