It's almost June already, but the temperatures here in Delaware are unseasonably cool still. But, we know that the heat will be here at some point and we want to have some light weight hats ready to go when it arrives. We ordered a nice stash of cotton blend yarns from Knit Picks and Schnapps is having fun coming up with new designs in between taking rides around the block in his new stroller. He can't get too much exercise now, but he does love to be outside and he loves going for rides!
This one reminded several of us of Pac-man..........it is knit using KnitPicks Cot-Lin yarn, a blend of cotton and linen that is crisp and cool and knits up nicely. Feel free to experiment with all sorts of color combinations and have fun with it. The pattern is worked over 8 stitches, so adjust your cast on accordingly if you want to change the size. Suggestions for all yarn weights are included, but realize that if you are using 6-weight yarn you will barely get one pattern repeat done before you need to end your hat. But, try different things and see how you like them!
|Schnapps A/K/A "King of the Road"|
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Shades of Pac-man
You will need 3-weight yarn in 2 different colors and size US 6 needles
s1: slip 1 stitch purlwise, holding yarn to the back
k2tog: knit 2 stitches together
Using Color B, cast on 96 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.
Work Brim: Using Color B
Row 1: knit all stitches
Row 2: purl all stitches
Repeat Rows 1 & 2 until your work measures 2 to 2.5 inches in length.
Work Body of Hat: Using Colors A & B
Rows 1 & 2: Color A: *k4, s1, k3*; repeat around
Rows 3 & 4: Color B: *k3, s1, k1, s1, k1, s1*; repeat around
Rows 5 & 6: Color A: *s1, k1, s1, k1, s1, k3*; repeat around
Rows 7 & 8: Color B: *k3, s1, k4*; repeat around
Rows 9 & 10: Color A: *s1, k7*; repeat around
Rows 11 & 12: Color B: *k1, s1, k1, s1, k3, s1*; repeat around
Rows 13 & 14: Color A: *s1, k3, s1, k1, s1, k1*; repeat around
Rows 15 & 16: Color B: *k7, s1*; repeat around
Repeat Rows 1 -16 until piece is about 7.5 to 8 inches in length.
Crown Decrease: use dpn’s when needed: Color B
Row 1: *k6, k2tog *; repeat around
Row 2: *k5, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *k4, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4: *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 5: *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 6: *k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 7: *k2tog*; repeat around
Finish: Cut working yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail. Draw the tail through the remaining stitches, cinch closed and secure. Weave in ends and share.
If using 6-weight yarn, use size 13 needles and cast on 48.
If using 5-weight yarn, use size 10 needles and cast on 64 stitches.
If using 4-weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 80.
The pattern is worked over 8 stitches.
Experiment and enjoy!