Chalkduster by Alyssa Latuchie

Chalkduster

Knitting
February 2019
both are used in this pattern
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in hat body pattern
US 1 - 2.25 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
177 yards (162 m)
One size, fits average adult head (easily adjustable)
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The Chalkduster hat arose from the love of texture and combining different yarns. I wanted to create a pattern, not only with colors, but with different textures too. By knitting with 2 yarns together in only certain sections of the hat, I was able to create a graphic design with texture and halo for days.

The technique to knit with 2 yarns at once during certain parts of the pattern was new to me. At first it felt a little cumbersome and I wasn’t sure it was going to work. But then I thought about it like more traditional colorwork. I moved the mohair yarn to my other hand to knit like I do with colorwork, and everything fell into place! I’ve created a tutorial to help with this technique. Once you figure out what feels the easiest to you, the body of the hat is all knit, so it flies by!

Yarn
Main yarn: Amores Yarn: Sombra (60% SW Fine Merino/25% Mulberry Silk/15% Yak) Fingering weight yarn, 435 yds/398 m per 100 gr skein, approximately 40 gr used, 177 yds/ 162 m

Texture yarn: Amores Yarn: Pareja (70% Kid Mohair/30% Mulberry Silk) Cobweb/Lace weight yarn, 459 yds/420 m per 50 gr skein, approximately 16 gr used, 132 yds/121 m

Sizing
From CO edge to top of crown: 8.75”/22 cm
Circumference: 20”/51 cm

Needles and Notions
Use circular needles or dpns according to your preference for working small circumferences in the round.
US 3 3.25 mm needles (gauge needle)
US 1 2.25 mm needles, or needles two sizes smaller than gauge needle
1 marker for BOR
10 optional markers to mark repeats
Tapestry needle

Gauge
26 sts x 40 rnds = 4”/10 cm square, done in the body pattern, using the larger needles, blocked

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This pattern has been tech edited and test knitted