Whitman Hat by Janelle Martin

Whitman Hat

January 2014
DK (11 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 42 rows = 4 inches
in Chart A, blocked
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
120 - 160 yards (110 - 146 m)
Small (Medium, Large)
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From “Leaves of Grass” by Walt Whitman

“I loafe and invite my soul,
I lean and loafe at my ease, observing a spear of
summer grass.”

Show off the beauty of your hand-painted yarn with this simple, graphic, lace pattern. The stitch pattern used for the body is a garter stitch version of the lace pattern “Leaves of Grass.”

The edging is knit as a long strip. Stitches are then picked up along the length and the knitting is joined in the round to work the body of the hat.

Pattern is 6 pages.

Skills Required:

  • Lace
  • Picking up stitches
  • Working in the round
  • Increasing and decreasing
  • Following charts
  • Blocking

Fits head circumference up to: 18” (21”, 24”)/45.72 (53.34, 6160.96) cm
Finished size (blocked): 13.5” (16.5”, 19”)/34.29 (41.94, 48.26) cm
Height (edge to crown): 8”/20.32 cm

Other Tools:

  • Stitch marker (1)
  • Locking stitch marker (1)
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Fine cotton yarn in contrasting color for life-lines (optional)
  • Glow line tape (to mark current row on charts/instructions - optional)

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Yarn: 120 (140, 160) yds/110 (128, 146) meters wool or wool-blend DK weight yarn that knits up to 5.5 sts/inch.

Note: With one skein of Indigodragonfly Polwarth Silk, you will be able to make this hat as well as the matching cowl and fingerless mitts (pattern to be released in April/May 2014).

Shown In: Indigodragonfly ‘DK Polwarth Silk’, (775 yards/709 meters; 75% wool, 25% silk; 8.82 oz/250 grams per skein), 1 skein in Curse Your Sudden but Inevitable Betrayal (Wash).

Other Possible Yarns:

  • Filatura Di Crosa ‘Zara Chinè’, (137 yards/125 meters; 100% merino; 1.76 oz/50 grams per skein).
  • The Verdant Gryphon ‘Traveller’, (280 yards/256 meters; 100% merino; 3.63 oz/103 grams per skein).
  • Rowan ‘Pure Wool DK’, (136 yards/124 meters; 100% wool; 1.76 oz/50 grams per skein).
  • Manos del Uruguay ‘Silk Blend’, (150 yards/137 meters; 70% merino, 30% silk; 1.76 oz/50 grams per skein).
  • madelinetosh ‘tosh merino DK’, (225 yards/206 meters; 100% merino; 4.06 oz/100 grams per skein).
  • Rowan ‘Felted Tweed DK’, (191 yards/175 meters; 50% merino, 25% rayon, 25% alpaca; 1.76 oz/50 grams per skein).
  • Koigu ‘Kersti Merino Crepe’, (114 yards/104 meters; 100% merino; 1.76 oz/50 grams per skein).

Hard (paper) copies of this pattern may be available from your local yarn shop. Please contact them for more details.