Color Blocked Hat and Handwarmers Set

This simple hat and fingerless mitts combo is quick to work up and perfect for beginners. It features an interesting broken rib transition between the two colors to set this set apart from the rest. The set uses just one skein of each color and is a great way to use up single skeins or leftovers.

Skill Level: Beginner

Size: Adult S (M, L); Hat to fit head circumference 19 (21, 23)”; Finished Brim Circumference = 15 1/4 (17, 18 1/2)”; Hat length = 9” with 2” fold-up brim
Finished Handwarmer Circumference = 6 1/2 (7 1/4, 8 3/4)” around palm; Finished Handwarmer Length = 7 1/4”

Gauge: 20 sts and 28 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st worked in the round

Materials

Yarn:

Medium Weight Yarn Cascade 220 (100% peruvian highland wool; 220 yards [200 meters]/100 grams): #2441 River Rock (MC, 1 skein), #7807 Regal (CC, 1 skein)
Needles: US size 7 (4.5 mm) 16” circular and double pointed needles
Notions: Stitch markers, tapestry needle, waste yarn or stitch holder, pompom maker (optional)

Special Stitches

Two Color Garter Rib

(Worked in the round, multiple of 4 sts)
Rnd 1: With MC, *k2, p2; rep from * around.
Rnd 2: With MC, k around.
Rnd 3: With CC, *k2, p2; rep from * around.
Rnd 4: With CC, k around.
Note: Do not cut yarn between stripes.

2×2 Ribbing

(Worked in the round, multiple of 4 sts)
All Rnds: *K2, p2; rep from * around.

Stockinette Stitch

(St st, worked in the round)
All Rnds: Knit.

Hat Pattern

With 16” circular needle and MC, CO 76 (84, 92) sts.
Join for working in the round, being careful not to twist. Place a marker to indicate the beginning of the round.
Work 2×2 Ribbing for 4”.
Continuing with MC, work St st until Hat measures 5 1/2” from CO edge.
Work Rnds 1-2 of Two Color Garter Rib.
Join CC and work Rnds 3- 4 of Two Color Garter Rib.
Work Rnds 1-4 of Two Color Garter Rib 7 times more.
Cut MC and cont in St st with CC until Hat measures 8 1/2” from CO edge.

Crown Shaping

Rnd 1: *K17 (19, 21), k2tog, pm; rep from * 3 times more (omit pm at end of round). (4 sts dec’d, 72 (80, 88) sts)
Rnd 2: *K1, ssk, k to 2 sts before next m, k2tog, sl m; rep from * to end of round. (8 sts dec’d)
Rnd 3: Knit.
Rep Rnds 2-3 until 10 sts rem between each set of markers. (40 sts)
Rep Rnd 2 only until 4 sts rem between each set of markers. (16 sts)
Next Rnd: *K1, ssk, k1, remove m; rep from * to end. (12 sts)
Cut yarn and thread through live sts twice, pulling firmly and bringing end to inside.

Finishing

Make pompom using 1 strand of each color held together and secure to top of hat.
Weave in ends and block.

Handwarmer Pattern

With double pointed needles and MC, CO 32 (36, 44) sts.
Join for working in the round, being careful not to twist. Place a marker to indicate the beginning of the round.
Work 2×2 Ribbing for 2”.
K 3 rnds.

Thumb Gusset

Next Rnd (MC): M1R, K2, m1L, pm for Thumb Gusset, k to end. (2 sts inc’d)
Join CC.
Next Rnd (CC): K to m, sl m, (p2, k2) to last 2 sts, p2.
Next Rnd (CC): Knit.
Next Rnd (MC): K to m, sl m, (p2, k2) to last 2 sts, p2.
Next Rnd (MC): M1R, k2, m1L, pm for Thumb Gusset, k to end. (2 sts inc’d)
Rep these last 4 rnds 2 (3, 4) times more. (10 (12, 14) sts between thumb gusset markers, 40 (46, 56) sts total)
Next Rnd (CC): K to m, sl m, (p2, k2) to last 2 sts, p2.
Slip 10 (12, 14) Thumb Gusset sts to waste yarn, removing thumb gusset marker.
Slip marker, backwards loop CO 2 sts with color B over gap, k to end. (32 (36, 44) sts)
Work Rnds 1-4 of Two Color Garter Rib once.
Cut MC. Continuing in CC only, k 10 rnds.
Work 2×2 Ribbing for 1”.
BO all sts in pattern.

Thumb

With CC, join yarn at right edge of gap. Pick up and k2 (4, 2) sts from CO edge, placing a marker at the center of these sts to indicate the beginning of the round. (12 (14, 16) sts for thumb)
K 8 rnds.
Work 2×2 Ribbing for 3 rnds.
BO all sts in pattern.

Finishing

Weave in ends, closing any gaps at base of Thumb. Block. yarn ball

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