A cute, quick knit hat in an easy to memorise lace pattern.
Yarn: Rowan Lima, 1 skein = 109 yards/100 metres
Needles: Set of four 5mm / US 8 double pointed needles (dpns), or one 5mm/US 8 circular needle for magic loop.
Gauge: 22 stitches and 28 rows =
4” in stocking stitch using 5mm needles,
ball-band gauge: 20sts = 4” in stocking stitch with 5.5mm needles.
Dimensions: To fit an average ladies head (about 22” around).
CO = cast on
k = knit
kb= knit into back of next stitch
p = purl
yo = bring yarn forward
k2 tog = knit next two stitches together
sk2p = slip 1, k2tog, pass slipped stitch over.
Round 1: *kb1 p1* to end of row.
Repeat Round 1 for pattern.
Cladach Lace Pattern:
Round 1: *p2 yo k3 sk2p k3 yo* to end.
Round 2: knit
Round 3: *p2 k1 yo k2 sk2p k2 yo k1* to end.
Round 4: knit
Round 5: *p2 k2 yo k1 sk2p k1 yo k2* to end.
Round 6: knit
Round 7: *p2 k3 yo sk2p yo k3* to end.
Round 8: knit.
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CO 72 stitches over three dpns (27 stitches on first needle, 27 on second, 18 on third) or on circular needle for magic loop method. Join stitches in the round ensuring they're not twisted and if using circular needle, place marker for beginning of row.
Work in Twisted Rib Pattern for 10 rounds, then work set up round as follows.
Set up round: *p2 yo k7 yo* until end of round. You should now have 88 stitches.
Work in Cladach Lace Pattern, starting on Round 2. Work to the end of the written instructions, then work written instructions three more times in full.
Work in stocking stitch (i.e. knit every round) for four rounds, then decrease as follows:
Decrease round 1: *k9 k2tog* to end of round.
Decrease round 2: knit.
Decrease round 3: *k8 k2tog* to end of round.
Decrease round 4: knit.
Decrease round 5 *k7 k2tog* to end of round.
Decrease round 6: knit.
Decrease round 7: *k6 k2tog* to end of round.
Decrease round 8: knit.
Decrease round 9: *k5 k2tog* to end of round.
Decrease round 10: *k4 k2tog* to end of round.
Decrease round 11: *k3 k2tog* to end of round.
Decrease round 12: *k2 k2tog* to end of round.
Decrease round 13: *k1 k2tog* to end of round.
Decrease round 14: *k2tog* to end of round.
You should have 8 stitches left. Cut the yarn, leaving a 6” tail. Thread the long tail onto a needle, and slip the 8 remaining stitches onto the thread. Pull tight and sew over the little hole at the top a few times. Weave in the loose ends on the wrong side and you're done!