Hearts & Arrows Hat

This stranded colorwork hat features a repeating design of hearts and arrows. While it’s totally appropriate for Valentine’s Day, if that’s not your thing, make the hat monochrome using three shades of the same color ― light for the background, medium for the hearts, and dark for the arrows ― for a modern look.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Circumference 17¾ (19½, 21¼)”

2-3” negative ease recommended.

Shown in size 17¾”

Gauge: 36 sts and 40 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Stranded St st after wet blocking

Materials

Yarn:

Lace weight yarn Cascade 220 Fingering (100% Wool; 273 yards [250 meters]/100 grams): 9559 Indigo Frost Heather (MC), 1 ball; 9568 Twilight Blue (CC1), 1 ball; 9404 Ruby (CC2), 1 ball

Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm): 16” circular; US size 2 (2.75 mm): 16” circular and DPNs

Notions: Marker; tapestry needle; 3” pompom maker

Special Stitches

K2, P2 rbbing

Rnd 1: *K2, p2; rep from * around.

Rep Rnd 1 for pattern.

Pattern Notes

When working the stranded sections, bring the contrast color under the main (background) color.

Pattern

With smaller circular needle and MC, CO 160 (176, 192) sts. Join to work in the round and PM to indicate beg of rnd.

Work in K2, P2 ribbing for 1½”.
Switch to larger circular needles.

Knit 4 (5, 6) rnds.

Join CC1 and begin working from Heart and Arrow Chart. Chart will repeat 10 (11, 12) times around hat. Join CC2 when necessary.

Crown Decreases

When Heart and Arrow Chart is complete, work Top of Hat Chart. When Top of Hat Chart is complete, 16 (17, 18) sts rem. Break yarn and draw through sts, cinching tight.

Finishing

Weave in ends and block.

Pompom

Using one strand each of MC and CC1 (or any combination you prefer), make a pompom and tie to top of hat.yarn ball

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