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Sarah's Slouch

by Woolly Wormhead

Materials: 1st yarn: 22 [32, 42, 53]g/87 [125, 168, 212]m/95 [137, 184, 232]yd BabyLongLegs Semi~Precious 4ply (50% Merino, 50% Silk) 2nd yarn: 37 [52, 70, 89]g/87 [125, 168, 212]m/95 [137, 184, 232]yd assorted DK/sports weight yarns (100% Wool) (Hat is knitted with both yarns held together throughout) Set 4.5mm & 5.5mm DPNs or size needed to obtain gauge Stitch marker as necessary Tapestry needle Gauge: 18 sts x 36 rows to 4in/10cm on 4.5mm needles over Garter.St 16 sts x 32 rows to 4in/10cm on 5.5mm needles over Garter.St Sizes: To fit sizes: 14 [17, 20, 23] in/ 35.5 [43.25, 51, 58.5] cm Finished size: 11 [13.25, 15.5, 17.75] in/ 28 [33.75, 40, 45] cm

K: P: M1: knit purl pick up the horizontal loop between next 2 sts, place it onto the left needle then knit into the back of it purl next 2 sts together slip next 2 sts knitwise, then purl these 2 sts together through the backs of the loops

How to: Using 2 strands of yarn held together as indicated above, and with 4.5mm needles, and using a suitable cast-on method (I find a cable cast-on ideal for garter stitch edges), cast on 50 [60, 70, 80] sts Join in the round, being careful not to twist sts. Place stitch marker to indicate start of round. Brim: Rnd 1: Purl all sts Rnd 2: Knit all sts These 2 rounds create Garter Stitch in the round. Repeat these 2 rounds until Brim measures 1 [1.25, 1.5, 1.75] in/ 2.5 [3.25, 3.75, 4.5] cm (or desired length) ending after a Rnd 1 then work increase round once as follows: Inc rnd: K5, M1; rpt from * to end [60, 72, 84, 96 sts] Change to 5.5mm needles. Body: Continue working Garter Stitch as given for the Brim until work measures 4 [4.75, 5.5, 6] in/ 10.25 [12, 14, 15.25] cm from the start of the Body section (or desired length) ending after a Rnd 2 Crown shaping: Rnd 1: *P2tog, ssp; rpt from * to end [30, 36, 42, 48

p2tog: ssp:

Slouchy Hats are in fashion, and Garter Stitch slouchy Hats are the 'must have'. What makes this Hat so special is the colour combination how you use the yarns and colours and how you combine them creates this unique style. By using 2 strands of yarn held together one 4ply/sock, the other DK/sport we can build a beautiful Hat with graduating colours. The 4ply yarn was the one constant throughout the Hat. Dyed as a semi-solid by BabyLongLegs, it created the base for all the other yarns to blend with. I recommend using a single yarn for the base, and a solid or semi-solid is ideal The 2nd strand, the DK/sports yarn, was created using oddments of yarn, all of the same weight and co-ordinating colours, joined together using the spit splice method. You can join them all together before you start, creating a skein to the approximate weight/yardage required, or you can join them as you go. I did the latter: I found it allowed me to be more creative with the placement of colours. The yarns used in this Hat can be purchased here: Do remember that Garter Stitch is very stretchy and will grow with wear. Special Techniques: Tutorials for spit splicing and the Cable cast-on method can be downloaded in PDF format:

Rnd 2: Knit all sts Rnd 3: *P2tog, ssp; rpt from * to end [15, 18, 21, 24

Rnd 4: Knit all sts Rnd 5: P 1 [0, 1, 0] *P2tog, ssp; rpt from * to end
[8, 9, 11, 12 sts]

Rnd 6: Knit all sts Break yarn and draw through remaining 8 [9, 11, 12] stitches, tighten to close. Finishing: Weave in all ends. Whilst blocking would be recommended, garter stitch is incredibly stretchy and the body of the Hat will grow sufficiently with wear excessive blocking will likely cause your Hat to become too big.

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