A Seemingly simple fair isle hat with a couple of tricks up my sleeve.
Wanting to make a hat for my son that he would wear, I suggested he create a color work design. Great design, except he had no idea how difficult it is to knit small stripes of different colors in the round. I also had to use an acrylic blend (because 100% wool is too itchy for him) and the typical beanie stretches out of shape in acrylic.
To solve these problems I designed a hat with a hem which gives stability, extra warmth and it hides all those ends. The traveling jogless stripe technique makes a very smooth transition for knitting stripes and detailed instructions are included. I didn't stop there however, I decided to also included a slouchy version.
How to change colors for the stripes in the round is fully explained along with how to knit the hem. A complete list of abbreviations, a stitch glossary explaining the techniques used in the project and graph are included. Experience with knitting in the round is recommended.
Level: advanced beginner to intermediate.
18 stitches & 26 rows = 4 inches/10cm
105 yards of Worsted weight
My design philosophy: My designs are a mixture of traditional and non-traditional elements. My patterns are easy to read and are often based on simple shapes and techniques that minimize complicated finishing. The majority of my patterns are accessories so sizing is often not critical. My love of texture and color shows up in my ability to mix yarns and to match yarns to particular styles.