winter hat

experimenting with designs and stitches to create the perfect “snood”, discovered this stitch made a great light weight winter hat. Perfect for our high desert winters where the temps rarely got lower than the 20’s.  This open stitch allows for warmth without starting to my head a-sweating.  The first hat was too small, and while it worked, it didn’t sit well. With some wintery weather on its way, a new hat was needed.  The stitch is simple, starting with a rib knit for around the face and head, then switch to larger needles.  Knit one or two or three stitches, yarn over, K2. At the end of the row turn and straight knit the next, dropping the yarn overs.  I do this back and forth, not on a circular or dpns.  Like to stagger the yarn overs.  when the hat is of sufficient depth, begin reducing the stitches until just a few are left (how many depends on the heaviness of the yarn).  Then do a bind off and leave a long tail.  Weave the tail back through the bind off to pull it round and tight, and then stitch together the edges carefully.  This time, I left a small opening so I could pull my hair through if I wanted to wear it down and out.  If not, it could all stay inside, plenty of room.  The hat is slouchy enough that can even be worn Beret style.  The yarn is a heavy rug weight acrylic that I found at the thrift shop without a label.  Started the rib on 10.5 needle, the guage being 4 stitches/inch in rib.  It stretched out to 2 stitches/inch, so based on a head circumferance of 23″, figured a negative ease of 3 stitches per inch or 69 stiches.  After about an inch of rib, switched to a regular garter stitch for a couple of rows on size 15 needles, and then switched to the pattern noted above.  When finished, reinforced the rib with elastic thread to help keep the hat snug.  took 90 grams of yarn.

Will post more on the snood when I get that down to what I want. If you google the term you’ll find two different items; one is a scarf/hood combination and the other is something similar to this hat, but with an almost hair net loose stitch.  Its great for keeping the hair out of your face while gardening or other work, keeps it out of your food, and keeps it orderly in the wind, all without crushing your style or creating a hat crink in your hair!

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