Dec 26, 2014

Men’s Basic Hat and Scarf (double knit)

 Men's Double Knit Hat &Scarf Combo

Easy and quick to knit with easy fit that every man loves.  Our unique stitchery is in the matching scarf.  Both are double knit, warm and soft-any man or gal will love the holiday look of them.  One of my very favorite yarns to work with-you will love it too.  Let the cold winds blow!

Loom:  28” Knitting Board + peg extenders set up for double knit with 1 cm spacers.

Yarn:  Knit Picks City Tweed Aran/heavy worsted.  Our holiday color is #24529 Blue Blood.  Need 4 balls for the scarf and 2 balls for the hat.  This yarn is 55% Merino Wool, 25% Superfine Alpaca, 20% Donegal Tweed.  164 yds per ball.  Hand wash and dry flat.

Stitches:  Rib, Stockinette, CrissCross

Finished Sizes:  Hat fits head approximately 22-23” and 10” deep.  Scarf measures approximately 6” X 50”.

Notions Needed:  Knit hook, crochet hook, darning needle

Gauge:  Stockinette stitch- 6 stitches X 9 rows=2 inches

 

Instructions:

Hat

Cast On 60 stitches in Rib stitch.  Lay anchor yarn of any color as it will be removed.

Work (5) rows in Rib stitch.

Change to Stockinette and work until the hat measures 5.5-6” from anchor yarn.

Now, you want to decrease across the stitches so the top of the hat will fit better.

Decrease Row:  We will do (4) decrease rows.  When you do each of these, just move the indicated loops from the pegs and place them onto the adjacent peg towards the center of the loom.  This is same as a K2tog.

First decrease row-Starting at L side of loom, lift loops from pegs #5, 15, 25, 35, 45, 55.  Place each one on adjacent peg going towards center of loom.  Once moved, you have (6) empty pegs.  Do this to both sides of the loom.  Now, carefully lift loops and move over filing in the empty pegs.  Work towards center of loom.   Be sure to move both loops when you come to a peg with (2) loops.  The result will be (3) less pegs at each end of loom for the hat.  You will now have (54) stitches.

Work (3) stockinette rows.

Second decrease row-This time, move loops on pegs # 5, 14, 23, 32, 41, 50.

Work (3) stockinette rows.

Third decrease row-This time, move loops on pegs #5, 13, 21, 29, 37, 45.

Work (3) stockinette rows.

Forth decrease row-Move loops on pegs # 5, 12, 19, 26, 33, 40.

Work (3) stockinette rows.

You now have (36) pegs on loom.  Time to bind off of loom.

Bind Off:  Use anchor yarn for easy gather.  After last row, lay a new anchor yarn of same yarn.

Lift loops on one side of loom and place them on the pegs of other loom so that one rail has no loops and opposite rail has 2 loops.  Lift bottom loop over top so that there is only one loop on pegs, and the anchor yarn is inside.  Bind these stitches off using 2-loop method.

Sew side seam with invisible stitch. Gather top, using new anchor yarn and tie securely.  Pull yarn to inside of hat and take a few stitches inside to secure the opening.  You can use the yarn tail of the anchor yarn for this.  Tuck in any remaining yarn tails.

If a pompom is desired for top of hat, you can create and add when complete.

Scarf

Note: Be sure to work each row hooking over from left to center and then right to center.  Vary the center point in each row.  This will ensure that your scarf edges remain even and straight.

Cast On (20) pegs in rib stitch.

Work (6) rows in Rib.

Change to Criss Cross Stitch starting with row 1 to 3 and 2 to 5. (stitch pattern #1)

Continue working the Criss Cross stitch until scarf measures approximately 50”.

Change to Rib stitch.

Work (6) rows.

Bind Off with 2-loop bind off at loom and anchor yarn in rib stitch.  Keep the working yarn loose so that the ends do not pull too tightly.  Tuck in any yarn tails for a great looking holiday scarf.

Notes:  video and how-tos for the Criss Cross stitch can be viewed at www.knittingboard.com.

 

5 Comments

  • This is a very handsome hat set. I have always wanted to try a double knit hat with a decreased crown. It will be my next hat set project for my husband. Thank you.

  • I have been trying to make this hat!! Now on my 3rd attempt and I get to the decrease and I’m ending up with a hole and I have to start over. I’ve even stared marking the board with numbers. How are you working to the middle?? Sorry very confused right now.

    Thanks for your help!!

    Susan

  • Hello this question may sound dumb but I’m confused how do you double knit for a hat?? I looked for videos on youtube to get an idea but had no luck. Is there any way you can make a video demonstrating this please thank you.

  • Very nice hat and scarf set. I really like the color and I’m totally loving the stitch texture of the scarf. Thanks for sharing it!

  • Can this same set of instructions be used for a single knit?

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Dec 22, 2014

Yarn Yammer: For the Knitter Who has Everything!

This time of year we always ask the age old question.. what do you get the knitter who has everything? Well today I am here to tell you about my favorite luxury yarn gift!

If you really want to get a knitter something special and you have some mad money to spend, ( it is quite pricey)  you can’t go wrong by getting them a little ball of Qiviut yarn!

quiviuk

A little info about this wonderful stuff! Qiviut is an Eskimo word which is translated as “down” or “underwool” in this case it is  the  fine undercoat of the muskox. Yep, that means this lovely yarn comes from these fellows:

Musk_Oxen_2

 

Crazy huh?

From the folks at Windy Valley Musk Ox:

‘Qiviut is naturally a soft grayish-brown color, and is one of the warmest and most luxurious fibers in the world. Eight times warmer than wool and finer than cashmere, qiviut is hypoallergenic and will not shrink. Extremely rare, it is one of the most luxurious fibers you can choose for a garment. In contrast to wool, qiviut is soft, non-irritating to the skin, and is very durable.’

 

You can get different blends of this fiber, from the %100 qiviut, to blends with silk, Merino wool and sometimes cashmere! This fiber holds dye well and makes for some beautiful vibrant yarns!

Usually qiviut comes in a lace weight, since it is one of the warmest fibers out there, you don’t need or want it any heavier than that! One ball of the yarn typically will work out to a nice, shortish, lace scarf and will keep your neck nice and cozy, or a pair of fingerless mitts to keep your hands toasty!

Usually you will not find this yarn at your local yarn shop. I usually find it at sheep and wool shows, or my online favorite is Windy Valley Musk Ox !

There are other interesting yarns out there made from all kinds of crazy stuff, from buffalo and possums or crabs, to sugar cane or soy and seaweed you name it it’s probably out there made into yarn!

If you could get any yarn on your wish list, what would it be?

 

2 Comments

  • Kudos, Kudos, Kudos! Thank you for making this jargon …English & Math I can understand.

    Who has time for algebra??? LOL I couldn’t believe I am using a calculator, counting pegs,

    using a tape measure (LxW) solving for X ??? X= how many pegs , X= how many rows ..LOL

    Oh, I copied this and I’m printing right now. This is will be my Work Sheet from now on! Great

    job. :)

  • I don’t know if I should keep reading these, Denise ;) They make me wish for more yarn when I am already blessed with enough, lol.

    In answer to the question in your article, if I could get any yarn, I think I would like to put my hands into a hank of this beautiful, extravagant string:

    http://www.fabulousyarn.com/artyarns_beadedsilkandsequinslighth26s.shtml

    Although, fiber made from seaweed sounds interesting… Off to google it ;)

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