Friday, October 3, 2008



Aran is the best wool to use, although D.K can be used but the hats are not quite as cosy, however it is a matter of choice for the person doing the knitting, this is the pattern that some have found to be the best for them

Size needles, no.6 (5mm) and no. 7(4.1/2mm)

• With no. 6 needles cast on 108 sts. and k2. p2 . for approx 2 to 3inches.

• Change to no. 7 needles and continue in rib until work measures a total of 9 inches, then you start the decreasing as follows, 1st row. Rib 9, slip 1 k. 2 tog. p.s.s.o. repeat to end of row.

• 2nd and every alternate row rib in pattern.

• 3 rd. row Rib 7, slip1, k.2 tog.p.s.s.o. repeat to end of row.

• 4th. row as 2nd.

• 5th. row Rib 5 etc. and continue decreasing every other row until on the 9th. row it
• will be Rib 1. etc.

• 11 th. row k2 tog. to the end of the row thread wool through remaining stitches, stitch up and fold back the brim,

• and then start again, they are so easy to knit, handy to just pick up any time and do a few rows.

The woolly hats you make are very popular with seafarers. I know from experience how cold it can be at sea and how well the hat holds on to your head, keeps you warm and does not blow off in the wind!
“Woolly hats are the key to a seafarer’s heart!”
Cable Knit Cap
Knit Head Hugger

• One size 16" #7 or #8 round knitting needle
• Four size #7 or #8 double pointed knitting needles
• One cable needle
• Acrylic or cotton yarn (about one ball)

Cast on 88 stitches on round needle (or you can knit in the round with the stitches divided between three double pointed needles).
Round #1: knit 3, purl 1 for the entire round.
Repeat Round #1 until 2" are completed.
Start Pattern:
Row 1: P2, K6, P2, K1 (repeat for entire round).
Rows 2 - 4: repeat Row #1 three more times.
Row 5: P2, slip next three stitches onto cable needle and hold in back of work,
K3, knit stitches from the cable needle, P2, K1 (repeat for entire round).
Rows 6-8: Repeat Row #1 three more times.

Repeat these 8 rows for pattern until hat measures about 5" from beginning of pattern (7" from beginning of cap)

If you have been knitting with the 16" round needle, then divide stitches onto the double pointed needles. (Place 28 stitches on the first and second needles, place 32 stitches on the third needle.)

Row 1: K2 sts together, K9. Repeat across entire row.
Row 2: K2 sts together, K8. Repeat across entire row.
Row 3: K2 sts together, K7. Repeat across entire row.
Row 4: K2 sts together, K6. Repeat across entire row.
Row 5: K2 sts together, K5. Repeat across entire row.
Row 6: K2 sts together, K4. Repeat across entire row.
Row 7: K2 sts together, K3. Repeat across entire row.
Row 8: K2 sts together, K2. Repeat across entire row.
Row 9: K2 sts together, K1. Repeat across entire row.
Row 10: K2 sts together across entire row.

Cut the yarn, leaving a 10" tail. Thread it through the remaining stitches and draw up tightly, weaving in the end.

Woolly Hat 1 (found on a website)

Here's my first hat for seafarers. I've been knitting industriously lately; it's good for my temper. I finished this some time ago but didn't get around to finding someone to model it in daylight - at this time of year, it's still dark by the time I get home. Here is my Mum wearing it for me.

Just over 1 ball, annoyingly, of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, or any equivalent found in the John Lewis bargain box.
Set of 4 4.5mm double-pointed needles.

Gauge is not that crucial, but when laid out flat and unstretched the hat measures 12cm across half way up and 16cm across at the bottom, where the number of stitches is the same but the cast-on flares it out a bit.

Cast on 72 with a stretchy cast on, and join.

All k stitches will be twisted (knitted through the back, "kb"). You could make it even stretchier by purling through the back as well, but I think it's too much trouble. Or you might use a little less wool by knitting normally, but the texture would be less pleasing, the twists wouldn't look as good, and the stretch would be less.

Rows 1 to 11: *k2b, p2, repeat from * to end.
Row 12: kb 2nd st on left hand needle, then first st, slip both off left hand needle. (This is the same as slipping the first stitch to a cable needle but quicker). P2. Repeat.

Knit 2 more pattern repeats, then 12 more rows like row 1. You could probably reduce this to 6 and still have it long enough; I wanted it to cover the ears quite generously.

Make it hat-shaped by decreasing one stitch at 6 points around on every row. I did this by narrowing each rib in turn, first the purls, till all the purl ribs were one wide, then the knits, then eliminating the purls. This gives a nice, even look without an obvious star-shape. Do this till you only have 6 stitches left. Pass yarn through the last 6 sts and work in all the ends.

It looks very small, laid out flat, but the twisted knits make it very stretchy. It fits me well and I have quite a large head. They also give it a nice visual texture.

Woolly Hat 2

Here is my second hat for seafarers. I used this one to try out some slight variations of traditional cables, of the kind they use in Aran sweaters and other seafarers' garments as were customarily knitted all round the edges of Britain until very recent times - and still are occasionally. I wanted to find out whether I liked these particular cables and how they looked in relation to a ladder pattern I'd also been thinking about. I like the plaited cable most, but the others are interesting too. It strikes me how pleasing the simplest plain six-by-six one is, especially in relation to others which cross at different intervals. You can have lots of fun with cables if you're fond of numbers.

1 ball Rowan Cashsoft DK
1 hat-sized (40cm) 3.5mm circular needle (optional) and a set of 3.5mm dpns.
Gague is not crucial, this is pretty much a one-size pattern. If you're eccentric enough for it to matter, you'll already know to change needle size. Use the size that makes a fairly dense, smooth fabric for you with standard double-knitting.

Cast on 96.
Knit 3 rows k2 p2 rib.
Knit 1 row purl.
Follow chart. The plain six-by-six cable crosses every 6th row, everything else every 4th row. So the whole thing repeats after every row 12.
Stop after completing row 47.
Row 48: purl, placing markers at 8 points evenly around (i.e. after every 12th stitch).

Returning to k2 p2 as the basic pattern, decrease on either side of each marker on every other row until you have 8 sts, changing to dpns as necessary. Thread wool through all sts and weave away ends. (This is not exactly what I did in the hat shown, I decreased every row until the stitches were halved and then thought better of it and knitted a few rows straight - that's why there are those strange but quite-nice-looking holes - but it is what I ought to have done and would almost certainly have worked better. Do as you please.)


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