Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Got the Blues Berini: New Free Hat Pattern

Update: If you're new here, welcome! I have a great pattern giveaway at this post! Oh, and good luck with your hat. I'd love a comment or photo of yours!

Here's the second in my Chicago Winter design series: Got the Blues Berini.

This hat is a cross between a snug beanie and a beret: "berini". It's knit from the top down in Cascade's Cash Vero, a really soft and luxurious cashmere blend yarn. The stitch pattern involves dropping stitches, and that’s just plain old fun. And....

It's Reversible!

Finished Measurements
Circumference (unstretched): 19 inches
Will comfortably fit heads from 21 – 23 inches

Materials
  • 2 skeins of Cascade Cash Vero [55% Merino extra fine wool, 33% Microfiber, 12% Cashmere]; 98 yd/90 m per 50g skein]; Color: 028
  • 1 set US #10/6 mm double-point needles
  • 1 16-inch US #8/5 mm circular needle length-circular needle
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch marker
Gauge
16 sts/24 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch
Wrong Side Out

Drop Stitch Pattern
Multiple of 3 stitches:
Rows 1 – 3: Knit all stitches
Row 4: *K2, drop next st off needle and unravel it 3 rows down, so that there are 3 loose strands behind st; then insert right-hand needle from front into 4th st down and also under the 3 loose strands, and knit, drawing the stitch up and catching the strands behind it; rep from *

Right Side Out

Knitting Instructions
Using double-point needle, CO 4 sts, leaving an 8-inch tail.

Row 1: Without turning the work, slide the stitches to the other end of the needle. Pull the yarn around the back. KFB of all stitches = 8 stitches total. This type of beginning will help close the hole at the top of the hat neatly.

Divide sts evenly between 3 needles: 3 sts each on 2 needles, 2 sts on the third needle.

Crown Increases
PM*, join to begin working in the round.
Row 2: kfb each stitch all around = 16 stitches
Row 3: kfb each stitch all around = 32 stitches
Row 4: kfb each stitch all around = 64 stitches (if you have a small head or would like a more fitted hat, stop crown increases here and proceed to the hat body directions)
Row 5: *K7, KFB* rep from * all around* = 72 stitches

Hat Body
Switch to size 8/5mm circular needle.
Rows 6 – 9: Knit Drop Stitch pattern.
Remaining rows: Repeat patt stitch 10 more times.

Hat Brim
Knit in K1, P2 ribbing for 6 rounds.
Bind off loosely

Use tail at CO end to sew up small hole in top of hat. Weave in ends. No need to block. The lace pattern will open up slightly when the hat is worn.



Many, many thanks to Caymus the dog and my dear friend and photographer: Chartier Lukacs.

10 comments:

Karen said...

These photos are so great of you, you've got to model. You are so not even close to 40, you brat. How do you keep your skin so nice in winter!!! I love that hat! But you know how I am about the itch factor!!!

handknitsbysusan said...

Beautiful hat! I love the color and the texture of the stitch.

marinade said...

I really love this hat! I've been totally inspired by slouchy hats this year. I'm so glad they are coming back in...

Bree Miller said...

great looking hat!

Young n Crafty said...

I love it! I wish I could do it... a bit too complicated for me right now. Just started knitting. :)

OrangeBeauty said...

I'm stuck.... is the gauge meant for the size 10 needles or the size 8's? Thanks!

Maggie said...

I made this hat with Cascade Eco-Wool and it turned out great. I gave it to my sister for Christmas and she just called me the other day to tell me how much she loves it. I was surprised how fast and easy it worked up. Thanks for sharing your pattern!

The Dragons Tigress said...

What needles should I use if I want to make this hat with bulky yarn?

Monica said...

Row 4 of the drop stitch pattern has me completely confused. I've started this hat about 5 times and cannot figure out what is meant by "then insert right-hand needle from front into 4th st down and also under the 3 loose strands, and knit, drawing the stitch up and catching the strands behind it." I've tried what I think it means (knitting the 4th stitch down once it's picked up) but then I don't understand why it says to pick it up with the right hand needle and not the left. Everything I've tried has always turned into a train wreck. If anyone can clarify this part, please do!

Anonymous said...

I would really love to knit this hat, but as a novice knitter, I am also a little confused about row 4 of the decrease pattern. I'll try to figure it out as I get started. But I also have another question.

For the Hat Body you say:
Rows 6 – 9: Knit Drop Stitch pattern.
Remaining rows: Repeat patt stitch 10 more times.

How do I know how many rows remain? Is it the Drop Stitch pattern I am repeating for 10 more rows? So rows 6-19?

Thanks!!!