Year of the Rabbit by Betsy Farquhar

Year of the Rabbit

December 2010
30 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
600 - 700 yards (549 - 640 m)
Unisex- S/M (up to a 22 inch head) and L/XL (up to a 24 inch head)
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

errata: it has been brought to my attention (i swear I checked the math 40 times!.. but.. it is me..) by some helpful knitters that, indeed, if you follow the background chart precisely, you will end up with 2 cc stitches sitting next to each other where they don’t belong. I am revising the written pattern to include instructions so this doesn’t happen..

all you need to do is: for the LAST repeat around of the background chart, work the last st of the chart in MC on all rows. I have posted a modified chart with my pictures for the pattern until I have time to get it done.

2011 is the Year of the Rabbit! Chinese New Year (or lunar new year) is one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the world. Like celebrations of its kind in many cultures, this is one that brings light and life to the darkest times of the year, and celebrates renewal and the coming spring. The design of this hat was inspired by Chinese paper cutting. Chinese paper cutting is an art form that is thousands of years old, yet the traditional designs have a distinctly modern flair. Cut paper designs are a common decoration for lunar new year celebrations. Knit in the round, this fair isle hat is bright, slouchy, festive, and graphic, is a cozy mix of practical “pull-it-down-over-your-ears” warmth and whimsical fun. A metallic detail adds sparkle, and the falling “lus” remind me of new year’s fireworks.
Uses Brown Sheep nature spun fingering in “red fox” and “goldenrod.”