Streamlined sporty

On your marks, get set... go! Start those needles clicking and create the perfect hat for an afternoon jog in the park - or perhaps just a leisurely stroll.

Materials • Plain hat

Two 50 g (2 oz) balls of Jaeger Extra Fine Merino in brown fleck (974 Tabby)

Pair of 3.25 mm (US 3) knitting needles Pair of 4 mm (US 6) knitting needles

• Lady's narrow-striped hat

One 50 g (2 oz) ball of Jaeger Extra Fine Merino in each of the following colours: A pink (982 Rose Petal). B bei^e (973 Biscuit) and C blue (940 Ocean) Pair of 3.25 mm (US 3) knitting needles Pair of 4 mm (US 6) knitting needles

One 50 g (2 oz) ball of Jaeger Extra Fine Merino in each of the following colours: A burgundy (944 Elderberry) and

B blue (945 Blackcurrant)

Pair of 3.25 mm (US 3) knitting needles

Pair of 4 mm (US 6) knitting needles

Sizes

  • Medium (to fit an average adult female head) 56 cm (22 in) circumference
  • Large (to fit an average adult male head) 61 cm (24 in) circumference

Tension

22 sts x 30 rows to 10 cm (4 in) square measured over st-st using 4 mm (US 6) knitting needles

Abbreviations alt alternate; cont continu(e)(ing): dec decreas(e)(ing); foil follow(s)(ing); inc increas(e)(ing); K knit; K2tog knit 2 stitches together; P purl; rem remain(ing); rep repeat; RS right side; st(s) stitch(es); st-st stocking stitch; tbl through back of loops; WS wrong side

Designer's note

This hat pattern is extremely simple: try knitting it for a soccer fan using the team colours in the stripes, or as a gift in one colour to co-ordinate with the recipient's favourite sweater, coat, handbag or shoes.

Working instructions

Pattern is written for medium size (narrow stripe) first with large size (wide stripe) in brackets. Work the Plain hat in the appropriate size but in one colour throughout.

The hats to make

Using 3.25 mm (US 3) knitting needles and yarn C(A), cast on 114(126) sts.

Change to (keep) yarn A and work rib as foils:

These 2 rows set the rib sts. Work these 2

rows 4 times more.

Change to 4 mm (US 6) knitting needles.

Starting with a K row, work in st-st following chosen stripe pattern:

Narrow stripe

Wide stripe

Cont until work measures 10 cm (4 in) from cast-on.

Keeping stripe sequence correct, work shaping for crown.

Shape crown

Next row: K7(8). [K2tog tbl. K1, K2tog, K14(16)] 5 times, K2togtbl, K1, K2tog, K7(8). 102(114) sts. Work 3 rows.

Next row: K6(7), [K2tog tbl, K1. K2tog. K12(14)] 5 times, K2tog tbl. K1, K2tog, K6(7). 90(102) sts. Work 3 rows.

Next row: K5(6). [K2tog tbl, K1. K2tog, K10(12)]5times, K2tog tbl. K1. K2tog, K5(6). 78(90) sts. Work 3 rows.

Next row: K4(5), [K2tog tbl, K1. K2tog, K8(10)]5times. K2tog tbl. K1, K2tog, K4(5). 66(78) sts. Work 1(3) row(s).

Next row: K3(4), [K2tog tbl, K1, K2tog, K6(8)] 5 times, K2togtbl, K1, K2tog, K3(4). 54(66) sts. Work 1 row.

Cont to dec as above on every alt row until 18 sts rem, ending with a RS row. Next row (WS): [P3tog] 6 times. 6 sts. Break off yarn, run yarn through rem sts, draw up and fasten off. Using the knit stitch selvedge as a guide, sew seam using mattress stitch (or back stitch if preferred).

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