Pixie ribbed hat
This hat is an adult version of a hat designed by Diana Chan Taylor
as a Crystal Palace pattern in 1985, for a
pixie. We feel it's
been unjustly overlooked, ironically in part because of the cute picture -
something like 20 years at Straw Into Gold, the young man is now
beyond doing well in college, how could they possibly take it down :-)?
Yet it's not the perfect picture because it doesn't show the very
interesting side view to the hat, a neat play of interlocking ribs.
Moreover, while working it we decided that this is one of those
rare objects, a knitted item that works up very elegantly
with minimal need to refer to instructions. It's also simple
enough for beginners, requiring nothing but the ability to knit and purl.
So we're offering it here in bulky weight, sized for an adult,
and re-working the instructions to emphasize their simplicity.
Here is a side view of a finished baby version, with interlocking ribs.
and here is a picture of the same hat open before seaming, both sides symmetrical.
Level of difficulty
Medium adult (22" around head).
- 1 ball Crystal Palace Iceland
(100g, 110yd) color 4320 (leaf)
- Optional: 1 ball Crystal Palace Whisper
(50g, 97yd) color 9263 (tidepool).
- 1 set single-pointed straight needles size 11
10 st and 14 rows for 4" (10cm) in plain stockinette.
The model hat is worked by holding the 2 yarns together through the whole
thing, which gives a nice soft hairy halo but lets the pattern show through.
If you're opposed to eyelash,
you may just use the Iceland and spare yourself the aggravation :-).
Cast on 42 st, not too tightly.
Work 4 rows of ribbing: (knit 2, purl2)* repeat till end of row, knit 2.
The rest of the hat will be knit in groups of 3 rows.
Every 2nd and 3rd row merely
repeats the first in each group, knitting all knits and purling all purls
as you see them.
Group 1: knit 6, (purl 2, knit2)* purl 2, knit 6.
Group 2: knit 8, (purl 2, knit2)* purl 2, knit 8.
Group 3: knit 10, (purl 2, knit2)* purl 2, knit 10.
And so on. In other words, you're knitting into one more rib every 3 rows,
at both ends of the row,
and reproducing that row exactly with the next 2 rows. If you're having
qualms about counting rows, just think of it this way: when you're
at the end of a row and
working on top of a distinct purled horizontal rib (not just a single row of purls),
you knit through to the rib beyond it, and you'll have about the correct rhythm.
You eat up all the vertical ribs this way, 3 rows at a time,
till you're doing nothing
but a row of knits all across. Stop, fold the hat in half along the top,
and sew the seam closed so you form a flat square.
Grafting the seam (aka Kitchener stitch) will provide the missing row
invisibly to make the hat perfectly symmetrical. See the excellent
if you're not familiar with the process.
In case you wondered, the matching scarf photographed above is
one of Esther Bozak's great
reversible pattern, the
mistake-rib, we also give instructions for it.
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