Friday, April 11, 2008

Free Knitting Pattern: Land/Sea Hat

Since you've all waited patiently for some knitting content, I figured I'd post the hat pattern I might've mentioned months ago. I'd actually lost my pattern notes, and they turned up when I cleaned my desk. Go figure!

I made this hat and mitten set (the mittens are NOT my own pattern) as part of my charity knitting for the homeless, which was donated to The Franciscan Center.

Land-Sea Mittens

Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers (MC, color 9461, green)
Cascade 220 Heathers (CC, color 2423 (I think), blue)
Needles: U.S. 8
Modifications: I added 4 stitches for the men's size, 4 extra rows of ribbing for longer cuffs, and 4 extra stitches for the thumb increases. I kept the number of rows for the thumb and hand the same as the regular size denoted in the pattern because they were looking too big. As for the colors, I knit 6 rows of green and 4 rows of blue--except for the blue thumb stripe, which was 6 rows, and I knit a 6-row stripe of blue in the hand to match.

Land-Sea Hat

Pattern: my own (see below)

Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers (MC, color 9461, green)

Cascade 220 Heathers (CC, color, 2423 (I think), blue)

Needles: U.S. 6

Gauge: Was I supposed to measure this??? Oops!

Size: It fit my head circumference, but it was a little long. It fit my husband well enough, which was what I was aiming for, since these were going to be donated to men. (I know, I'm so helpful, I should just give up passing on these "patterns!")

**A note about the decreases: I had a problem devising the decreases, as this was the very first hat I knit without a pattern. I suck at math, so it was trial and error and took a lot of fudging. Anyway, this is what I did, and it didn't look half bad. Feel free to decrease however you want, and if anyone has any suggestions, please feel free to comment.**

Also, I carried the yarns. I did some fudging to make sure the stripes lined up correctly, but what that entailed I don't remember. My pattern notes, unfortunately, were not that detailed. (Believe me, I'm not giving up my day job to go into design any time soon!)

Land-Sea Hat Pattern:

Cast on 108 stitches with MC, join in round

Rounds 1-6: K2,P2

Knit 4 rows CC

From here on out, alternate 6 rounds of MC, 4 rounds CC

Continue until desired length

Decrease rounds:

Round 1: *K6,K2tog* around, end K4

Round 2 and all even rounds: Knit

Round 3: *K5,K2tog* around, end K4

Round 5: *K4,K2tog* around, end K4

Round 7: *K3,K2tog* around

Round 9: *K2,K2tog* around

Round 11: *K1,K2tog* around

Round 13: *K2tog* around

Cut yarn, leaving a tail long enough to draw through remaining stitches using a yarn needle. Pull tight, and weave in ends.


If anyone finds any mistakes or knows of a way I could've done this better, please comment. I won't take it personally!

**Photos Copyright 2007 Serena M. Agusto-Cox**


Serena said...

hey these photos of these knitted items look familiar! Check out the conference post on my blog.

Dawn said...

I'm terrible at decreases myself and am practically crippled without a pattern so huge kudo's to you from me! This looks pretty decent tho! You're so funny! ;O)

That's a cool thing you're doing, I haven't knit for charity yet, I'm very self conscious about my knitting but I think I'll look into it soon. One of my LYS's has projects they do almost every month. I gotta get over there one day (she's across town which is like being across the world where I live!)LOL!

Thanks for the patterns!!

Anna said...

For some reason, all the text below the hat picture wasn't showing up. It's fixed now. Sorry for any inconveniences!

Charity knitting not only allows me to help others, but also it lets me try out patterns that I think are fun but I won't wear or don't need. (How many hats am I really going to wear?)

I wouldn't be too self-conscious, especially if you make anonymous donations! ;)

Serena said...

still no new blog post??? you keep promising me another better get on it since you have the day off!