Saturday, January 17, 2009

Da Bronx Hat

This pattern is copyrighted, by Helen Griffin, 2009. All rights are reserved--save this: You may use this pattern for personal use and to knit hat to be donated for charities. The pattern may not be reproduced in anyway, even for distribution to organizations involved in knitting for charity.
Da Bronx Hat
(and the Black Ice & Snow variant)

A close fitted hat, (can be sized or adjusted for finer (sports) or heavier (aran)weight yarns), or for smaller or larger sizes.

Materials: about 200 yards of yarn
(about 100 of each color)—samples worked in worsted weight.

Da Bronx is worked inWhite (Patons classic merino/winter white and Navy)
Black Ice is worked inSolid Black and White (Aran) tweed--the sample hat, in with Lion Brand WoolEase.

Needle: 7(4.5
mm) needles (circular or DPN’s or both)

Gauge: (in stocking knit-18 stitches =4 inches/10mm)

Gauge is not critical-- if you know you are a
loose knitter, make the smaller (80 stitch hat) –or use size 6
needles. If you are at tight knitter, use size 8 needles or make larger (112) hat.

I use the Open/closed cast on for Da Bronx, (see it here: (Video link) —but any 2 yarn, stretchy cast on is suitable—such as long tail or Norwegian long tail.

The same cast on was used for Black Ice, but in solid black, not two toned.

Detail of 2 toned Open/Closed cast on.


Cut a tail of color A(white) about 3 yarns long.
Fold A in half, and tie the 2 ends together with B.
Make a loop, (simple twist, or slip knot, then cast on, use A for thumb, and B for index finger.)
Continue, with a double stranded, Open/close cast on.

Cast on 96 (80/112) Join into round, being careful not to twist, begin ribbing.

R1: K2, P2.

Repeat round 1 until you have 2 of ribbing.

Change Pattern—Da Bronx

R1: pick up CC (color A) and K3, then P1 in MC (navy) repeat (for Round/R)

(Change pattern –Black Ice & Snow)

R1: Pick up CC (color A) and K4, then in MC, P2 repeat (for Round/R)

Repeat R1 until hat measures (from CAST ON) 6 inches.(up to 7 inches for an extra deep hat)

Change pattern crown shaping—Da Bronx: ( below for Black Ice)

(change to DPN’s if desired when needed)

R1: K2tog, K1, ( color A) P1,(color B)—repeat across R, (72 stitches at end of R)

Next 3 R, K2, P1 in color pattern

R5: SSK, (color A) P1 (color B) repeat across R (48 stitches at end of R)

R6: K1, (color A) K1 color B (repeat across R)

R7: K1, (color A) P1, color B (repeat across R)


R8: K1, (color A) K1 color B (repeat across R)

R9: Using color B, K2tog (repeat across R) (24 stitches at the end of R)


Cut/break color A,(leave a tail long enough to comfortable weave in) continue decreases in color B

R10: Knit every stitch

R11: K2tog, (every stitch)—12 stitches at the end of R

R12: Knit every stitch

R13: K2tog (every stitch) 6 stitches at end of R

Cut yarn (leaving 12 inch or so tail) thread tail onto tapestry needle and bind off drawstring style bring tail to inside of hat, knot, then weave in tail (trim excess tail)

Finish: weave in all yarn tail, Add pompom if desired

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Change Pattern/Crown shaping--Black Ice:

(change to DPN’s if desired when needed)

R1: K2tog, K2, (color A) P2, Repeat across R, (80 stitches at end of R)

R2: K3 (color A) P2, color B, ) repeat across R,

R3: Repeat R 2

R4: K1,SSK, (color A) P2, (color B) repeat across R, (64 stitches at end of R)

R5: K2, (color A) P2 (color B)

R6: repeat R 5

R7: K2, (color A), P2tog, (color B) repeat across R, (48 stitches at end of R)

R8 K2, K2, (color A) P1 (color B), ) repeat across R

R9: Repeat R 8

R10: K2tog, (color A), P1, (color B) ) repeat across R, (32 stitches at end of R)

R11: K1, (color A) K1 (color B) repeat across R

R12: K1, (color A) P1 (color B) repeat across R

Break/cut color A (leave a tail long enough to comfortable weave in) continue decreases
in color B

R13: Using ONLY color B, K2tog, across row, (16 stitches at end of R)

R14: Knit all stitches

R15: K2tog, across row, (8 stitches at end of R)

R16: K2tog, across row, (4 stitches at end of R)

Cut yarn (leaving 12 inch or so tail)thread tail onto tapestry needle and bind off drawstring stylebring tail to inside of hat, knot, then weave in tail (trim excess tail)

Finish: weave in all yarn tail, Add pompom if desired

Both of these hats work well with other color combinations.

This sample of the Da Bronx hat was knit using Lamb's Pride in Dusty Rose and Black combination by Mia.(link to her Ravelry page)

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