Monday, September 10, 2012

Woot! Hoot Hat: A free pattern

Just in case there has ever been any doubt, let me clear this up right now.

Loops has the best.  Customers.  Ever.

Case in point:  Tracy.

Not only is Tracy a fabulous mom, head of her PTO and all around supercool person.  But she can make up patterns.  From scratch.  And then she makes up the cutest pattern in our favorite new yarn (Sweet Fiber Yarns hand dyed, washable Merino Twist Worsted).  And she brings the hat to the store, agrees to be photographed in said hat without warning, and then...just to further illustrate my point...she offers to make the pattern free on our blog.



Yes, free.  Could this get any awesome-er?  ("Mm-hmm," I hear all you English teachers murmuring.  "You could avoid butchering our language with words like 'awesom-er.'")

Okay, Tracy did have to be coerced into the photograph just a little.


But eventually, she came around.

I just love how she added the two subtle little beads to emphasize the owl effect of the cables.  And how her choice of reverse stockinette really brings out all the shading in the hand-dyed Sweet Fiber colorways.

Now, these two did not need much coaxing.  Or rather, my daughter didn't need coaxing.  Our new puppy, Purl, didn't have much of a choice.



But see, the hat works great on an 11-year-old head, too.

And now without further ado, here is the pattern.

Woot! Hoot Hat
by Tracy Keeter
 
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Using one skein Sweet Fiber Merino Twist Worsted and size 8 needles, cast on 100 stitches and pm for beginning of round. Work 2x2 rib in the round for 2 inches.
Round 1: purl to last 2 stitches, p2tog
Round 2-4: purl
Round 5: p1, k8, *p3 k8; repeat from * to last 2 stitches, p2
Round 6: p1, *C4B, C4F, p3; repeat from * to last 2 stitches, p2
Round 7-12: p1, *k8, p3; repeat from * to last 2 stitches, p2
Round 13: p1, *C4B, C4F, p3; repeat from * to last 2 stitches, p2
Round 14-17: p1, *K8, p3; repeat from * to last 2 stitches, p2
Round 18: p1, *C4B, C4F, p3; repeat from * to last 2 stitches, p2
Round 19: p1, *C2b, p4, C2F, p3; repeat from * to last 2 stitches, p2
Round 20-23: purl all stitches
Measure work: If piece measures less than 5” from the cast on edge, add additional purl rows until it is long enough.
Round 24: *p12, p2tog; repeat from * to last stitch, p1 (92 sts)
Round 25-26: purl
Round 27: *p11, p2tog; repeat from * to last stitch, p1 (85 sts)
Round 28-29: purl
Round 30: *p10, p2tog; repeat from * to last stitch, p1 (78 sts)
Round 31-32: purl
Row 33-45: Continue as established, with each decrease round containing 1 stitch fewer before the p2tog, and ending each round with p1, until 43 stitches remain on your needles.
Row 46: purl
Row 47: *p4, p2tog; repeat from * to last 2 stitches, p1 (36 sts)
Row 48: purl
Row 49: *p3, p2tog; repeat from * to last 2 stitches, p1 (29 sts)
Row 50: purl
Row 51: *p2, p2tog; repeat from * to last 2 stitches, p1 (22 sts)
Row 52: *p1, p2tog; repeat from * to last 2 stitches, p1 (15 sts)
Row 53: *sl 1 wyib, p2tog, psso; repeat from * (5 sts)
Break yarn, leaving a tail (about 7” long.) Using a tapestry needle, run tail through last 5 stitches and pull to tighten.  Weave in ends.

Tracy had enough yarn left over from her one skein of Sweet Fiber to make matching handwarmers.  Look for that pattern too, coming soon!

And might I suggest you get your yarn just as soon as possible by clicking here.

- Shelley
shop online at loopsknitting.comhttp://www.loopsknitting.com

2 Comments:

Blogger Ms Blondie Knits said...

Cute hat, cute kid, cute puppy! Thanks for the pattern!!!

September 11, 2012 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger Ellice Orenshaw said...

This is great, i love it. Thanks so much for sharing

November 17, 2012 at 10:42 PM  

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