Kanta by Susanne Visch


January 2020
Super Bulky (5-6 wpi) ?
13 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
71 - 137 yards (65 - 125 m)
Finished size: 40 (48, 56) cm / 15 ¾ (19, 22) inches circumference.
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Kanta is Swedish for “braid” and for “edge.” What name is more suited for this unusual hat? Not only is the Kanta hat is knitted sideways in garter stitch, but the braided edge detail also does not involve any cable knitting. This is a lovely knit when looking for something different!

This pattern contains instructions for three sizes, ranging from child to adult. The hat pictured is in the largest size. A photo tutorial on how to work the braid is included.

Difficulty level
The Kanta Hat is started with a provisional cast-on. Other techniques used consist of short rows, mid-row bind off and cast-on of stitches, and a 3-needle bind off. The eye-catching braid does not involve cable knitting. Stitches used include knit, purl and slipping stitches. This pattern is suitable for the intermediate knitter.

To fit size: 45 (53, 61) cm / 17 ¾ (20 ¾, 24) inches
Finished size: 40 (48, 56) cm / 15 ¾ (19, 22) inches circumference, after washing and gentle blocking.

When choosing your hat size, take 2.5 - 5 cm (1 – 2 inches) of negative ease into account for a fitted hat. For a more slouchy fit, take approx. 0 – 2.5 cm (0 – 1 inch) of positive ease into account.

65 (95, 125) m (70 (105, 140) yds) / 65 (95, 125) g Garnstudio DROPS Andes 65% wool, 35% alpaca; 100 m (109 yds) per 100 g.
Substitute any wool or wool-blend super bulky weight yarn for a similar result.

For help with or questions about this pattern, you’re welcome in the designer’s group: La Visch Designs.

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