Saturday, April 18, 2009

Free Knitting Pattern: Fiddlehead hat

I have had such a great feedback and fun making these hats that I decided to share.


But as I tried to copy/paste the pattern I spent the whole afternoon typing, it keeps rejecting me, so if you know how I can do this do let me know. For now the pattern is only available for Ravelry members until I can figure this out...DH just came home and saved me from a potential tear down!!!
So here it is
Free knitting Pattern
Please note that this was written straight from my head, Knit at your own risk...


Fiddlehead hat

1 ball Berroco Sox Metallic Durian color 1372
1 Ball Queensland Collection KATHMANDU Aran Color 144
2 circular needles size 2.75mm

Notions:
Tapestry needle
Stitch markers
"Embellish Knit" (optional but makes the I-cord work faster)
Scissors

Gauge:
Not too crucial but I got 8stsX10 rows=1inch square


Size: Medium/Large

Special instructions
Flaps:
Knit back and forth in garter stitch on 5 sts for 8 ridges.
Hat is constructed with the head band made of a small multidirectional "scarf", then stitches are picked up along the sides for the crown. I-cord "Fiddleheads" are then threaded trough the flaps for embellishment.


I wish to thank Karen for giving me permission to use her great instructions for the multidirectional scarf.


Hat Band:
With 2.75mm needle and the sox yarn cast on one stitch, leaving enough tail to use to sew band together later.
Row 1: Inc (knit front and back of st) = 2sts
Row2: Inc into first stitch, knit to end. =3sts
Repeat row 1 and 2 until you have 22sts.
Short row section:
Row 1: Inc into first stitch, SSK, turn.
Row 2: and all even rows, Knit.
Row 3: Inc into first stitch, K1, SSK, Turn.
Row 5: Inc into first stitch, K2, SSK, Turn.
Row 7: Inc into the first stitch, k3, SSK, Turn.

Continue the short row section, increasing in the first stitch of every odd-numbered row between the Inc and the SSK, (you don’t have to count because you’ll always be SSK-ing the two stitches on ether side of the gap that form from your Turn on the previous row.
Keep working until you have SSK-ed the last 2 sts, Turn.
Repeat instructions for the short row section 5 time more. You should have now, 6 short row sections altogether.
For the last Triangle:
Work as in previous section until you have 11 stitches on each needle.
Next row : Knit
Dec row: K2Tog, k8, SSK, Turn.
Odd-numbered rows: Knit.
Dec row: K2Tog, K6, SSK, Turn.
Continue until you have 3 sts on each needle. (6 stitches altogether).

Next: K1, K3Tog, Turn, K2.
Next: K3Tog, Turn, K1.
Next: K2Tog, pull gently the last stitch made and leave on needle or stitch holder to use as the first stitch of the crown, DO NOT CUT YARN, this way you don‘t have to join any yarn.
With tapestry needle sew up the band to close it using the tail end of the cast on, with a mattress stitch.

Crown:
Using the last stitch of the hat band as your starting point, pick up along the edge of the band 160 sts. (Works out to 2 sts made in front and back of each ridge edge).
Purl 2 rows.
Knit 8 rows.
Flap row: *K20, turn and make a flap of 5sts in garter stitch going back and forth over 8 ridges*, repeat *to * 7 more times. You should have 8 flaps evenly distributed over the row.
Knit 8 rows.
Purl 2 rows.
Knit 8 rows.
Flap row: K5, turn and make flap as in previous instructions, (you are "moving " the flaps over 5 sts to get a spiral effect in the final design), *K20, turn and make flap*, repeat *to*until the end of row and you have 8 flaps evenly distributed.
Knit 8 rows.
Purl 2 rows.
Knit6 rows.
Flap row: K10, Turn and make flap as in previous instructions, *K20, Turn and make flap*, repeat * to *, until the end of row and you have 8 flaps evenly distributed.
Knit 4 rows.
Next row: (Knit 14 sts, K2Tog) 10 times for top of crown decrease.
Knit 1 row.
Next row: (Purl 13 sts, K2Tog) 10 times for top of crown decrease.
Purl 1 row.
Next row: (Knit 12 sts, K2Tog)10 times for top of crown decrease.
Knit 1 row.
Next row: (Knit 11 sts, K2Tog)10 times for top of crown decrease. 120sts.
Knit 1 row.
Flap row: K10, Turn and make flap as in previous instructions, *K15, turn and make flap*, repeat *to* until the end of row and you have 8 flaps evenly At this point you can switch to 2 circular needles for comfort and ease.
Next row: (K10 sts, K2Tog) 10 times for top of crown decrease.
Knit 1 row.
Next row: (K9 sts, K2Tog) 10 times for top of crown decrease.
Knit 1 row.
Next row: (K8 sts, K2Tog) 10 times for top of crown decrease.
Knit 1 row.
Next row: (P7 sts, K2Tog) 10 times for top of crown decrease.
Purl 1 row.
Next row: (K6 sts, K2Tog) 10 times for top of crown decrease.
Knit 1 row.
Flap row: *K7, Turn make flap as in previous instructions*, repeat *to*until the end of row and you have 8 flaps evenly distributed.
Next row: (K5 sts, K2Tog) 10 times for top of crown decrease.
Knit 1 row.
Next row: (P4 sts, K2Tog) 10 times for top of crown decrease.
Purl 1 row.
Next row: (P3 sts, K2Tog) 10 times for top of crown decrease.
Purl 1 row.
Next row: (P2 sts, K2Tog) 10 times for top of crown decrease.
Purl 1 row.
Next row: (P1 st., K2Tog) 10 times for top of crown decrease.
Purl 1 row.
Next row: (P2Tog), 10 times for top of crown decrease.
Cut yarn and thread through the last 10 sts remaining and close.

Make 8 length of 4sts I-cord for fiddleheads. Thread the I-cord through the flaps made, from band to top of crown. Near the hat band make a small fiddlehead and anchor with a few whip sts. Near the top make larger fiddleheads of varied length. Tie up all fiddleheads at the top with an I-cord binder wrapped around the "bunch" of 8 "fiddleheads" 2 or 3 times. Anchor with light whipped stitches.


Fiddlehead Hat ValériePagnier-Copyright ® 2009 Valérie Pagnier

8 comments:

Jocelyne said...

Hi Valerie - I found your blog! Might try that hat. Cheers - Jocelyne

frenchette said...

Thank you, it is fun to do.
Valérie

WrenS0ng4 said...

I LOVE your fiddlehead hats. Thanks so much for sharing your pattern... Any chance you will share the patterns for your 2 previous fiddlehead hats????
Lee Ann
cropwithcm@comcast.net

geela said...

That one is my favourite one! And it looks so good on you. Nice of you to share.

frenchette said...

The other hats are all based on the same pattern offered here, variations are in the wool, size needles and color.

Michele said...

Beautiful!! Thanks for sharing and happy knitting!

Susuko said...

Thank you for this very funny hat!

benedictesymcox said...

Hi there... I'm knitting now, but have a question. How long do you make your lengths of icord? Thank you