Passing Days Hat by KnittingPirate

Passing Days Hat

Knitting
November 2019
DK (11 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 3 - 3.25 mm
220 - 250 yards (201 - 229 m)
144 stitches (fits a 21.5" head with ease)
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Meant to be worn either slouchy or as a beanie with the brim folded for double warmth over your ears, the Passing Days Hat is just perfect for crisp days! The colours of the yarn remind me of the woods in autumn, after most of the leaves have fallen and everything has turned to subtle dark shades. I was reminded of the “Fall” section of John Denver’s “Season Suite”:

Reflections in the water like shadows in my mind
Speak to me of passing days and nights and passing time
The falling leaves are whispering, winter’s on its way
I close my eyes remembering the warmth of yesterday

And so this became the Passing Days hat. I hope it keeps you warm as the days grow colder!

Passing Days is knit in a cabled slip stitch pattern which helps to break up some of the pooling of variegated yarn. The pattern continues up into the crown, which has a grafted finish for a smooth top that avoids the dreaded “hat nipple”. I think it would look great with a pompom, too :)

The hat is knit in a variegated DK-weight yarn over 144 stitches, and fits a 21.5”/54.6 cm head with quite a bit of ease if worn with the brim unfolded, and more closely with the brim folded up. The size can be adjusted by changing yarn and/or needles, or by adding more repeats of the stitch pattern.

The sample hat was knit with one 100g skein of Shirsty Cat Just DK SW in the Alstroemeria colourway, with about 15g left over. If you make the hat bigger, you may need more than one skein of yarn. Gauge is 28 stitches/4 inches in stockinette, and one repeat of the eight-stitch pattern is about an inch, unstretched - the slipped stitches pull the work in a little.