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Slightly Slouchy Striped Hat

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Stash-Busting Stripes
Slightly Slouchy Striped Hat

The Slightly Slouchy Striped Hat.

© Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

I've had a quantity of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in my stash for a long time, and when I rediscovered it recently I decided I wanted to use part of it to make a somewhat slouchy hat.

It occurred to me that a fun way to do the stripes would be to use the Fibonacci number sequence, which looks kind of random but is not, and is always a successful pattern because it's based on patterns found in nature (Fibonacci actually came up with it while pondering the breeding habits of rabbits, which may or may not be a good conversation starter when you wear this hat, depending on the company you keep).

If you wanted to make a really slouchy hat, just repeat the stripe sequence another full time and decrease as recommended in the third set of stripes (or work the second set of stripes straight until you get to the stripe that's 13 rounds long and decrease every other round in that series).

Materials:

  • about 132 yards total of medium weight yarn of your choice; I used five colors of Wool of the Andes: Grass, Celestial, Maple Syrup, Forest Heather and Winter Night but you can use a variety of yarns from your stash or whatever you have on hand in as many colors as you like
  • one size 6 US (4 mm) circular knitting needle, 16 inches and a set of four size 6 double-pointed needles for shaping the top of the hat
  • scissors and yarn needle

Gauge:

20 stitches and 27 rounds per 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch in the round (5 stitches and 6.75 rounds per inch)

Size:

Finished hat is about 18.5 inches around and 9.5 inches tall; to fit an average adult woman

Knitting the Hat:

  1. Cast on 92 stitches in color of your choice on circular needle and join in the round.
  2. Work in knit 3, purl 1 ribbing for 2 inches.
  3. Change color, knit 1 round.
  4. Change color, knit 1 round.
  5. Change color, knit 2 rounds.
  6. Change color, knit 3 rounds.
  7. Change color, knit 5 rounds.
  8. Change color, knit 8 rounds.
  9. Change color, knit 13 rounds.
  10. Change color, knit 1 round.
  11. Change color, knit 1 round.
  12. Change color, knit 2 rounds.
  13. Change color, knit 1 round. Next round, *knit 2, knit 2 together, repeat from * around. Knit 1 round. (3 rounds in same color)
  14. Change color, knit 1 round. Next round, *knit 2, k2tog, repeat from * around, end knit 1. Knit 1 round. Next round, *knit 2, k2tog, repeat from * around. Knit 1 round. (5 rounds in same color; somewhere in this stripe is probably where you'll need to change to double-pointed needles)
  15. Change color, knit 3 rounds. Next round, *knit 2, k2tog, repeat from * around, end knit 1. Knit 2 rounds. Next round, *knit 2, k2tog, repeat from * around, end knit 2. Next round, *k2tog, repeat from * around, end knit 1. (8 rounds in same color)
  16. Cut yarn and thread onto yarn needle. Slip stitches from knitting needles to yarn needle, pull tight to close the top of the hat. Weave in this and other ends.

Your color sequence will vary depending on how many colors you have; I had five but because two were blue and two green, I repeated the rust color more frequently to break up the bands of blue and green. If you were to make this a true stash-busting project, all of your stripes might be different colors. The key is to try to keep the stripes of the length suggested to help make the hat look harmonious regardless of how many colors you use.

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