Backroad Hats by Elizabeth Elliott

Backroad Hats

Knitting
September 2014
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 31 rows = 4 inches
in Slip Stitch Rib.
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
104 - 118 yards (95 - 108 m)
Men's 18 1/4" circumference and 8 1/2" tall. Women's 19 1/4" circumference and 7 3/4" tall.
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Original version available through Interweave Knits. Updated version with charts as well as written instructions now available as a Ravelry download. Matching mitten and scarf patterns are also available. You can purchase the set for $11; discount automatically applied at checkout.

Designer Elizabeth Elliott

Version 1 (shown on man)

Finished Size 18 1/4” circumference and 8 1/2” tall.

Yarn Widdershin Woolworks Targhee Worsted (100% Targhee wool; 210 yd 192 m/4 oz 113 g): #1 Targhee, 1 skein.

Needles Size 7 (4.5 mm): 16” circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Markers (m); tapestry needle.

Gauge 21 sts and 31 rows = 4” in Slip Stitch Rib.

Version 2 (shown on woman)

Finished Size 19 1/4” circumference and 7 3/4” tall.

Yarn Malabrigo Merino Worsted (100% merino wool; 210 yd 192 m/3 1/2 oz 100 g): #36 pearl, 1 skein.

Needles Size 6 (4 mm): 16” circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Markers (m); tapestry needle.

Gauge 20 sts and 32 rows = 4” in Slip Stitch Rib.

In the stretchy Backroad Hats, a simple slip-stitch pattern breaks up potential pooling, while letting hand-dyed yarns take center stage. There are two options for shaping the crown: the men’s version features a strong decrease line three stitches wide, while the women’s version has a more subtle one-stitch line.