Daisy Stitch Hat – Pattern

As promised, here is my effort to create a matching hat for the daisy stitch handwarmers (pattern from the purl bee, link is in the My Favourite Patterns.

Several notes:
– this pattern has been tested ONLY ONCE (when I was making it) so I do not guarantee satisfaction with it
– I will be refining it over next months and post updates, so please take a look at this blog to check are you using the latest version
– The hat has been made to accommodate my average-size-large head. I have no idea how does that fit into regular measurements.
– The next one I shall be doing with smaller number of cast on stitches (as this one is quite loose).

OK, here it goes – all comments welcome!

yarn used:
– 100% DK merino – James C. Brett and Stylecroft combined – you will need a skein in each colour (here used vanilla, pink, merlot and avocado) and that will be enough to make a pair of handwarmers and a hat and still have some leftovers (I’m planning that as a future project, keep looking at this space :))

needles:
– circular 4.5mm (US 7) 40cm
– set of 4 DPNs 4.5 mm (US 7)

pattern:
– in colour A cast on 144 stitches on the circular needles and start knitting in the round (I usually cast on an extra one, so 145 in total, and use it to k2tog when starting). For my next try-out, I will try to do it smaller (and CO something like 104)
– start 1×1 rib (so k1,p1) until the end of the round – repeat this for a total of 10 rows
– switch to B and knit all stitches until the end of a round
– start the daisy stitch: [k3tog,yo,k3tog],p1, repeat until the end of the round (for details how to do the daisy stitch, please look at the purl bee’s instructions in the handwarmers pattern, very easy to follow)
– switch to C and knit all stitches until the end of a round
– s1, *p1, [k3tog,yo,k3tog]* (repeat between ** until the end of the round, use the stitch slipped in the beginning to create the last k3tog), pass the last worked on stitch back on to the left needle (that one will be worked on twice)

– switch to D
– repeat the pattern in italic until you can count 7 daisy stitch rows (and you finish on the same colour you have started)
– switch to A and knit all stitches until the end of a round
– start 1×1 rib (so k1,p1) until the end of the round – repeat this for a total of 16 rows
decrease:
– *[k1,p1] 3 times, k2tog* – repeat until the end of the round
– *[k1,p1] 3 times, k1* – repeat until the end of the round
– *[k1,p1] 2 times, k1, k2tog* – repeat until the end of the round
– *[k1,p1] 2 times, k1, k1* – repeat until the end of the round
– *[k1,p1] 2 times, k2tog* – repeat until the end of the round
– * k1,p1, k1, k2tog* – repeat until the end of the round
– * k1,p1, k2tog* – repeat until the end of the round
– * k1, k2tog* – repeat until the end of the round
– k2tog – repeat until the end of the round
– k2tog until only 3 stitches remain, work an i-cord for 4 rows

weave in all loose ends and wear 🙂

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