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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