Recently I purchased some sample skeins from Hope Spinnery at the Fiber Frolic at Windsor Fair Grounds. I’ve seen the Spinnery at other fairs, and they always have a box of small, odd lots of their yarns. I love their yarn; it is spun by wind power and dyed with all natural dyes in wonderful colors. Being able to buy their yarns in a bunch of colors in small amounts gave me the opportunity to indulge my current passion for stranded knitting. The colors have a slightly faded Southwest look to them that inspired my design.
Needles: Size 7 circs & DPNs
Gauge: 5 stitches per inch
Size: Adult - 22”
Yarn: Hope Spinnery Wind-Spun worsted in red, yellow, blue and green
Cast on 100 stitches in red and join for knitting in the round. Place marker at the beginning of the round.
Knit 3 rows for a rolled edge.
Next knit a corregated 2X2 rib for 6 rows using red for the knits and green for the purls.
Knit 3 rounds plain in red increasing 8 stitches evenly over the course of the first round.
Continue in green and yellow following the Mountains chart.
- Going up a needle size after the ribbing may give you a slightly larger hat or help you overcome a tendency to knit tightly.
- Be sure to knit very loosely especially in the four color Ojo chart. Tight knitting will drastically influence the final size of the hat.
- You can break yarns leaving 3-4” tails at the color changes, or you carry them up the back of your knitting at the beginning of each round.
- Manage your floats. If they are longer than 4 or 5 stitches strand them into the working yarn so they don’t leave loops that will snag and pull.
Knit 2 rounds plain in blue increasing 2 stitches evenly over the course of the round.
Now knit the 4 color Ojo chart.
Knit 2 rounds plain in blue.
Now knit the crown chart in green and red with decreases as follows:
Knit 1 row plain in green placing markers every 22 stitches.
*Knit to 3 stitches before marker, K2tog, K1, SM, K1, SSK*, repeat.
Knit decreases every other row 7 times and then every row 3 times.
10 stitches remain. Switch to DPNs when needed.
Cut yarn leaving a 8-10” tail and , using a yarn needle,
draw the tail through the remaining loops and secure.
Weave in ends.
Give the hat a good soak and block to size.