Sitting pretty

Glamorous, simple and stylish are the words that define these three hats. Knit the one that best suits your style - whichever it is, you'll be sitting pretty.

Materials • Lace-edged hat

Two 50 g (2 oz) balls of Debbie Bliss Cashmere Aran in rose (602)

Pair of 4.5 mm (US 7) knitting needles

Embroidered hat

Two 50 g (2 oz) balls of Debbie Bliss Cashmere Aran in cherry (611)

Pair of 4.5 mm (US 7) knitting needles

Large-eyed darning needle *

Customized hat

Two 50 g (2 oz) balls of Debbie Bliss Cashmere Aran in ice (202)

Pair of 4.5 mm (US 7) knitting needles

II small mother-of-pearl buttons Selection of feathers

Small velvet butterfly Sewing needle and thread

Sizes

• One size (to fit average adult female head) 56 cm (22 in) circumference

Tension

20 sts x 26 rows to 10 cm (4 in) square measured over st-st using 4.5 mm (US 7) knitting needles

Abbreviations alt alternate; cont continu(e)(ing); dec decreas(e)(ing); foil follow(s)(ing): K knit; K2tog knit 2 stitches together; LH eft-hand P purl: rem remain(ing): psso pass slipped stitch over: rep repeat: RH right-hand; RS 'ight side: sl1 slip 1 stitch: st(s) stitch(es); st-st stocking stitch WS wrong side; yo yarn over

Designer's note

The basic pattern of this hat is very simple - here I have given it three very different looks. Why not experiment with your own edging ideas? I have used pearl buttons and ribbon from my grandma's button box for the Customized hat, but see what materials you can find to make your own hat unique.

The hats to make

Lace-edged hat

Using 4.5 mm (US 7) knitting needles, cast on 128 sts.

Row 1 (RS) (dec): K1, [K5, sl1, K2tog, ppsso, K6] 9 times, K1.110 sts. Row 2: Knit.

Row 3 (dec): K1, [K4, sl1, K2tog, psso, K5] 9 times, K1.92 sts. Row 4: Knit.

Row 5: K1, [yo, sl1, K1, psso] twice, K1, [K2tog, yo] twice, K1 9 times, K1. Row 6 and every WS row: K1, P to last st, K1 Row 7: K1, [K1, yo, sl1, K1, psso , yo, sl1, K2tog, psso, yo, K2tog, yo, K2 9 times, K1. Row 9: K1, [yo, sl1, K1, psso] twice, K1, [K2tog, yo] twice, K1 9 times, K1. Row 11: K1, [K1, yo, sl1, K1, psso , yo, sl1, K2tog, psso, yo, K2tog, yo, K2 ] 9 times, K1. Row 13: K1, [K2, yo, sl1, K1, psso, K1, K2tog, yo, K3] 9 times, K1.

Row 15: K1, [K3, yo, sl1, K2tog, psso, yo, K4] 9 times, K1. Row 17: Knit.

Rep last 2 rows until hat measures 13 cm (5

See page 52 for shaping crown instructions.

Embroidered hat

Using 4.5 mm (US 7) knitting needles, work picot cast-on as foils:

needle back onto LH needle* [3 sts now on LH

needle], rep from * to * until 90 sts on needle, cast on 2 sts. 92 sts.

Rep last 2 rows until hat measures 13 cm (5

See page 52 for shaping crown instructions.

Customized hat

Using 4.5 mm (US 7) knitting needles, cast on 92 sts.

Row 4: K1, P1, (P2. yo, P2tog) 22 times, P1, K1. Row 5: Knit. Row 6: Knit. Row 7: Knit.

Rep last 2 rows until hat measures 13 cm

See below for shaping crown instructions.

All hats Shape crown

Row 3: K1, [K6, K2tog] 10 times, K1.72 sts. Row 5: K1, [K5, K2tog] 10 times, K1.62 sts. Cont to dec as above on every alt row until 12 sts rem.

Break off yarn, run yarn through rem sts, draw up and fasten off. Using knit stitch selvedge as a guide, sew seam using mattress stitch (or back stitch).

to finish

Embroidered hat

Using a large-eyed darning needle, work self-coloured lazy daisy and French knot embroidery around the edge of the hat.

Customized hat

Thread ribbon through the eyelets (holes) and secure with a bow on the left-hand side. Sew on buttons between the eyelets. Decorate with feathers and a butterfly as shown in the photograph, securing in place with small stitches on the reverse of the hat.

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