First Frost by Carlie Perrins

First Frost

October 2019
Aran (8 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in pattern stitch
US 9 - 5.5 mm
US 10 - 6.0 mm
150 - 160 yards (137 - 146 m)
one size
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

PDF download ‘First Frost.2’ has a bit more clarification on pattern repeats. The pattern itself is the same in both downloads.

First Frost was inspired by the delicate patterns of the first frost of autumn. I wanted to create a simple, easily remembered pattern that would work up quickly. The ‘cable’ isn’t a cable at all; no cable needle required. The pattern repeat is intuitive and interesting, and consisting of only knits, purls, yo’s and decreases, is a suitable adventurous beginner pattern.

First Frost can be worked up in an aran or heavy aran weight yarn, and also looks beautiful in more rustic or handspun yarns.

Intended to be worn with a slouch, you can also knit First Frost as a beanie. The pattern is offered in one size, as the stitch pattern stretches a good deal.

I’ve included both written and charted instructions for the stitch pattern, so use whichever you are most comfortable with. I hope you enjoy my ode to Autumn. Happy Knitting!

Skills Required
Cable cast-on, knit, purl, increasing, decreasing, working in the round using circular needles, dpns and/or magic loop.

Suggested Yarn: 2 50g/90m balls Diamond Luxury Collection, Superwash Fine Merino Aran.

Yardage: 140m/153yds aran weight yarn.

Suggested Needles: 5.5mm/US 9 circular needles 40cm/16” length, 6mm/US 10 circular needles 40cm/16” length, and 6mm/US 10 circular needles 80cm/32” length OR 6mm/US 10 double points for crown decreases.

Darning needle, stitch marker.

Gauge - 21 sts and 26 rounds/10cm or 4” on 6mm/US 10, in pattern, AFTER light blocking.

Sizes & Measurements
Hat measures 43cm/17” circumference, 27cm/10.5” length from crown to brim, after light blocking. The stitch pattern stretches considerably, and fits most adult head sizes (48cm/19” - 61cm/24” circumference).

Yarn suggestions: Cascade Eco, Berroco Vintage, Malabrigo Worsted, Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool, Drops Nepal, Mission Falls 1824 Wool, Rowan Kid Classic, Drops Alaska. This pattern would also work with a worsted weight yarn held with a fine mohair!