Sunday, March 9, 2008

The Democratic Hat

This hat was inspired by “The Republic Hat”
Since campaigning is in high gear now, the name for my version seemed just right. You may wear yours regardless of your political persuasion.

1 skein Araucania Loa (47 yd/100g)
1 skein Araucania Limari (61 yd/100g)
1 set #11 16” circular needle and 1 set #11 dpn’s (or size needed to obtain gauge – I knit loosely; you might need #13’s to get the same gauge)

Gauge: 2 ½ stitches per inch

Size: Adult medium; approximately 22” circumference

With Loa (brim color) CO 50 st. on 16” circular needle. Place marker, join, being careful not to twist.
Beginning with a purl row, knit in garter stitch (k one round, p one round) until piece measures 2 ½ inches from cast on edge.

Switch to Limari (main color yarn) and knit in stockinette (k every round) until hat measures 6 inches from cast on edge.

Begin decreases, switching to dpn’s when work becomes too tight on the circular needle:
*K 8, K2tog* repeat around
*K 7, K2tog* repeat around
*K 6, K2tog* repeat around
*K 5, K2tog* repeat around
*K 4, K2tog* repeat around
*K 3, K2tog* repeat around
*K 2, K2tog* repeat around
*K 1, K2tog* repeat around
*K2tog* repeat around

Cut yarn, leaving a 6” tail. Using tapestry needle, thread yarn through remaining stitches and weave in tail on the wrong side of the work. Weave in remaining ends.

Add a fancy button or campaign button to the brim if you wish!

Copyright 2008 River Knits

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