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Dankers Hats


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Sometimes you have a small amount of some precious yarnhandspun, hand dyed, a gift, or a luxury item that you could afford just one skein of. You think it's enough for a hat, but adding in the swatch could just put you over. Sometimes you just want to jump into a project and not worry about working that swatch, particularly for something as simple as a hat or other small accessory. This pair of matching hats are written to be "gaugeless". They use two different techniques to achieve a good fit. In the first hat (shown in Adult L on James), you will start by working a brim sideways to length, then will pick up and knit stitches for the crown. In the second hat (shown in Adult M on Katherine), you start at the top of the crown and increase to certain diameter points, then end by working the brim down to length. This pair of hats was designed as a wedding present for some cousins. They use the same stitch on the brim, stockinette on the crown, and an I-cord edge/bindoff at the bottom edge. They say you come to look like your spouse with time... BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Knitting in the round Knit & purl patterning Provisional cast on GAUGE 15 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Child (Adult S, Adult M, Adult L). This corresponds to a head circumference of 18 (20, 22, 24)in [46 (51, 56, 61)cm].

Supplies Needed

  • 100 - 250 yards (91 - 229 m) bulky weight yarn
  • US 10 (6mm) circular and/or double pointed knitting needles
  • Stitch markers

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Katherine Vaughan Designs
Katherine Vaughan Designs
I’m a lifelong knitter, from a family of knitters, gardeners, seamstresses, and sailors (yes, even the men!) - who also happen to be doctors, scientists, priests, and businesspeople (yes, even the women!). I like to design baby blankets, accessories for children, adults, and the home, and garments for children and adults. You can find my patterns through my indie line here on Craftsy or in a variety of print and online magazines and books. I happily work with local yarn stores, crafters, and indie dyers: please contact me to start a conversation about how we can support each other! I’m a certified knitting teacher, accomplished technical editor for knitting patterns, and in my daily life am an academic science librarian.