Siskiyou by Lee Meredith
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Siskiyou

Knitting
October 2015
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in reverse stockinette
US 7 - 4.5 mm
140 - 155 yards (128 - 142 m)
small{medium, large, extra large}
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When I saw this speckled yarn, my mind jumped straight to Douglas Fir trees covered in snow - they are pretty much everywhere you look in Oregon (I have one in my back yard!). So this hat features three differently sized/shaped tree patterns, made with twisted stitches.

The trees happen to look really cool on the wrong sides, making this hat totally reversible! Wear it right side out for the trees, or wrong side out for a more abstract, pretty twisting leaf-ish kind of stitch pattern, on a stockinette background.

The hat is topped with a big starburst crown pattern, made with centered double decreases, which also looks different and cool on the reverse side.


The tree patterns are made with twisted stitches, or mini-cables, 1 stitch twisted over 1 or 2 back stitches. Find tutorials on leethalknits.com here.

The whole pattern is written; the tree patterned section is also fully charted.

The pattern is for 
four sizes, ranging around 
big kid/teen/small adult up 
to large adult. There are three different samples shown in the photos - one in small, one in medium, and one in extra large.


You need
approx 140{145, 150, 155} yards / 128{133, 137, 142} meters worsted weight yarn for small{medium, large, extra large} sizes
-- small & extra large samples are Knitted Wit Targhee Shimmer Worsted (80% superwash Targhee wool, 20% silk) - 134 & 153 yards / 123 & 140 meters used, out of 240 yards / 220 meters in the skein (Snowy Cedar)
-- medium is Knitted Wit Worsted Super Wash Merino - 138 yards / 126 meters used, out of 200 yards / 183 meters in the skein (Snowy Cedar)

Modification options:
You can use a lighter yarn weight / tighter gauge to make a smaller hat for a small kid, toddler, or baby.
You can easily add height to make a longer/slouchy style hat (notes included in pattern).
There is an “anti-purl-all” modification given, so that you can knit all instead of purl all for the plain section above the trees.
If you work the twisted stitches differently, the trees will look the same, but the reverse side will look different - the pattern includes notes and photos so you can choose this method if you like it better.


This hat was designed in collaboration with Knitted Wit, as a part of the Snowy Hat Collection. Five other Portland designers and I were given skeins of Knitted Wit’s yarn in these new Snowy colors, and were tasked with designing a hat.