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Monday, 17 September 2012

The Jamaica Hat

Nicknamed "The Jamaica Hat" by my hubby, this hat does remind me of the Caribbean both in shape and colour :)  I feel like I should have dreadlocks and be playing the steel drums when I wear it!  Shortly after I knitted it I shaved off all my hair, so I needed something to cover my head with and keep me warm.  Good timing, hey!  Since then I wear it around the house in winter all the time, and it's become my favourite hat to put over my hair when I'm doing a henna treatment (over the plastic wrap, that is ;)  The picture below is obviously before I shaved my hair off - after the shave it was about 1cm long.   It started out as an experimental hat, but I think it turned out pretty well, don't you? :)

The Jamaica Hat


I didn't really intend this particular hat to be made, but I had most of a ball of leftover rainbow acrylic wool so the hat just happened while I was experimenting with lace.  This hat was one of my first expeditions into the field of lace knitting, and I think it turned out ok!  Previous to this I had done one other lace project, a cute shawlette I found on ravelry.  Normally I really don't like working with acrylic wool because of the way it feels and because it doesn't keep you nearly as warm as actual wool, but our local store is so woeful that a lot of the time I have no choice.  I would generally recommend using something other than acrylic if possible if you want this hat to be nice and warm :)

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Materials:
  • Size 4.0mm (US 6) circular needles
  • Size 5.0mm circular needles
  • Size 5.0mm DPNs
  • One 100g ball of 8 ply Panda Crazy Print - 100% acrylic, this pattern uses only a small portion of the ball
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Pattern:

Cast on 124 stitches on size 4.0mm circular needles. 

Work in the round in K2 P2 garter stitch until work measures one inch long (8 rounds)

Switch to size 5.0mm circular needles for lace pattern.
Switch to lace pattern and work for as long as required to get desired hat length. 

Lace:
Round 1:  *K2tog, YO, S1, K1, psso, YO*
Round 2:  Knit
Round 3:  *YO, K2tog, YO, S1, K1, psso*
Round 4:  Knit
Round 5:  *S1, K1, psso, YO, K2tog, YO*
Round 6:  Knit
Round 7:  *YO, S1, K1, psso, YO, K2tog*
Round 8:  Knit

Closeup of the lace

Decreasing:  (gives a puckered top to the hat)  Switch to DPNs when necessary. 
Round 1:  *K2tog, YO, S1, K1, psso*
Round 2:  Knit
Round 3:  *YO, K2tog, K1*
Round 4:  Knit
Round 5:  *K1, K2tog*
Round 6:  Knit
Round 7:  *K1, K2tog*
Round 8:  Knit
Round 9:  *K1, K2tog*

Cut yarn and weave tail through remaining stitches, pull tight.  Weave in ends.

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If you do use this hat pattern, let me know!  Drop me a comment below and tell me how it went :)