Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats) by Renee Anne

Stitch's Rock Collection (of Hats)

Knitting
April 2015
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in Pattern
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
50 - 220 yards (46 - 201 m)
Newborn, 0-6 months, 6-12 months, Toddler, Child, Teen/Small Adult, Adult
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Copyright Notice: you’ve made this hat and want to sell it? AWESOME! I am perfectly fine with you selling your finished objects as long as you give credit where credit is due (i.e., you credit me for the design and don’t go around telling everyone you designed this yourself because, you know, NO!). Also, the pattern is for private use only. Don’t go around selling copies to other people. That’s just wrong.

Stitch’s Rock Collection came about while I was working on Secret Sock Club Bags (pull a bag at random and do whatever pattern is inside with the yarn). I pulled a bag filled with LB Cotton Ease and a hat pattern that wasn’t really a pattern so much as it was a recipe for disaster. So, what’s a girl to do? I dug out the stitch dictionaries, looked at Pinterest, found a stitch pattern I liked, and the next thing you know, I have a hat collection. Why do I call it “Stitch’s Rock Collection?” I was in the midst of planning for Stitches West and the pattern was based on a Gallatin Rock Stitch I found…and, let’s be honest, Stitch is adorable! I can imagine him on the beaches of Hawaii, collecting rocks because he has no idea what they are. As long as the lava rock doesn’t leave the island, Pele won’t be upset.

It comes in a range of sizes from newborn-adult and will result in a beanie. It can be made into a slouch by adding a couple more pattern repeats before starting the crown decreases.

Stitch gauge is more important than row gauge but if your row gauge is off, you may encounter some problems when you get to the crown decreases. I’m working on a solution for the crown decreases that will allow you to start in a different place if your row gauge is off.

Materials:

  1. Worsted weight yarn (Cascade 220 Superwash, Lion Brand Cotton Ease, or Three Irish Girls Springvale Worsted)
  2. US #5 (3.75 mm) 16”/40 cm circular, US #8 (5 mm) 16”/40 cm circular, and US #8 (5 mm) DPNs
  3. Stitch marker to note beginning of the round
  4. Tapestry needle to weave in ends
  5. Scissors to cut the yarn
  6. Crochet hook for picking up those pesky dropped stitches (which you would never, ever do!)

I recommend using a solid or semi-solid yarn for this project as you will be able to see the pattern but you may certainly use a variegated yarn if you so choose.

Thanks to my lovely testers: geoyams, Donna2368, BFG, watcherlks, MeganAnn, MEHamilton, TammyG, KipperDawg, KarenAberli, and germanangel!

If you find any problems, let me know!