Old Man's Beard Hat by Kat Goldin

Old Man's Beard Hat

Crochet
September 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 42 rows = 4 inches
in dc (US sc) in BLO
3.5 mm (E)
280 - 360 yards (256 - 329 m)
S(M, L)
UK
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Part of the Old Man’s Beard set from The Accessories Project: Book One.

As strange as it sounds, lichen were the reason we moved to our house. Throughout the woods and orchards our trees are dripping with the pale grey fuzz of lichen, or old man’s beard. Its a sign of good air quality and makes me think of living in a fairy tale forest. The combination of shell stitches and fuzzy mohair remind me of the fuzzy growths.

Sizes
Hat
To fit head circumference: 45(50, 55)cm/18(20, 22)in
Finished circumference at brim: 42(45, 50)cm/16.5(18, 20)in
Finished height: 20(22, 24)cm/8(8.75, 9.5)in
Choose a size smaller than your head.
Mitts
To fit palm circumference: 17(20, 22)cm/7(8, 9)in
Finished circumference at palm: 15(17, 20)cm/6(7, 8)in
Choose a size smaller than your hand.

Materials
1 100g skeins Whistlebare Yeavering Bell (4ply weight, 80% Fine Kid Mohair, 20% Best Wensleydale, 350m/100g) in Minnow – Col A
2 100g skein Whistlebare Yeavering Bell (4ply weight, 80% Fine Kid
Mohair, 20% Best Wensleydale, 350m/100g) in Chainmail – Col B
3.5mm (US E/4) hook
1 stitch marker
Approximate yarn requirements:
Hat 80(90, 100)g
Mitts 55(60, 70)g
Shawl 150g

Tension
32 sts and 42 rows in dc in BLO to 10cm/4in using 3.5mm hook (or size needed to achieve tension) – this row tension is most important for correct fit for the hat.

Difficulty Rating
Intermediate

Skills Needed
Basic crochet stitches, working in rows, missing stitches, working into back loops only, working into row ends, working short rows.

Construction
The set is constructed working sideways using short row wedges at
the crown and the cuff/brim to create a well-fitting shape.
The shawl is worked in short row wedges to create a swooping,
asymmetrical shape.

Pattern is written and charted using standard UK terms (US conversions given in abbreviations)