Spectrum Hat by Kyle Kunnecke

Spectrum Hat

Knitting
December 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
34.5 stitches and 39 rows = 4 inches
US 1 - 2.25 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
About 16¼" (41.5 cm) circumference above brim and 8½" (21.5 cm) long.
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Working with two sets of four gradient yarns offers endless opportunity for creativity in this stranded cap. Several design elements manipulate the intensity of the colors. As the background stripes reduce in size, the foreground pattern height increases. And the lighter color in one gradient is paired with the darkest in the other. It adds up to a sophisticated rainbow of glorious color!

FINISHED SIZE
About 16¼“ (41.5 cm) circumference above brim and 8½” (21.5 cm) long.

YARN
Sock weight (#1 Super Fine).
Shown here: SweetGeorgia Yarns Tough Love Party of Five Mini-Skein Set (80% merino wool, 20% nylon; 525 yd 480 m/5 oz 142 g): Wildfire, 1 pack; Sea to Sky, 1 pack.
Only four of the five colors in each pack are used. Label the colors used as follows: from Wildfire pack, Cayenne (A), Pumpkin (B), Dutch (C), and Saffron (D); from Sea to Sky pack, Salt Air (E), Evergreen (F), Fern (G), and Basil (H).

NEEDLES
Size U.S. 1 (2.5 mm): 16” (40 cm) circular (cir) or double-pointed (dpn).
Size U.S. 2 (2.75 mm): 16” (40 cm) cir and dpn.
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS
Markers (m), one in unique color for beginning of rnd; tapestry needle.

GAUGE
34½ sts and 39 rnds = 4” (10 cm) in stranded pattern with larger needles.

NOTES
• Weaving in ends as you go will simplify finishing later. Remember to weave ends in on stitches of the same color when possible.
• Trim tails to 1” (2.5 cm) and wait until after final blocking to make the final trim.