Caithness by Dianna Walla
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Caithness

Knitting
December 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in colourwork in the round
US 3 - 3.25 mm
547 yards (500 m)
One size to fit head circumference: 51-56cm / 20-22in

Caithness

I enjoy playing with the overlap in stranded colourwork where traditional Fair Isle knitting and traditional Norwegian colourwork intersect. Using five shades in total, this colourwork hat features subtle colour play combined with a typical “lice pattern” seen in Norwegian knitting, and the crown decreases form a seven-pointed star. No more than two colours are ever worked at the same time per round.

Yarn
Kate Davies Designs Milarrochy Tweed (70% wool; 30% mohair; 100m / 109yds per 25g ball). 1 ball of each of the following shades:
A Lochan
B Birkin
C Buckthorn
D Ardlui
E Smirr

Needles and Notions
40cm / 16in below gauge-size circular needle, for rib.
40cm / 16in gauge-size circular needle for hat body.
Gauge-size needle(s) of your preferred type for working small circumferences.
Stitch marker.
Tapestry needle.

Gauge
28 sts and 32 rounds to 10cm / 4in over colourwork on gauge-size needle. Gauge was achieved on 3.25mm / US 3 needle.

Sizing
One size to fit head circumference: 51-56cm / 20-22in
Hat circumference (unstretched): 51cm / 20in
Height from brim to crown: 24cm / 9½in

Pattern notes
This hat is knitted in the round from the bottom up, following a colourwork chart. Chart is read from right to left throughout.