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Free hat pattern – Ryan – knitting, one skein

Ryan | free knitting pattern | Ravelry | hat | faerwear

Warning:

I never gauged any of these free hat patterns. They were written when i was getting ready to birth my now nearly six year old daughter – I was pretty much too big to move much and kind friends were commissioning hats to keep me sane – I named the three free patterns I created after them.

Who was Ryan?

Ryan was a sweet, outdoorsy guy who wore a lot of stuff from Patagonia. He requested a fitted hat in gray and left me to my own devices. Wanting to keep myself interested, I came up with this rib and cable design. He wanted a form-fitting cap, and you can knit the straight rows longer just above the ribbing if you want a brim you can fold up to make it “skullcappy”. This hat is sized to fit an average adult male head of 24″ but because it’s really stretchy, it will fit an average woman’s head size of 22″ as well. As is the case with Shakti and Arrow,  this is a free pattern transcribed from my chicken scratch – however, it was originally written in 2010, and all reported errata has long since been edited into the pattern (the last reported errata was in early 2011). Knit as your own discretion as I cannot offer pattern support, but Ravelry forums are awesome.

Materials:

  • Yarn: The yarn I used originally was Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller Alpaca Love, 80% Pure New Wool/20% Alpaca; 85g/132 yards; 1 skein (you’ll use about half!) – but it was discontinued! Try Cascade 220 regular or superwash, or Berocco Ultra Alpaca worsted 🙂
  • US8 dpns
  • US8 16″ circular needle (optional)
  • Stitch marker (1)
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Stitches & Abbreviations:

  • k: knit
  • p: purl
  • k2tog: knit two stitches together
  • yo (increase): yarn over
  • sl1: slip one stitch purlwise from left needle to right
  • psso: pass slipped stitch over
  • C6B: slip three stitches purlwise to cable needle and hold in back; knit three stitches, knit three from cable needle
  • eor: End Of Round

Instructions:

Using the long-tail cast-on method, cast on 72 stitches, join for working in the round and place marker for end of round. Knit 10 rows of k2, p2 rib and begin pattern:

Round 1: *k2, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k4, p1, k1, p2; repeat from * to eor.
Round 2 (and all even rows until otherwise noted): *k8, p1, k1, p2; repeat from * to eor.
Round 3: *k3, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k3, p1, k1, p2; repeat from * to eor.
Round 5: *k4, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k2, p1, k1, p2; repeat from * to eor.
Round 7: *k5, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k1, p1, k1, p2; repeat from * to eor.
Round 9: *C6B, yo, sl1, k1, psso, p1, k1, p2; repeat from * to eor.
Round 10: *k8, p1, k1, p2; repeat from * to eor.

Repeat the above ten rows four times in total, then begin decreasing for crown:

Round 41: *k2tog, k4, k2tog, p1, k1, p2; repeat from * to eor.
Round 42: *k6, p1, k1, p2; repeat from * to eor.
Round 43: *k2tog, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k2tog, p1, k1, p2; repeat from * to eor.
Round 44: *k4, p1, k1, p2; repeat from * to eor.
Round 45: *k2tog, k2, p1, k1, p2; repeat from * to eor.
Round 46: *k3, p1, k1, p2; repeat from * to eor.
Round 47: *k2tog, k1, p1, k1, p2; repeat from * to eor.
Round 48: *k2, p1, k1, p2; repeat from * to eor.
Round 49: *k2tog, p1, k1, p2; repeat from * to eor.
Round 50: *k1, p1, k1, p2; repeat from * to eor.
Round 51: *k2tog, k1, p2tog; repeat from * to eor.
Round 52: *k2tog, p1; repeat from * to eor.
Round 53: k2tog around.

Cut yarn and with tapestry needle, thread through remaining stitches on the needle. Weave in ends. Block if preferred.

As always, this pattern, as with all content on this weblog, is protected by copyright. If you like this pattern and choose to knit it, I’d really love it if you’d add it to your Ravelry projects.

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