Swan Lake Hat and Mittens Set

This gorgeous hat and mittens set is made from warm wool and luxurious cashmere yarn for a super soft and wondrously warm feel. Aside from a simple ribbed brim, both pieces feature intricate Fair Isle colorwork throughout the entirety of the pattern, a mixture of swans and hearts, to create a winter pattern set you’ll adore.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Child (Adult); Hat: 8 (9) in circumference and 21 in tall; Mittens: 7 (9) in circumference by 8, (9) cm long; See schematics for details (measurements are rounded to nearest inch)

Gauge: 23 sts and 36 rnds = 4” [10 cm] in stranded St st after wet blocking using 3.25 mm needles or size used to get correct tension

Materials

Yarn:

Super Fine Weight Yarn Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal (95% wool, 5% cashmere; 415 yards [379 meters]/100 grams): Midnight (MC, 1 ball), Snowdrift (CC1, 1 ball), Terracotta (CC2, 1 ball)
Needles: US size 3 (3.25 mm) and US size 2 (2.75 mm): DPNs or 40” circular needles
Notions: 3 markers, tapestry needle, yarn holder or waste yarn

Abbreviations

m1-r (Make 1 right leaning st): Pick up bar between sts from the front with LN needle and K through back.
m1-l (Make 1 left leaning st): Pick up bar between sts from the back with LN needle and K through front
Ssk: Slip 1 st knit-wise, slip 1 st purl-wise, sl sts back to LHN and knit through the back loop. 

Special Stitches

1X1 Rib: *K1, p1; rep from * to end of rnd.

Pattern Notes

Both the hat and mittens are knit in the round from the bottom-up. The mittens are increased to incorporate a thumb gusset before stitches are placed aside for the thumb. The remainder of the mitten is completed before the top is grafted together. Then the stitches for the thumb are placed back on DPNs, extra stitches are picked up and the thumb is worked in the round. Both hat and mittens are almost entirely charted, with different charts for each size. 

Hat Pattern

With smaller needles and CC2, CO 126 sts. Join in the round, being careful not to the twist sts. PM to show beginning of rnd.
With MC, work 1X1 Rib for 6 (8) rnds.

Child Chart

Change to larger needles.
Rnds 7-46: Work appropriate rnd of Hat chart, 3 times.
Rnd 47: (K12, k2tog) 9 times. (117 sts)

Chart Crown Shaping

Cont working appropriate rnd of color chart.
Rnd 48: (K11, k2tog) 9 times. (108 sts)
Rnd 49 and all odd-numbered rnds: Knit.
Rnd 50: (K10, k2to)] 9 times. (99 sts)
Rnd 52: (K9, k2tog) 9 times. (90 sts)
Rnd 54: (K8, k2tog) 9 times. (81 sts)
Rnd 56: (K7, k2tog) 9 times. (72 sts)
Rnd 58: (K6, k2tog) 9 times. (63 sts)
Rnd 60: (K5, k2tog) 9 times. (54 sts)
Rnd 62: (K4, k2tog) 9 times. (45 sts)
Rnd 64: (K3, k2tog) 9 times. (36 sts)
Rnd 66: (K2, k2tog) 9 times. (27 sts)
Rnd 68: (K, k2tog) 9 times. (18 sts)
Rnd 70: (K2tog) 9 times. (9 sts)

Adult Chart

Change to larger needles.
Rnds 7-57: Work appropriate rnd of Hat chart, 3 times.
Rnd 58: (K12, k2tog) 9 times. (117 sts)

Chart Crown Shaping

Cont working appropriate rnd of color chart.
Rnd 59: (K11, k2tog) 9 times. (108 sts)
Rnd 60 and all even-numbered rnds: Knit.
Rnd 61: (K10, k2tog) 9 times. (99 sts)
Rnd 63: (K9, k2tog) 9 times. (90 sts)
Rnd 65: (K8, k2tog) 9 times. (81 sts)
Rnd 67: (K7, k2tog) 9 times. (72 sts)
Rnd 69: (K6, k2tog) 9 times. (63 sts)
Rnd 71: (K5, k2tog) 9 times. (54 sts)
Rnd 73: (K4, k2tog) 9 times. (45 sts)
Rnd 75: (K3, k2tog) 9 times. (36 sts)
Rnd 77: (K2, k2tog) 9 times. (27 sts)
Rnd 79: (K, k2tog) 9 times. (18 sts)
Rnd 81: (K2tog) 9 times. (9 sts) 

Finishing

Break yarn and thread tail on to a tapestry needle and pull through sts. Secure on the inside.
Weave in all ends and block to dimensions.

Mittens Pattern

Right Mitten

Both Sizes
With smaller needles and CC2, CO 50 (54) sts. Join in the round, being careful not to the twist sts. PM to show beginning of rnd.
With MC, work 1X1 Rib for next 12 (12) rnds.
Rnd 13: K25 (27), pm, m1-r, pm, k25 (27) sts. (51 (55) sts)
Change to larger needles.
Rnd 14: Work appropriate rnd of Right Front chart, sm, work appropriate rnd of Thumb Gusset chart, sm work appropriate rnd of Right Back chart. (53 (57) sts)
Continue as previous rnd for 15 (17) more rnds until you have 67 (73) sts.
Rnd 30 (32): Work appropriate rnd of Right Front chart, remove marker, place the next 17 (19) sts aside on yarn holder or waste yarn, sm, work appropriate rnd of Right Back chart. (50 (54) sts
Next Rnd: Work appropriate rnd of Right Front chart, sm, work appropriate rnd of Right Back chart. (50 (54) sts)
Continue as previous rnd, incorporating shaping as charted for 33 (43) more rnds. (22 (26) sts)
Place the first 11 (13) sts on a DPN and the next 11 (13) on another DPN and holding both needles parallel to each other, graft the sts together. Break yarn. 

Thumb

Place 17 (19) sts from holder back on DPNs.
With MC and larger needles, puk 1 (2) sts, work appropriate rnd of Thumb chart for size, puk 1 (2) sts. Join in the rnd. (19 (23) sts)
Work appropriate rnd of Thumb chart and incorporating charted shaping for the next 17 (22) rnds. (7 (9) sts)
Break yarn, thread on to tapestry needle and pull through sts. Secure on the inside of Mitten. 

Left Mitten

Both Sizes
Work as right mitten until *
Rnd 14: Work appropriate rnd of Back Left chart, sm, work appropriate rnd of Thumb Gusset chart, sm work appropriate rnd of Front Left chart. (53 (57) sts)
Continue as previous rnd for 16 (18) more rnds until you have 67 (73) sts.
Rnd 30 (32): Work appropriate rnd of Back Left chart, rm, place the next 17 (19) sts aside on yarn holder or waste yarn, sm, work appropriate rnd of Front Left chart. (50 (54) sts)
Next Rnd: Work appropriate rnd of Back Left chart, sm, work appropriate rnd of Front Left chart.  (50 (54) sts)
Continue as previous rnd, incorporating shaping as charted for 33 (43) more rnds. (22 (26) sts)
Place the first 11 (13) sts on a DPN and the next 11 (13) on another DPN and holding both needles parallel to each other, graft the sts together. Break yarn. 

Thumb

Work as Right Mitten. 

Finishing

Weave in all ends and block to dimensions. yarn ball

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