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Inca cat hat


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The hat for cat lovers. Inspired by cat motifs woven into border of the Incan textiles from Peru. Inca cat hat is a traditional colorwork pattern with a two colored ribbing. The cat motif and the wave pattern come from a garment panel dated between 1100- 1500 AD, while the pattern on the crown was loosely adapted from a poncho, circa 500-300 BC. The little animal, a mythical creature, in the narrow band is from a mantle fragment woven around 500 AD. The pattern instructions are clear and easy to work with, taking all the stress out of knitting a colorwork hat. The pattern features detailed written instructions, photos, and complete charts. There is a matching mitten pattern available BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knitting in the round, stranded knitting with two colors, reading a chart, and Kitchener stitch. GAUGE 36 stitches and 36 rounds = 4 inches (10 cm) in stranded work 9 stitches = 1 inch (2.5 cm) in stranded work approx. 9 rounds = 1 inch (2.5 cm) SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 22 inch circumference SUGGESTED YARN 250 yards of Fingering weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Knit Picks Palette COLORWAY Hazelnut, pimento, clover, canary and orange

Supplies Needed

  • US#1 (2.25mm) 16 or 20" (40 or 50 cm) circular needles US#2 (2.75mm) 16 or 20" (40 or 50 cm) circular needles US#2 (2.75mm) DPNs
  • 1 row marker and 9-11 stitch markers

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