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PATTERN: Earthbender Hat

EARTHBENDER HAT


Yarn: Cascade 220 – Forest Green (MC), Yellow (CC)
Needles: US 9 Circular (40″+ for Magic Loop)
Gauge: 4.5 sts/inch in stockinette stitch
Notions: 2-3 stitch markers, yarn needle

SOLID COIN:

CO 92 sts.
Join for Magic Loop, being careful not to twist.

Work 2×2 rib for 8 rounds (or 1 inch, whichever you prefer.)

K 1 round.

Switch to CC and knit until hat measures 4-5 inches from cast on.

Begin decreases as follows:
Setup: K23, Place Marker (PM), K23, PM, K23, PM, K23
Round 1: K2tog, *K to 2 before marker, SSK, slip marker, K2tog* 3 times, K to last 2, SSK
Round 2: Knit all sts.

Repeat these 2 rounds 4 times in CC.

Switch back to MC and continue decreasing until 9 sts remain between markers.

Next round: K2tog, *K to 2 before marker, SSK, slip marker, K2tog* 3 times, K to last 2, SSK
Repeat this round until 3 sts remain between markers.

Next round: *K2tog, K1* around

8 sts left. Thread yarn onto yarn needle and draw through remaining stitches, closing top of hat.

OUTLINED COIN:

Follow instructions for SOLID COIN for Cast On and ribbing.

K 1 round.

Switch to CC and K 3 rounds.

Switch back to MC and K until hat measures 4-5 inches from CO.

Begin decreases as follows:
Setup: K23, Place Marker (PM), K23, PM, K23, PM, K23
Round 1: K2tog, *K to 2 before marker, SSK, slip marker, K2tog* 3 times, K to last 2, SSK
Round 2: Knit all sts.

Knit decreases in MC for 4 rounds.

Switch to CC for 3 rounds.

Switch back to MC and continue decreasing to end. When 8 sts remain between markers, thread yarn through remaining stitches, closing top of hat.

Wear the version of your choice while practicing your Earthbending Skillz.

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January 30, 2010 at 7:56 pm Leave a comment

Waterbender Hat PDF

BREAKING NEWS.

My friend Dani (who, in addition to being a great friend, is also an excellent designer, dyer, tea-blender, and sock-club-runner) has turned my Waterbender Hat pattern into a handy-dandy PDF file for your downloading enjoyment. (Also, go check of Dani’s blog and shop. Buy things from her, because she is awesome.)

You can download it from the Patterns Page! (I’m working on putting it on Ravelry, and it should be up sometime soon.)

Also, in design news: I’m working up 2 versions of the Earthbender Hat for a class in the HPKCHC. Those patterns will be posted (if not in PDF form, then definitely in a blog post) before the end of the month!

January 19, 2010 at 8:30 pm Leave a comment

PATTERN: Waterbender Hat

WATERBENDER HAT

IMG_6245(Download the PDF!)

Size: One size fits most adult heads

Yarn: 1 ball each of Wisdom Yarns Poems #558 (MC) and #517 (CC)

Needles: US9 Circular (I did Magic Loop on a 40” circular set, but you can use a shorter circular set and switch to DPNs for the crown)

Gauge: 4.5 stitches per inch (row gauge is not crucial)

CO 112

Join for working in the round. Work in 2×2 ribbing for 1 – 1.5 inches

K 1 row even, decreasing 2 stitches evenly. You should now have 110 stitches.

BEGIN CHART:

waterbending chart

After working the 8 rows of the chart, switch back to MC. Knit in MC for 4 – 5 inches (measure from bottom of ribbing.)

Begin decreasing.

1: *K9, k2tog* around

2 and all even-numbered rows: K around

3: *K8, k2tog* around

5: *K7, k2tog* around

7: *K6, k2tog* around

9: *K5, k2tog* around

11: *K4, k2tog* around

13: *K3, k2tog* around

15: *K2, k2tog* around

17: *K1, k2tog* around

19: K2tog around (You can repeat this row if you like.)

Cut yarn, leaving a generous tail, and thread yarn needle. Draw yarn through remaining stitches to close top of hat. Weave in ends.

Wear with pride when you’re practicing your Waterbending skillz.

January 18, 2010 at 4:52 pm Leave a comment

WIP: As-Yet-Unnamed Mitts

New design I’m working on. It will be published on this blog as soon as I get it typed up and prepared.

I think it’s going to be my first pattern for sale, instead of offered free. My lovely friend Dani suggested that I sell the pattern, and when I said I didn’t even know where to begin with selling patterns, she offered to help me. I’m excited about it! It’s been fun to knit so far, and I can’t wait to finish the pair and release the pattern!

(PS: BIIIG Christmas Knits FO Roundup coming soon!)

January 6, 2010 at 7:39 pm 4 comments


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