A plaid hat is just the thing for fall, and this easy tartan method requires no stranding and produces a graphic result. The horizontal colors are knit as stripes using one color at a time per row in a wide rib, then the vertical stripes are added at the end with a crochet hook in the purl columns; no crochet skills are needed – it’s as simple as picking up dropped stitches. Mix and match your colors with the cowl and mitts for an eye-catching accessories set.
The Tartania Hat is available as part of the Hail, Tartania! ebook collection, which includes the Tartania Cowl, hat and fingerless mitts for $6.00.
If you are using Malabrigo Merino Worsted, you should be able to make all three accessories with a total of 3 skeins, one in each color, if you use a different MC for each as in the sample photographs.
Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, decreasing, knitting in the round; this pattern includes written instructions, as well as a chart for the plaid; a video tutorial is provided for the non-stranded plaid technique.
Size S/M (M/L): 17.5 (20)” circumference, unstretched; knit in a soft and unstructured yarn, this hat will easily fit approximately 20-22 (22-24)” head circumference; size M/L shown on 22” head.
Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted (100% Merino; 210 yards/100g); 1 skein MC, 1 skein CC1, 1 skein CC2. Shown in MC Cadmium, CC1 Hollyhock and CC2 Tortuga, and using approximately (50) 55, 10 and 10 grams respectively. A soft and lofty yarn is recommended for stretch and slouchiness.
Other Materials: US 9 (5.5mm) 16” circular needle and dpns, or 32”circular needle if using Magic Loop, or size to match gauge; Stitch markers (1); Size I/9 (5.5mm) crochet hook; Yarn needle.
Gauge: 16 st and 24 rows/4” in stockinette stitch; 16 st and 32 rows/4” in garter stitch, after blocking. One plaid repeat of 10 st and 12 rows is 2.5” wide and 2” tall.