Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Mermaid Hat

Mermaid hat
 
My first ever totally made up design! Ok so it is pretty basic, and probably not that original, but it is a step in the right direction!

Made for the lovely Kerry, and designed to keep her ears warm!


Tools:
1 set 5.5mm double pointed needles
Cable needle
Darning needle

Materials:
106 yards (c.70g) Chunky wool/bulky yarn (anything that will get you the correct gauge)

Gauge:
12 stitches and 10 rows in stocking stitch = 10cm using 5.5cm needles

Abbreviations:
K=knit
P= purl
K tbl = knit stitch through the back loop
K2tog = knit two stitches together
P2tog = purl two stitches together
K3tog = knit three stitches together
P3tog = purl three stitches together
C2F = slip two stitches onto cable needle as if to knit, hold in front of the work, knit next two stitches, knit the two stitches on the cable needle
C3F = slip three stitches onto cable needle as if to knit, hold in front of the work, knit next three stitches, knit the three stitches on the cable needle


Pattern:
Cast on 80 stitches on one needle
Arrange your stitches on three of your double pointed needles ensuring that any K6 or k4 sections are not split between needles (see pattern below – you can sort out which stitches are on which needles a bit later – but before row 14!). Join in the round being careful not to twist your work.
Place marker to indicate the beginning of your row.
1st row: *K6, P2, K1tbl, P2, K4, P2, K1tbl, P2* repeat x4 (until end of row)
Rows 2-8: continue in pattern for approximately 1 inch
Row 9: *K6, P2, K1tbl, P2, C2F, P2, K1tbl, P2* repeat until end of row
Rows 10-13: *K6, P2, K1tbl, P2, K4, P2, K1tbl, P2* repeat until end of row
Row 14: *C3F, P2, K1tbl, P2, C2F, P2, K1tbl, P2* repeat until end of row
Row 15-18: *K6, P2, K1tbl, P2, K4, P2, K1tbl, P2* repeat until end of row
Row 19 - 38: Repeat rows 9-18 twice more
Row 39-45: Begin a fourth pattern repeat, ending with row 15.
At this point your work should be a tube of around 20 cm in length and you should have completed 3½ pattern repeats (4 sets of C3F) (80 stitches)
Row 46: begin decreasing. *K6, P2, K1tbl, P2, K1, K2tog, K1, P2, K1tbl, P2* repeat until end of row (76 stitches)
Row 47: * K2tog, K2, K2tog, P2, K1tbl, P2, K3, P2, K1tbl, P2* repeat until end of row (68 stitches)
Row 48: *K4, P2tog, K1tbl, P2tog, K3, P2tog, K1tbl, P2tog* repeat until end of row (52 stitches)
Row 49: *K1, K2tog, K1, P1, K1tbl, P1, K3, P1, K1tbl, P1* repeat until end of row (48 stitches)
Row 50: *K1, K2tog, P1, K1tbl, P1, K3, P1, K1tbl, P1* repeat until end of row (44 stitches)
Row 51: *K2, P1, K1tbl, P1, K3tog, P1, K1tbl, P1* repeat until end of row (36 stitches)
Row 52: *K2tog, P1, K1tbl, P1, K1, P1, K1tbl, P1* repeat until end of row (32 stitches)
Row 53:  slip final pearl stitch onto 1st needle *P3tog, K1tbl, P3tog, K1tbl* repeat until end of row (16 stitches)
Row 54: *K2tog, K2tog* (8 stitches)
Cut wool leaving a tail and thread through the remaining stitches on the needle and draw tight.
Sew in your ends.



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