Shingle Hat by Shelagh Garside

Shingle Hat

Knitting
August 2017
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Stocking Stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
4.0 mm (G)
220 - 232 yards (201 - 212 m)
Medium, Large
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The Shingle Hat was born when I was asked to make a ‘Turtle’s Journey Shawl’, designed by Heather Anderson. The lady I’d made the shawl for asked if there was enough yarn left to make a matching hat. I had 50g of fingering weight yarn, just enough for a small hat, and I used the stitch pattern from the top of the shawl.

I liked that little hat so much, I decided to make one for myself, in DK yarn. The stitch pattern seemed particularly well suited to variegated yarns. We all have those variegated skeins that we can’t resist buying, but struggle to use sometimes.

Sizes: Medium: 53cm-56cm (21”-22”) and Large: 58cm-61cm (23”-24”)

The hat is knit from the bottom up. A single 100g skein/ball of DK weight yarn should be sufficient.

This pattern is suitable for advanced beginners and up.

Stitches used include knit, purl, k2tog, lift-right increase

I used a 4.5mm (US 7) needle for the cast on only. This makes the first row a little looser, and easier to pick up when you fold over the brim. There is a photo tutorial at the end of the pattern, demonstrating how to fold the brim.

I prefer the double brim because I really suffer with earache when it’s cold and windy. It’s the main reason I wear a hat. There’s no reason you can’t substitute the brim with the ribbing of your choice, eg, single rib, double rib, twisted rib. If doing a ribbed brim, you might want to use a smaller needle size for the brim.

Lift-Right Increase – I’ve used this because I find it’s the easiest, having worked the double brim. Feel free to change to your preferred increase, especially if you decide to work a ribbed brim.

This pattern has been tech edited and test knitted.