20 August 2008

Shorty Bucket hat - done!

P8190014  Perfectly round crown

P8190008  Neat edges

P8190006  Nice fit

P8190002  Ta-Da!

Knitted on 5.5mm needles with only one ball of RYC Soft tweed, it was a real quickie. The ball band suggested 12sts/10cm (4in) tension on 8mm needles, but whichever size needles I tried I got exactly the same tension of 16sts/ 10cm. Have no idea why. The hat is worked in a round bottom up, the crown is worked separately from the centre and then they are joined together with 3 needle bind off.

Bucket hat

To fit 18 (20, 22, 24) inches/ 46 (51, 56, 61)cm head circumference
You will need 68 (76, 84, 91) yards of RYC Soft tweed
Tension 16sts per 4in/ 10cm
5.5 mm (US 9) circular needle and a set of 5.5 mm (US 9) double pointed needles
Marking threads

Knit f/b - knit through front and back of the stitch - increases one stitch

Cast on 64 (72, 80, 88) sts, place contrast marker and join for knitting in a round.
Knit every round until the hat measures 4 (4, 4.5, 4.5) inches from the cast on edge. Set aside.

With double pointed needles cast on 4 sts, place contrast marker and join for knitting in a round.
Round 1: Knit f/b of every stitch and place a marking thread after every stitch - 8sts on the needles.
Round 2: Knit f/b to end - 16sts on the needles.
Round 3: Knit every stitch.
Round 4: [Knit to last stitch before marker, knit f/b, slip marker] - to end - 24sts on the needles.
Round 5: Knit every stitch
Repeat rounds 4 and 5 until 6 (7, 8, 9) more times. 64 (72, 80, 88) sts on the needles.

Place both pieces with right sides facing you and wrong sides together. Work 3-needle bind-off. Weave in ends. 

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