Blake Hat

The Blake Hat is an easy quick knit perfect for beginners looking to expand their horizons. The hat features a stitch pattern that combines elongated knit stitches and cables to create large X’s that cross over a contrasting background. The yarn is a decadent mix of Alpaca, wool and polyamide with a chainette construction. This makes for a lightweight but warm hat!

Skill Level: Easy

Size: 20 (22, 24)” circumference x 7.25 (8.25, 9.25)” length

Shown in size 22”

Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in pattern on larger needles.

Materials

Medium weight yarnYarn: Lana Grossa Arioso (48% Virgin Wool, 30% Alpaca, 22% Polyamide; 262 yards [240 meters]/50 grams): 005 (MC, 1 (1, 1) ball), 007 (CC, 1 (1, 1) ball)

Needles: US size 9 (5.5 mm) circular or DPNs; US size 10 (6.0 mm) circular or DPNs.

Notions: Cable needle (2), tapestry needle.

Abbreviations

K1 elongated = Knit next stitch wrapping yarn twice. On next row drop one of the wraps.

1/2/1 LC = Sl 1 st to first cable needle, hold to front, sl 2 sts to second cable needle, hold to back, k1, k2 from cable needle held to back, k1 from cable needle held to front.

Special Stitches

Blake Pattern

Rnd 1: *P4, k2, p4; rep from * to end.

Rnd 2: *K4, p2, k4; rep from * to end.

Rnd 3: Knit.

Rnd 4: *K4, p2, k4; rep from * to end.

Rnds 5-8: Rep Rnds 3-4.

Rnd 9: Knit.

Rnd 10: *P3, k1 elongated, p2, k1 elongated, p3; rep from * to end.

Rnd 11: *K3, sl1 pwise, k2, sl1 pwise, k3; rep from * to end.

Rnd 12: *P3, sl1 pwise, p2, sl1 pwise, p3; rep from * to end.

Rnds 13-14: Rep Rnds 11-12.

Rnd 15: *K3, 1/2/1 LC, k3; rep from * to end.

Rnd 16: Purl.

Rep Rnds 3-16 for patt.

Decrease Pattern

Sizes Small (-, Large) only

Rnd 1: *Ssk, k6, k2tog; rep from * to end.

Rnd 2: *K3, p2, k3; rep from * to end.

Rnd 3: Knit.

Rnd 4: *Ssk, k1, p2, k1, k2tog; rep from * to end.

Rnd 5: Knit.

Rnd 6: *K2, p2, k2; rep from * to end.

Rnd 7: *Ssk, k2, k2tog; rep from * to end.

Rnd 8: *K1, p2, k1; rep from * to end.

Rnd 9: Knit.

Rnd 10: *Ssk, k2tog; rep from * to end.

Rnd 11: Knit.

Rnd 12: K2tog around.

Size – (Medium, -) only

Rnd 1: *Ssk, k6, k2tog; rep from * to end.

Rnd 2: *K3, p2, k3; rep from * to end.

Rnd 3: *Ssk, k4, k2tog; rep from * to end.

Rnd 4: *K2, p2, k2; rep from * to end.

Rnd 5: *Ssk, k2, k2tog; rep from * to end.

Rnd 6: *K1, p2, k1; rep from * to end.

Rnd 7: *Ssk, k2tog; rep from * to end.

Rnd 8: K2tog around.

Pattern Notes

This pattern is worked in the round, starting with the brim.

The hat features 1×1 ribbing on the brim.

Decreases for the crown maintain the pattern for as long as possible.

Pattern

Brim

With smaller needles, CO 80 (90, 100) sts and join for working in the rnd.

Rnd 1: *K1, p1; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rep Rnd 1 until Brim meas 1” / [2.5 cm].

Body

Switch to larger needles.

Rnd 1: Work Row 1 of Blake Pattern. Each rnd of the pattern is repeated 8 (9, 10) times around.

Rnd 2: Work next Row of Blake Pattern.

Cont in Blake patt, repeating Rnds 3-16 of the patt 2 (3, 3) times.

Decreases

Note: Size small and large use a different decrease chart than size medium! Please check if you are using the correct decrease chart.

Rnd 1: Work Row 1 of Decrease chart. Each Row of the chart is repeated 8 (9, 10) times per Rnd.

Rnd 2: Work next Row of Decrease Pattern.

Cont in Decrease Pattern until you have finished the chart.

Pull yarn through sts.

Finishing

Weave in ends.

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