11 January 2012

The Cockerel hat

I've got no recollection of ever seeing my grandma knit. But judging by the state of the drop-spindles that once belonged to her, she spun yarn often. The yarn that was used to knit with, obviously. I still own a hat that she knit when I was little. I loved that hat so much, that I took it with me a few years after moving out of my parents house*.
It's has been tucked away for at least five years now after being worn by my own kid, but after bumping into a photo of her wearing it I got it out to admire a little more I thought the world wanted more Cockerels. Even though it didn't know about it yet!

I was very glad that Petite Purls liked the idea and wanted to include the pattern in their Winter 2012 issue; and so, without further ado, please welcome my take on the family heirloom.

The pattern comes in 3 sizes to fit head circumference 16 [18, 20] inches / 40.5 [46, 51] cm with a little negative ease. It's worked in a soft Cascade Yarns Pima Silk, which is a cotton and silk mix in worsted weight but is knit to a  slightly tighter gauge of 22 stitches to 4 inches to get a nice dense fabric.
The hat is worked flat and shaped as a kerchief. After the main part is finished, the ruffle is knitted onto the slanted sides of the kerchief. The back of the hat is then joined together to form a tube of sorts. And lastly, the neck opening is trimmed with an I-cord to prevent the edge from curling. Instructions are provided for a buttonhole and a button placement. Alternatively you can make ties instead of the button closure, by working a length of I-cord before and after the neck opening.

Enjoy!  on Petit Purls website ------ on Ravelry

* there is a pair of socks from dad's mum and this hat from mum's mum - I am very sentimental this way.

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