Raksti Lined Hat by Inese Iris Liepina

Raksti Lined Hat

July 2021
both are used in this pattern
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
29 stitches and 37 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 1 - 2.25 mm
522 - 562 yards (477 - 514 m)
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MC - 60-65g, Urth Harvest Fingering
CC - 60-65g, Urth Uneek Fingering

S/M - fits 21” - 23” / 53cm - 58cm head
L/XL - fits 22”- 24” / 56cm - 61cm head
Height: brim to edge of crown - 7” / 18cm
The knit fabric will stretch by 1/3, the hat is deep and it is best to knit a smaller size so it does not slip down over your eyes.

Special Stitch Patterns:
Latvian Braid stitch

Pattern Notes:
Latvians do not say they embroider or weave or knit patterns, they use the same word as for writing- raksti. So you “write” a shirt or “write” a woven belt, because that is the written language that existed eons before Gothic script came to Latvia with the crusaders. Raksti can also be the path of an animals footprints, the rhythm of sounds. Raksti tell a story. The master weavers of Lielvārde are known for their epic several meters long woven belts where the intricate patterns are ever changing and tell the story of the origins of the universe, the big bang, my inspiration for this hat. I topped that with a sun pattern reminiscent of the crystal baubles from Nica’s crown.
The first time I knit an extremely complex Latvian pattern I was stunned that there were several rows where the color changes were 3, 3, 3, 3, 3… I mentioned this to a friend and she said something like; that’s so that you can have a conversation with God/be at one with the universe/meditate/rest your mind, do whatever works for you. There are lots of segments of 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, in this extremely complex hat pattern. Enjoy.