Gretna Hat by Rachel Brockman
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Gretna Hat

Knitting
October 2018
DK (11 wpi) ?
23.5 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in Chart
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
175 - 235 yards (160 - 215 m)
1 (2)
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Like its mother, the Gretna Jumper, the Gretna Hat is densely cabled with a touch of eyelets, texture, and soothing ribbed knitting. The meeting of longwool fibers and cables is pretty magical and a bit unexpected. The fabric feels lightweight, and the lustrous quality of the fibers seem to perfectly define each stitch as they cross one another. These are the qualities that make the Gretna hat a lovely project for the cool seasons.

SIZES
1 (2)
Finished Circumference: 20.25 (22.5)” / 51.5 (57.25) cm
To determine your size, measure the circumference of your head at the widest point - from the most prominent part of the forehead (approx 1.5” / 3.75 cm above the eyebrow) around to the widest part of the back of the head. Select a size with 0 to 3” / 7.5 cm of negative ease.
Finished Length:

  • Regular Brim: 8.75 (9.25)” / 22.5 (23.5) cm
  • Long Brim (uncuffed): 11.75 (12.25)” / 30 (31) cm

YARN
Flying FIbers Yarn Company Yorkshire Medley (50% Wensleydale wool, 50% Blue Faced Leicester Wool; ~262 yds/100g) 1 skein (all sizes)
Sample shown in Thornton.

NEEDLES

  • (A) US Size 6 (4 mm) 16” circular and 32-40” circular or set of double-pointed needles
  • (B) US Size 5 (3.75 mm) 16” circular
  • (C) US Size 3 (3.25 mm) 16” circular - for tubular cast-on only

NOTIONS
Three stitch markers (note: I recommend using one unique marker to denote the beginning of each round), tapestry needle, cable needle

GAUGE
23.5 sts x 30 rnds = 4” / 10 cm in Cable pattern with Needle A
Always use the needle size that results in the correct gauge.

CONSTRUCTION NOTES
The Gretna Hat is worked in the round from the bottom up. I recommend using stitch markers to keep track of pattern repeats. When working from charts or written instructions, take care to work from the correct instructions for your size.