Friday, July 20, 2012

Ginny's Dishcloth Hat


    

Last month at the knitting group I attend, a friend asked me to try to copy a favorite winter hat that belonged to her friend Ginny.  Ginny had worn  the hat for many years and it was her favorite.

 

 With the help of someone in the group who knits dishcloths, I did my best to write a pattern for what Ginny called her asthma hat .  We all agreed that we would try to make the hat at this month's meeting.  When I spoke to Ginny on the phone she said she would love to make a new hat and thought she would like it in purple. 


I had some purple yarn and chose it to make the hat thinking I would give it to Ginny when I finished it. As you can see the hat is not yet finished.   It was in the newspaper today that Ginny passed away.  She and her husband had been married for 62 years.  I will finish the hat and give it to someone who needs a hat to keep warm this winter.  The pattern for Ginny's hat follows.  If you try making it and like the hat, it would be nice if you also made one to give to someone who needs a warm hat.  I think Ginny would like that!


Ginny’s Dishcloth Hat
Worsted weight yarn, about 4 oz.
Needles to obtain a gauge: 4 stitches to the inch in stockinette
I used size 9.
Leaving a 10”tail,  knit a chain for 2 inches.  Increase in the last stitch.  Working in garter stitch, increase one stitch at the beginning of every row until you have 16 stitches on the needle.  Work even for 32 rows.
Next row: Knit 6, place a marker, increase in the next stitch, place a marker, increase in next stitch, knit to end of row.  Wrong side row: increase in the first stitch, knit to marker, slide marker, purl to the next marker, slide marker, knit 6.  Mark the wrong side with a safety pin.
Knit 6, slide marker, knit to last stitch before marker increase in next stitch, slide marker, increase in next stitch, knit to the end of the row.  Repeat the last two rows 15 times more.  Work one more wrong side row. You should have 66 stitches, 43 on back of hat, 17 stockinette  and  6 garter stitch on the front.
Work even with no increases, but keeping to pattern for 8 rows.
Begin decrease rows:
Knit 6, slide marker, knit to last two stitches before marker, knit 2 tog. , slide marker, knit 2 together, knit to end of row.Knit 2 tog. , knit to marker, slide marker, purl to next marker, slide marker, knit 6. Repeat the last two rows until 16 stitches remain. End with a wrong side row.
Knit even on the 16 stitches for 32 rows.
Decrease 1 at the beginning of every row until one stitch remains.  Chain for 2 inches.  End off, leaving a 10” tail.
Use the yarn tail to secure a loop at the end of each strap. 
Sew buttons on the dishcloth side 4 ridges up from the first increase and eight stitches up from the lower edge.Definition of terms:

Knit a chain: Cast on 1 stitch. Knit that stitch over and over without changing direction until chain is desired length
Garter stitch: Knit every row
Stockinette stitch: Knit one row, purl one row
Increase: Knit in the front and back of next stitch
Decrease: Knit 2 together 

You can change the size of the hat by adding extra rows at the top of the hat and you can add a few more rows to the straps.

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