Willow River Hat

With an eye-catching design and a red pom pom to match, this is the hat for the guy on your list that isn’t afraid to stand out. This hat coordinates with the Willow River Cowl from the August 2018 issue.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Circumference 20”/22” (unstretched/stretched) x height 9”

Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking

Medium weight yarnYarn: Malabrigo Yarn Worsted (100% Merino; 210 yards [192 meters]/100 grams): Ravelry Red (1 ball)

Needles: US size 6 (4 mm) 32” circular or DPNs, US size 8 (5 mm) 32” circular

Notions: Tapestry needle, marker, US size G/6 (4.0 mm) crochet hook, cable needle (optional)

Abbreviations

C4B (cable 4 back) – Sl 2 sts onto cn, hold in back, k2 from LH needle, k2 from cn.

C4F (cable 4 front) – Sl 2 sts onto cn, hold in front, k2 from LH needle, k2 from cn.

LLI – Left lifted increase

RLI – Right lifted increase

mmR2 – Stop 2 sts before your marker. Slip the 2 sts stitch from your left-hand needle to your right-hand needle, remove the stitch marker, slip the sts back from right-hand needle to left-hand needle, and place the marker on your right-hand needle. Your stitch marker will now be shifted 2 sts to the right.

mmL2 – Remove the marker from the left-hand needle, k2, and place the marker on the right-hand needle. Your stitch marker will now be shifted 2 sts to the left.

Pattern Notes

The hat is worked top down in the round, beg with the Emily Ocker circular cast on. The pattern is both written and charted.

Pattern

CO 8 sts on a crochet hook using the Emily Ocker cast on. Transfer the sts to the smaller sized circular needle or 2 DPNs.

Split the 8 sts equally across the two ends of the circular needles or the 2 DPNs (4 sts on each needle).

Setup

Rnd 1: Knit, PM for beg of rnd on the first st. (8 sts)

Rnd 2: *Kfb; rep from * around. (16 sts)

Rnd 3: Knit.

Rnd 4: *K4, pm; rep from * to last 4 sts, k4,

Note: You will now use lifted increases to shape the crown. You will increase by 8 sts every alternate round.

Switch to larger sized needles and work the crown shaping as follows:

Rnd 5: *K1, RLI, k to 1 st before m, LLI, k1, sm; rep from * to end of rnd. (8 sts inc’d; 24 sts)

Rnd 6: Knit.

Rep Rnds 5-6, 9 more times. (96 sts)

Remove all markers except beg of rnd marker. Your crown shaping is now complete.

Next Rnd: Remove beg of rnd marker, k7, pm for new BOR.

Next Rnd: Knit.

Using the written or charted instructions, work the hat as follows:

Rnd 1: *K2, c4b, k2, p1, k1, p1, k1; rep from * around.

Rnd 2: *K7, p1, k1, p1, k2; rep from * around.

Rnd 3:  *C4b, k2, p1, k1, p1, k3; rep from *.

Rnd 4: *K5, p1, k1, p1, k4; rep from * to last 2 sts, mmR2.

Rnd 5: *C4b, k2, p1, k1, p1, k3; rep from * to beg of rnd, mmL2

Rnd 6: *K5, p1, k6; rep from * around.

Rnd 7: *C4f, k4, c4b; rep from * around.

Rnd 8: Knit.

Rnd 9: *K2, c4f, c4b, k1, p1; rep from * around.

Rnd 10: *P1, k9, p1, k1; rep from * around.

Rnd 11: *K1, p1, k2, c4f, k3, p1; rep from *.

Rnd 12: *P1, k1, p1, k9; rep from *.

Rnd 13: *K1, p1, k1, p1, k2, c4f, k2; rep from * around.

Rnd 14: *K2, p1, k1, p1, k7; rep from * around.

Rnd 15: *K3, p1, k1, p1, k2, c4f; rep from * around.

Rnd 16: *K4, p1, k1, p1, k5; rep from * to last 2 sts, mmR2.

Rnd 17: *C4f, k3, p1, k1, p1, k2; rep from * to beg of rnd, mmL2.

Rnd 18:  *K6, p1, k5; rep from * around.

Rnd 19: *C4f, k4, c4b; rep from * around.

Rnd 20: K

Rnd 21: *P1, k1, c4f, c4b, k2; rep from * around.

Rnd 22: *K1, p1, k9, p1; rep from * around.

Rnd 23: *P1, k3, c4b, k2, p1, k1; rep from * around.

Rnd 24: *K9, p1, k1, p1; rep from * around.

Bottom Ribbing

Switch to smaller needles.

Next Rnd: P2, *k2, p2; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.

Continue ribbing for about 1.5” or to desired length.

BO all sts using the Stretchy 2×2 Rib Method as follows:

Step 1: P2 sts, insert left needle into the back of the 2 sts you just worked, wrap the front needle and p2tog.

Step 2: K1 st, insert the left needle into the front of the 2 sts you just worked, wrap the back needle and k2tog tbl.

Step 3: Rep Step 2.

Step 4: P1 st, insert left needle into the back of the 2 sts you just worked, wrap the front needle and p2tog.

Step 5: Rep Step 4

Rep Steps 2-5 until you have bound of all sts.

Finishing

Weave in ends.

Add a pompom if you’d like.

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