Sunday, January 04, 2009

Helmet hat

This is my first attempt using google docs to publish a pattern. It needs editing ! It won't be edited to Monday.The pattern can be more easily viewed as a google doc here

The Helmet Hat—(aka The Tulip Hat)

Almost the same as the sweet baby hat, which is a clear cousin to EZ ski hat, but with few different bells and whistles. 

Made in dark colors,
it’s a helmet hat, knit in pastels, it becomes a Tulip hat.

It is a gender neutral design –color makes the difference!

There are 3 images of the hat --this is the first.

Size: Med Adult
hat –see design notes for changes for small/larger hat

Yarn: 200
yards worsted weight
Finer (DK or Sports
weight, knit on smaller needles will create a child’s hat—and
you’ll need more yards)Heavier yarn
(Aran/chunky weight yarn/larger needles will create a larger hat)

Needles: US size 8/5 mm (or smaller or larger for a tighter(smaller)
hat or a looser, (larger hat)—or size needle suitable for yarn-also see design notes.

Gauge: 18 stitch=4 inches/10mm (yields a 19 inch hat--suitable for 20 inch head) This
hat does not need a lot of negative ease.

Details/Construction NOTES:

Use any cast on. (I like a pretty one, and suggest the Channel Island)

Use any non curl knitting stitch pattern for first few rows (pattern calls for garter,but seed can be substituted, or another pattern. (I don’t think ribbing works well, but you can decide for your self!)

I suggest markers in 2 colors—one for Increases points, one for decrease points. Increases and decrease can be done in the style of your choice; I USED lifted (aka Raised increases) and raised (center double) decreases.   These styles of increases and decreases make a strong line—and I think this detail contributes to the over all design.

(No directions are include for these increases/decreases, Use links to on line directions
or consult a reference book)
I knit this hat on a single long circ (magic loop style); Use what ever needles (single long circ, 2 med circs, or a set of 4 DPN’s) whatever works best for you.

This hat can be altered to be knit flat, and sewn up.

To make this change:

Add 2 selvage stitches
(first/last stitch--cast on 93)

Knit these selvage
stitches every row of work.

Purl the plain rows

After binding off
drawstring style, sew back seam.

Pattern:

Cast on 91

Work 6 R's in garter--

R1: Knit all

R2: Purl all

(repeat these 2 rows, 2 more times for a total of 6 rounds)

Shaping: (stitch count remains the same/increases and decreases are balanced)

R1:K1, Place marker,
M1, (lifted increase) K13, K3tog (center raised decrease), Place marker in center stitch of decreases, K13, M1, K1, M1 (place marker in center stitch (K1)of group) , K13, K3tog, (center raised decrease), Place marker in center stitch of decreases, K13, M1, K1, M1 (place marker in center stitch (K1) stitch of group)K13,K3tog (center raised decrease), Place marker in center stitch of decreases, K13, M1, Place marker, K1.

R2: Knit all stitches in round

R3: K1, slip marker, M1, (lifted increase) K13, K3tog (center raised decrease--refer to marker for location), K13, M1, K1, M1 (refer to marker for location), K13 K3tog, (center raised decrease--refer to marker for location), K13, M1, K1, M1 (place marker in center stitch (K1) K13,K3tog (center raised decrease--refer to marker for location), K13, M1, slip marker, K1.

Repeat R2 (plain row) and R3 (shaping row) until work measures 4 inches, from cast on, and you have completed a PLAIN (R2) of knitting.

KEEP ALL MARKERS in place, moving them up as needed.

(Note: if making a smaller (childs hat) or larger (larger mens) repeat until work measures 3 inches or 5 inches)

Change pattern:

Continue to make decreases every other round, but increase every 4th round—Every Pattern repeat, (4 R’s) there are 6 fewer stitches )

R1: decrease--refer to marker for location), K13, K1, slipmarker, M1, (lifted increase) K13, K3tog (center raised decrease), K13, M1, K1, M1 , K13, K3tog, (center raised decrease) K13, M1, K1, M1, K13, K3tog, (center raised decrease) K13, M1, slip marker, K1.

R2: Knit all stitches

R3: K14, K3tog, (center raised decrease) K27, K3tog, (center raised decrease), K27, K3tog (center raiseddecrease, K14.

R4: Knit all stitches

Repeat these 4 Rounds a total of 3 times (12 rows)

KEEP ALL MARKERS in place, moving them up as needed, and using them to position decreases.

Change Pattern—(6 decreases every other round)

R1: K14, K3tog (center raised decrease), K27, K3tog, (center raised decrease), K27, K3tog (center raised decrease), K14.

R2: Knit all stitches

Repeat this new pattern 4 times (a total of 8 rounds)

KEEP MARKS in place, moving them up as needed, and use them to position decreases.

3rd Pattern Change–(crown shaping/12 decreases every other round)

R1: K2tog, *Knit till 1 before marker, K3tog/(Make a Raised Center decrease)(repeat 3 more times—at each marker), Last stitch of round is SSK--12 decreases!

R2: Knit all sttches.

Continue this pattern
of decreases, (decreasing 12 stitches every other round), until you can no longer do so.

Final round
Decrease evenly (I like to do K2tog till mid point, then work in SSK’s) (5 to 7 stitches remain)

Bind off; drawstring style, going through all stitches twice, bring thread to inside of
hat, make a knot, and weave in tail.

Optional.Make 3 stitch I-cord (2) each about 3 to 5 inches long. Make tassels (2)

Attach tassels to I-cord, Attach other end of I-cord to ‘ear point (first/last set of Center raised decreases) (the I-cord doesn’t have to be long enough to tie under the chin)

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