Tuesday, July 19, 2011

100 Degrees and Rising!

All over the US the summer temps are going up, up, up...you need protection from that fireball in the sky. Knit yourself up this great sun hat from Lion Brand Yarn in organic cotton and you'll be giving yourself the relief of the blistering sun!

SIZE: Varies Adult S/M (M/L)
Hat will stretch to fit a wide range of sizes.

• 480-098 Lion Brand Nature's Choice Organic Cotton Yarn : Almond 2 Balls
• Double-Pointed Needles - Size 7
• Crochet Hook - Size G-6
• Split Ring Stitch Markers
• Large-Eye Blunt Needle

• Additional Materials
Circular knitting needle size 7 (4.5 mm), 16 in. (40.5 cm) long
Needle nose pliers
Duct tape
32 (34) in. (81.5 (86.5 cm)) heavy gauge wire (a wire coat hanger works well) or craft wire

12 sts = about 4 in. (10 cm) in St st worked in rnds (k every rnd) BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.
When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you less stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

kfb (knit into front and then back)
An increase worked as follows:
1. Knit the next st through the front loop, but do not remove the st from your left hand needle.
2. Knit the same st once more, this time inserting your needle through the back loop of the st. You will have created 2 loops (sts) on your right hand needle.
3. Drop the st from your left hand needle - 1 st increased.
yo (yarn over) An increase that also creates a small decorative hole (eyelet) in the fabric, worked as follows:
1. Bring yarn to front, between the needles.
2. Take yarn to back, over the right needle. This creates the new st. You are now ready to proceed with the next st as instructed.
Crochet Cast-On
1. Make a slip knot and insert hook through knot. Do not tighten the loop onto the hook; you will be inserting your hook into again.
2. Wrap yarn over hook and pull through slip knot.
3. Wrap yarn over hook again and draw through loop just made - you have cast-on 1 st.
4. Insert hook into slip knot loop again.
5. Rep Steps 2-4 until a total of 5 (6) sts have been cast-on.
6. Divide sts onto 3 needles. Place marker for beginning of rnd. Join by working the first st on left hand needle with the working yarn from the right hand needle and being careful not to twist sts. Slip marker at the beginning of every rnd.

Rnd 1 (RS): (Kfb in next st) 5 times, k0 (1) - 10 (11) sts at the end of this rnd. Note: The '0' means that there will be one st remaining to knit at the end of the rnd for the M/L size only.
Rnd 2 and all even-numbered rnds: Knit.
Rnd 3: *K1, yo; rep from * around - 20 (22) sts at the end of this rnd.
Note: When sts have been sufficiently increased, change to circular needle.
Rnd 5: *K2, yo; rep from * around - 30 (33) sts at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 7: *K3, yo; rep from * around - 40 (44) sts at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 9: *K4, yo; rep from * around - 50 (55) sts at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 11: *K5, yo; rep from * around - 60 (66) sts at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 13: *K6, yo; rep from * around - 70 (77) sts at the end of this rnd.
Work in St st worked in rnds (k every rnd) until piece measures about 7 in. (18 cm) from beginning.
Next Rnd: *K7, yo; rep from * around - 80 (88) sts at the end of this rnd.
Next 6 Rnds: Knit.
Next Rnd: K4, yo, *k8, yo; rep from * to last 4 sts, k4 - 90 (99) sts at the end of this rnd.
Next 6 Rnds: Knit.
Next Rnd (Turning Ridge): Purl.
Next 3 Rnds: Knit.
Bind off, leaving a long yarn tail.

Using pliers, form wire into a circle, overlapping ends by about 1 in. (2.5 cm).
Wrap wire ends with duct tape to secure.
Lay wire circle onto WS of Hat. Fold Hat edge, along turning ridge, over wire.
Thread yarn tail into blunt needle and whipstitch edge of Hat, securing wire.
Weave in ends.

This posting is dedicated to my mom, who on July 6, 2011 passed away in peace.

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