Monday, September 24, 2007

Spaceman Beanie

I was going to call this the "Strawberry Sundae" hat because the wool/alpaca blend yarn by Nashua I used is sooooo creamy and delicious, but when it was finished it looked more like some sort of alien mind-control-ray-blocking helmet than delicious foodstuffs. Thus, the Spaceman Beanie was born.
This kinda happens a lot. I've stopped expecting my finished projects to look anything like the picture I have in my head. At least I'm usually pleased with the results. I mean, who doesn't need an alien mind-control-ray-blocking helmet?



Materials
US size 6 needles
2 colors of your choice of Nashua Creative Focus Chunky. I used Natural and Carnation for the pink hat and Natural and Grass for the green.

Pattern:
*note* This is a pretty small hat, so if you are using a very non-elastic yarn, or making this hat for a person with an especially large head, you may want to cast on an additional 14 stitches and add an extra repeat of the stitches in parentheses.

Color A rows are in Grey, Color B Rows are in Red.
Using A, cast on 72 stitches. Knit 2 rows. Change to B.
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: k1, kfb, k4, sl1, k1, psso, k2tog, (k4, kfb, kfb, k4, sl1, k1, psso, k2tog) 4 times, k4, kfb, k1
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: As Row 3
Row 6: Knit

Repeat these 6 rows 6 times.

Decrease Rows:
DRow 1: Knit
DRow 2: Purl
DRow 3: k6, sl1, k1, psso, k2tog (k10, sl1, k1, psso, k2tog) 4 times, k6
DRow 4: Purl
DRow 5: k5, sl1, k1, psso, k2tog (k8, sl1, k1, psso, k2tog) 4 times, k5
DRow 6: Knit
DRow 7: Knit
DRow 8: Purl
DRow 9:
k4, sl1, k1, psso, k2tog (k6, sl1, k1, psso, k2tog) 4 times, k4
DRow 10: Purl
DRow 11: k3, sl1, k1, psso, k2tog (k4, sl1, k1, psso, k2tog) 4 times, k3
DRow 12: Knit
DRow 13: Knit
DRow 14: Purl
DRow 15: k2, sl1, k1, psso k2tog (k2, sl1, k1, psso, k2tog) 4 times, k2
DRow 16: Purl
DRow 17: K2tog across
DRow 18: Knit

Break yarn leaving a long tail. Sew the tail through the remaining 11 stitches on the needle, then sew up the side of the hat.



By popular demand I am also posting a pattern knitted in the round. You'll need 5 size 6 dpns for this. Again, if you want a larger hat cast on 14 additional stitches and repeat the stitches in parentheses 6 times instead of 5.

Using A cast on 70 stitches. Knit one round. Purl one round. Switch to B
Round 1: Knit
Round 2: Knit
Round 3: (kfb, kfb, k4, sl1, k1, psso, k2tog, k4) 5 times
Round 4: Knit
Round 5: As row 3
Round 6: Purl

Repeat these 6 rows 6 times.

Decrease Rounds:

Round 1: Knit
Round 2: Knit
Round 3: (k6, sl1, k1, psso, k2tog, k4) 5 times
Round 4: Knit
Round 5: (k5, sl1, k1, psso, k2tog, k3) 5 times
Round 6: Purl
Round 7: Knit
Round 8: Knit
Round 9: (k4, sl1, k1, psso, k2tog, k2) 5 times
Round 10: Knit
Round 11: (k3, sl1, k1, psso, k2tog, k1) 5 times
Round 12: Purl
Round 13: Knit
Round 14: Knit
Round 15: (k2, sl1, k1, psso, k2tog) 5 times
Round 16: Knit
Round 17: k2tog across
Round 18: Purl

Break yarn and sew through the remaining stitches on the needles.



1 comment:

Jen said...

Wow. That is amazing! I'm going to have to knit that (in gray and white, I think).