AL­PACA BEANIE

Knit Today Magazine - - Alpaca Beani -

This del­i­cate beanie hat is lux­u­ri­ously soft and in­cred­i­bly fem­i­nine thanks to the rich al­paca con­tent. It’ll match al­most ev­ery­thing in your wardrobe and ba­si­cally be your best friend dur­ing the chilly win­ter months. With stripes never go­ing out of fash­ion, they’re bril­liant for us­ing up ran­dom balls from your stash too. Once knit­ted, we’re con­vinced you’ll be hooked on mak­ing hats – we cer­tainly are! When chang­ing the stripe colours, break the yarn each time. Weave in all ends once the shap­ing is com­plete, and be­fore sewing the side seam.

HAT Us­ing 3.25mm nee­dles and Soft Grey cast on 110 sts us­ing the long tail method (p91). Set up row (WS): K2 (p2, k2) to end. Row 1 (RS): P2 (k2, p2) to end. Row 2 (WS): K2 (p2, k2) to end. Rep the last two rows a to­tal of eight times. Rep row 1 once more. Row 18 (WS): Purl.

Change to 3.75mm nee­dles and Twill. Row 19 (RS): Knit. Row 20 (WS): Purl. Rep the last 2 rows once more.

Change to Soft Grey. Row 23 (RS): Knit. Row 24 (WS): Purl. Rep the last 2 rows once more.

Change to Twill. Rep the last eight rows a to­tal of five times.

Change to Twill. Row 59 (RS): Knit. Row 60 (WS): Purl.

Rep the last two rows once more. Your hat should now mea­sure 20cm (8in) in length.

Change to Soft Grey. Note: You will now con­tinue only in Soft Grey. Row 63 (RS): Knit. Row 64 (WS): Purl.

Shape top of hat Row 65 (RS): K2­tog, k4 (sl2, k1, p2sso, k9) 8 times, sl2, k1, p2sso, k5. 91 sts We’ve made our pom-pom in one shade but you could have fun mix­ing the yarns to­gether

Row 66 (and all WS rows): Purl. Row 67: K4 (sl2, k1, p2sso, k7) 8 times, sl2, k1, p2sso, k4. 73 sts Row 69: K3 (sl2, k1, p2sso, k5) 8 times, sl2, k1, p2sso, k3. 55 sts Row 71: K2 (sl2, k1, p2sso, k3) 8 times, sl2, k1, p2sso, k2. 37 sts Row 73: K1 (sl2, k1, p2sso, k1) 8 times, sl2, k1, p2sso, k1. 19 sts

Break yarn, carry through re­main­ing sts and fas­ten off.

MAK­ING UP 1 Weave in your ends neatly, en­sur­ing that you weave in each colour to its own stripe sec­tion for a good fin­ish. 2 Us­ing Soft Grey sew the back seam us­ing mat­tress stitch, match­ing stripes care­fully as you work along the seam. 3 If de­sired, make a small pom-pom us­ing re­main­ing Soft Grey yarn and stitch se­curely to the top of the hat. Lear

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