This hat combines knitting and crocheting

My new hat in tones of blue, pink and purple

A few days ago I made this casual hat that combines knitting and crocheting. I got this lovely Rigato yarn (90 m / 50 g) from Wolle Rödel (color 014) as a gift from my sister last year. I just love the color gradient.

Suddenly I knew what it had been waiting to become. A casual hat that goes really well with my favorite scarf.

My cast on. Next step is to start knitting the rib in the round.

I cast on 68 stitches and worked for 20 rows in the knit 2, purl 2 -ribbing.

Then I used a basic bind off leaving only the last stitch. I switched my double pointed needles (6 mm) into a crochet hook (4,5 mm) and started working into the same stitches using double crochet stitches. I crocheted in the round in spirals. From the fourth round up I started making decreases evenly spaced at four points per round. Starting with four decreases per round and later making double decreases.

I used 59 g of the yarn in total. Hope I come up with something to make off the around 40 g that is left of this beautiful yarn.

The Rigato yarn is made in Italy, 90 m/ 50 g

I wear the hat with the ribbing folded up as a brim. I really like the loose fit of this casual hat.

This time I just wanted to write the pattern down quickly. This hat is super easy to make and I don’t think it really requires much more instructions to succeed but feel free to ask for some directions if you need help.

Knitting Fantasy

Me and boyfriend we are huge fans of Game of Thrones and while waiting for the new episodes we have been re-watching all the seven seasons. At the same time I have also been listening to The Farseer Trilogy audiobooks by Robin Hobb.

So a lot of fantasy and dragons while I have been working on these SMAUG mittens. The pattern is made by JennyPenny and is available in Ravelry. Here is the link to the pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/smaug-mittens

I decided on a different cuff for these than in the original design so that the mittens go nicely under the sleeves of a jacket. The fingering weight yarn I used for these is Socki Fine from Adlibris. In my opinion the green color (goes by the name Green Parakeet, B089) is perfect for this pattern.

I played with the thought of making the eyes of the second mitten blue in reference to the dragon the Night’s King awakened but ended up making both of them in yellow and orange.

I never got a chance to take a picture of the finished mittens since my boyfriend started using them immediately and has been making his friends envy ever since 😀

I would like to make myself a pair of socks with this same pattern one day, maybe in red or black and white.

Do you like to watch TV or listen to audio books while knitting?

Rule of Thirds Beanie + free pattern

One grey and one orange version of the Rule of Thirds Beanie

Some general thoughts:

The pattern of the beanie is playing with the number three and multiples of it and also the decreases are made in three places resolving in an interesting and beautiful shape. That is why I came up with the name Rule of Thirds Beanie. The Rule of Thirds is a principle used widely in Photography and Arts to ensure balanced compositions.

The beanie is knit with two strands of yarn held together throughout the work. Since the whole beanie is ribbed it is really flexible and basically adjusts itself to any shape of head. The hat has a brim which is folded and attached to the inside to keep your ears and forehead warm.

Materials:

Yarn: two balls of itch-free 320 – 360 m / 100 g yarn ( 50 g / ball )

For the orange beanie (comfortably fits a head with a circumference of 54 cm) I used around 75 g of Baby merino yarn from Adlibris. The color is Orange Rust (A034) 180 / 50g

The grey beanie fits a head with around 58 cm. For that one I used Madame Tricote Paris Cashmere Gold yarn which is a little bit thicker than the one from Adlibris with 320 m / 100g. The beanie took around 85 g of yarn to make.

Needles: I like to knit hats with six double pointed needles. Since when working with only five needles the stitches tend to drop from my needles. The size I used is 4,00 mm ( US size 6 )

In addition you need two cable needles (or e.g. shorter extra double pointed needles of the same size or smaller)

Gauge: around 20 stitches = 10 cm (suitably stretched)

A tapestry needle to weave in the loose ends.

Instruction:

Cast on 108 stitches with two strands of yarn.

Join for working in the round.

Work the *purl 1, knit 1 through the back loop* ribbing for 32 rounds.

In round 33 the folded brim is attached to the inside: Fold the brim so that the edge with the stitches you have cast on is right behind the stitches you are working on at the moment. Work this row alternately purling one and knitting the next stitch together with a stitch that you pick up from the corresponding cast on – stitch. Continue until the end of the round.

Note: If you like you can skip this step and just fold the brim inside or outside or alternatively sew it in place when you have finished the knitting of the whole beanie. In this case simply continue with the ribbing for round 33.

Next work the rounds 1-24 of the chart (repeating the 12 stitches 9 times each round)

A closeup of the pattern

Start making the decreases according to the following chart: (repeat three times each round)

Note that on round 19 on the decreasing chart you have to pass the last stitch from the previous round to the first needle of the next round in order to make the decrease correctly.

After the 19. round of decreasing there are 18 stitches left. Break yarn. With tail threaded on a tapestry needle, draw through the remaining stitches and pull tight.

Weave in loose ends on the wrong side

A bird’s-eye view shot of the beanie.

I really like how the decreases crown the beanie.

I will have to make some photos of someone actually wearing these hats soon. Hope I get my sister or a friend to model these for me so that I can make some nice shots.

Enjoy knitting this beanie 🙂