Tradition Meets Modern Slouch Hat & Mitts
Inspiration for this new approach to a traditional Scandinavian design came from an article written by Elizabeth Zimmermann for the October 1982 issue of Knitting World.
24 sts and 34 rnds = 4 inches/10cm in St st. To save time, take time to check gauge.
Make 1 Left (M1L): Insert LH needle from front to back under the horizontal strand between last st worked and next st on LH needle; knit through back of resulting loop. Make 1 Right (M1R): Insert LH needle from back to front under the horizontal strand between last st worked and next st on LH needle; knit through front of resulting loop. Centered Double Decrease (CDD): Slip next 2 sts as if to k2tog, k1, p2sso to dec 2 sts. Slip marker (sm): Slip marker from LH needle to RH needle.
Hat Stripe With WS facing, *knit 4 rnds B, 2 rnds A; rep from *. Mitt Stripe With WS facing, *knit 4 rnds B, 2 rnds C; rep from *. Flower (multiple of 12 sts) Pat is worked from a chart.
The Stripe pats are worked with the wrong side facing. The hat is turned inside out after band is completed and worked with wrong side facing to end. The mitts are turned inside out after lower edge is completed, and then turned right-side out to finish upper hand above thumb opening.
When working Stripe pattern, carry yarn not in use loosely up wrong side (knit side) of fabric; do not cut.
Edging With circular needle and A, cast on 110 sts; pm for beg of rnd and join, being careful not to twist sts.
Knit 15 rnds. Inc rnd: *K11, M1L; rep from * around—120 sts. Cut A.
With C, knit 1 rnd, purl 3 rnds. Cut C. Band Work 15-rnd Flower pat following chart. Cut A. With C, knit 1 rnd, purl 1 rnd. With B, knit 1 rnd. Body Turn hat inside out and prepare to work in opposite direction with WS facing as follows: Slip first st on RH needle to LH needle, take yarn between needles to the back, slip st back to RH needle.
With WS facing, work 6-rnd Hat Stripe pat 9 times. Cut A.
With B, knit 4 rnds. Shape Crown Note: Change to dpns when sts no longer fit comfortably on circular needle. Set-up rnd: With B, k10 and place locking st marker on last st, [k20 and mark last st] 5 times, k10. Dec rnd: [Knit to 1 st before marked st, CDD] 6 times, knit to end—108 sts.
Moving markers up as necessary, rep Dec rnd [every other rnd] 8 times—12 sts. Knit 1 rnd. Cut yarn, leaving an 8-inch tail. Using tapestry needle, thread tail through rem sts and pull tight.
Weave in all ends
Cuff With dpns and A, cast on 48 sts; distribute sts evenly around 4 dpns, then mark beg of rnd and join, being careful not to twist sts. Knit 10 rnds. Cut A. With B, knit 1 rnd. Turn mitt inside out and prepare to work in opposite direction with WS facing as follows: Slip first st on RH needle to LH needle, take yarn between needles to the back, slip st back to RH needle.
With WS facing, work 6-rnd Mitt Stripe pat 6 times. Thumb Gusset Continuing in Mitt Stripe pat, work as follows: Rnd 1: Knit. Rnd 2: K23, pm, M1R, k2, M1L, pm, knit to end of rnd—4 gusset sts between markers. Rnd 3: Knit. Rnd 4: Knit to marker, sm, M1R, knit to marker, M1L, sm, knit to end— 6 gusset sts.
Rep [Rnds 3 and 4] 5 times— 14 gusset sts.
Work 9 rnds even, ending with first C rnd of 9th stripe. Next rnd: Removing gusset markers when you come to them, with C, knit to marker, bind off 14 gusset sts, knit to end.
Continuing with C, knit 1 rnd, casting on 2 sts over thumb opening—48 sts.
Knit 1 rnd; cut C. Upper Hand Turn mitt RS out.
With RS facing, work 15-rnd Flower Chart. Cut A and B. With C, knit 1 rnd, purl 3 rnds. Bind off loosely pwise.
Weave in all ends.
Block to measurements.