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Flat Hat.

Flat Hat knit in Ozark Handspun.

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Quick and Quirky:

This is one of those patterns that is almost too easy. It's nothing more than a garter stitch square knit up on the sides and gathered at the top, and suddenly you have this wonderful hat.

This is also a project where the yarn really makes the project smashing. Knit with just one skein of Ozark Handspun, this cozy headwarmer can be knit in an afternoon, and because of the unique nature of the yarn, every hat you make will be an individual work of art.

Materials:

  • one skein (34 yards) Ozark Handspun yarn (mine was color 355a, Lucie Darfent)
  • one pair size 19 US needles
  • scissors
  • a small amount of smooth wool yarn in a color that will blend
  • yarn needle

Gauge

One and a half stitches and two rows per inch in garter stitch.

Size

Before sewing, piece is 10 inches wide and 15 inches long. Finished hat is about 9 inches tall and 15 inches around. It will stretch to fit an average sized woman to a small man.

Instructions:

  1. Cast on 15 stitches.
  2. Knit every row until piece measures 15 inches.
  3. Bind off. Cut yarn.
  4. With smooth yarn, sew the cast on edge to the bound off edge.
  5. Next, thread the smooth yarn through the stitches along one of the sides of the tube you just made. Pull tight so that there is no hole. Thread the yarn back through the stitches to make sure it's extra tight. Cut the yarn.
  6. Weave in ends.

About the Yarn:

Ozark Handspun is a wool/mohair blend made in Jefferson City, Missouri, and sold online and in yarn shops throughout the country. It is a very slubby, uniquely textured yarn, with bits of fiber hanging off much like they would on the sheep itself.

The yarn is very natural and you'll often find a bit of straw or other organic material in the yarn as you knit. Just pull these pieces out and knit on.

The yarn should be washed by hand. It may be spun in the machine before being dried flat.

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