Blue Rhapsody by Sara Huntington Burch

Blue Rhapsody

March 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
36 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stranded cable knitting
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
275 - 325 yards (251 - 297 m)
Adult Medium to fit 20–23” (51–58 cm)
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Rhapsody in Blue is perhaps George Gershwin’s most famous work, and one that seems to encapsulate the feel of the 1920s jazz age. The design at the time was dominated by bold, graphic Art Deco patterning such as the lines that decorate this hat. By combining stranded knitting with cabling, the dramatic sweeping lines of this pattern pop in a way that’s not possible with standard stranded knitting.

This pattern requires the use of charts.

Adult Medium to fit 20–23” (51–58 cm).
Hat final dimensions: 20” (51 cm) in circumference. Hat is designed to fit with 0–2” (2.5–5 cm) of negative ease.

Approximately 165 yds (150 m) main color (MC) and 120 yds (110 m) contrasting color (CC) of appropriate fingering-weight yarn
(Sample shown using 1 skein each of Malabrigo Finito, colorways Mares {MC} and Paloma {CC})
US 2.5/3 mm 16 inch (40 cm) circular needle
US 4/3.5 mm 16 inch (40 cm) circular needle (or size needed to obtain gauge)
US 4/3.5 mm double pointed needles
Cable needle
Stitch marker
Yarn needle

36 sts x 32 rows in 4” (10 cm) in stranded cable pattern using larger needle blocked
(Each repeat of the chart is approximately 2.25” {5.7 cm} in width after blocking)