A useful diversion by Elizabeth Felgate

A useful diversion

Knitting
November 2019
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 27 rows = 4 inches
in main pattern
US 6 - 4.0 mm
84 - 167 yards (77 - 153 m)
18 mos- 4 years, 4 years-adult S, Adult M, adult L
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Meet your latest Useful Diversion. When the world is crazy, we all need a useful diversion to turn to. Totally reversible, deep cuffed, and fast to knit, the simple switches in direction make this highly diverting to knit without making it too taxing.

Pattern contains
Charts and written instructions for main pattern and crown decreases. Links to tutorials for suggested cast on.

Sizes :
Choose a size approx. 10-15cm (4 -6 in) less than your actual head size for a snug fit (sample is shown with 11cm negative ease). Hat lengths are with brim unfolded. Be sure to measure from the top of your crown to the base of your ear to check the required length and work additional ribbing if required (more info on this in pattern).

Finished sizes:
18 months- 4 years: 31.5cm/12 ¼ in circumference and 22cm/8 ½ in long
Adult S: 38.5cm/15 ¼ in circumference and 27.5cm/11 in long
Adult M: 41cm/16 in circumference and 30cm/11 3/4 in long
Adult L: 43.5cm/17 in and 31cm/12 ¼ in long

Gauge:
24 stitches and 27 rows over 10cm/4 in over main pattern.

Skills required:
Knitting in the round
Decreasing

Needles:
4mm (US 6) circular needle or correct needle size to achieve gauge . You can use DPNS if you prefer. Pattern is needle neutral, but you may substitute your preferred method for small circumference knitting when decreasing the crown.

Notions
Tapestry needle to weave in ends.
Stitch marker

Yarn and yardage
Cumbria by The Fibre Co. Worsted / 10 ply 60% Merino, 30% Masham, 10% Mohair in colourway Buttermere. Or any substitute light worsted yarn with which you can achieve gauge. Some testers found they could achieve gauge with DK yarn with a strand of lace weight added - if doing this be sure to check your row gauge as you may need to work a little extra ribbing or main rise of the hat if your row gauge is short.:

18 months- 4 years: 77m/85yds
Adult S: 121m/133yds
Adult M: 141m/154yds
Adult L: 153m/167yds

Always allow extra yarn