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This pattern is for a very warm winter hat made from recycled, left-over or hand-spun yarn. This lined hat is knit from the top down and the pattern includes instructions for nearly any gauge of yarn. The pattern includes specific directions for child, small adult and large adult sizes at a gauge of 15, 20 and 24 stitches to 4"/10cm, as well as instructions for customizing the hat to other gauges and sizes. The pattern also includes charts for the stranded colorwork, and measurements written in inches and centimeters. The main color and contrast color should be knit using two yarns of approximately the same weight. The liner yarn can be the same weight or a slightly thinner yarn. A liner knit at a slightly loose gauge will still trap plenty of air and be warm to wear. The liner is also an excellent place to use small amounts of warm, luxury yarns, especially those in colors that may not be to your taste. The gray sample hat measures 22"/56 cm in circumference and was knit on US 8/5.0 mm needles using gray 100% lambswool, white 100% wool and green 100% cashmere, all of which were recycled from thrift store sweaters. The white and pink sample hat measures 18"/46 cm in circumference and was knit on US 2/2.75 mm needles using 1 50g ball of Patons Kroy Sock yarn (75% wool, 25% acrylic), 14 g of unknown variegated sock yarn (100% acrylic), and 20 g of recycled 100% cashmere. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Cast on Knit Purl Stranded colorwork Knitting in the round Increase Decrease GAUGE Any! SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Size Child - 18" circumference Size Small Adult - 20" circumference Size Large Adult - 22" circumference

Supplies Needed

  • aprx. 105-255 yards of each of three colors of yarn
  • double-pointed needles of size appropriate for your yarn
  • double-pointed needles of one size smaller than those listed above

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Sarcastic Stitches
Sarcastic Stitches
I learned to knit in 2001 while recovering from an illness and quickly began modifying patterns and then designing my own garments. My designs have since been seen in Knitty, Interweave Knits, Knitscene, and on Boing-Boing. I started designing cross-stitch patterns when I couldn't find patterns that were the right mix of traditional and sarcastic.