Town Square Hats by Kyle Kunnecke

Town Square Hats

Knitting
September 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
36 stitches and 37 rows = 4 inches
in chart pattern with larger needles, blocked
US 1 - 2.25 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
810 yards (741 m)
20" (51 cm) circumference and 7-1/2" (19 cm) tall with brim folded.
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I see colorwork motifs everywhere I go—from the scrolls in ironwork—to the cascades of water in a town-square fountain. This pattern pays homage to the careful planning that was involved in the creation of town squares, full of icons, public buildings, and landmarks. The two-color ribbed brim of the first hat holds a repeated vertical fountain motif. Beneath this colorful brim lives a band of stretchy, single-color ribbing. The alternate chart provides a more geometric option.

The yarn I selected for this project has so much yardage that I created another chart for a second hat. Both samples were worked using the same two skeins of yarn.

While working the charts, it’s helpful to lock the floating yarn every other stitch. Keeping the yarns in the same order will help keep consistent color dominance and also make the inside of the project almost as lovely as the outside.

Knitting Knowledge
This project is worked in the round and requires:

• Knitting with circular and double-pointed needles
• Casting on
• Reading charts
• Knitting and purling
• Two-color ribbing
• Turned hems
• Wrap & turn
• Locking floats
• Decreasing
• Finishing