I know, I know; A Christmas hat in August? Crazy right? Not so fast with that opinion, I have learned the hard way that you have to begin your Christmas gift knitting as early as possible. I have even started knitting some projects for Christmas 2016 during the Christmas 2015 season. If you wait until the Summer, you just crank up the air conditioning and get started.
I made up the Christmas Tree Slouch Hat after knitting my first color work hat from my Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Hat Book: History, Technique.
Christmas Tree Slouch Hat
A alternative Christmas accessory applying classic two-color stranded knitting methods into the modern slouch hat silhouette of today. Consists of a oversized 5 inch ribbed cuff leading into nine individual Art Deco like evergreen trees, each of which, are reaching up to the same star at the same time. The cuff can be worn folded over for extra warmth or folded down to achieve an extreme slouch look.
Skill level: Intermediate
Skills: knit, purl, long tail cast on, ribbing, stranded knitting
Finished measurements: 14’ long, 16’ diameter along the ribbing, 24’ diameter along the main hat. Meant to be oversized, one size fits most
Gauge: 23 sts. & 12 rows = 4 inches (within chart pattern)
Recommended Materials: 1 skein worsted weight or DK weight yarn in main color (Yarn A) approx. 215 yards, 1 skein worsted weight yarn in contrasting color (Yarn B) approx. 215 yards, 9 stitch markers (one of which should be distinctive from the others, to be used as the initial marker), Size 6US on 16 inch circular needles or DPNs, Size 7US on 16 inch circular needles or DPNs
Cast on 116 using long tail cast on, PM (initial marker) at beginning and join in the round careful not to twist.
Rnd 1: (Yarn A) *K1, P1……, rep. from * till end of Rnd.
Repeat Rnd 1 until cuff reaches approximately 5 inches, change to larger needle, continue to knit in round as follows:
THE CROWN increases:
Rnd 1: Knit
Next (inc) Rnd 2: with Yarn A, *(K5, M1)….., rep from * till end of round – 139 sts.
Rnd 3: Knit
Next (inc) Rnd 4: with Yarn A, *(K10, M1) rep from * till end of round then M1 before the M. -153 sts.
Rnd 5: *(K17, PM)…., repeat from *till end of Rnd.
Note: (You should end up with 9 total markers including the initial place marker. These place markers are used for dual purposes: first to mark the beginning and end of each chart repeat and secondly to be used in the Crown Shaping.)
Begin chart pattern:
Rnd 1: Work 17 sts rep 9 times.
Continue to follow chart in this way through Rnd 48, continue to knit in the round as follows:
We will now knit the last of the hat in Yarn A and make further use of the place markers.
Rnd (Dec) 1: *(K to 3 sts before M, K3tog, slm)….., rep from * till end of Rnd. – 135
Rnd 2: *(K15, slm)…, rep from * till end of Rnd – 135
Rnd (Dec) 3: *(K to 3 sts before M, K3tog, slm)…., rep from * till end of Rnd. – 117
Rnd 4: *(K13, slm)…, rep from * till end of Rnd – 117
Rnd (Dec) 5: *(K to 3 sts before M, K3tog, slm)…., rep from * till end of Rnd. – 99
Rnd 6: *(K11, slm)…., rep from * till end of Rnd – 99
Rnd (Dec) 7: *(K to 3 sts before M, K3tog, slm)…., rep from * till end of Rnd. – 81
Rnd 8: *(K9, slm)…., rep from * till end of Rnd – 81
Rnd (Dec) 9: *(K to 3 sts before M, K3tog, slm)….., rep from * till end of Rnd. – 63
Rnd 10: *(K7, slm)…., rep from * till end of Rnd – 63
Rnd (Dec) 11 : *(K to 3 sts before M, K3tog, slm)….., rep from * till end of Rnd. – 45
Cut Yarn A leaving a 10 inch tail and thread through remaining sts twice. Pull together tightly and secure end. Cut and weave in ends for Yarn B.
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