You can see more examples of the hat design on my Student Gallery Page.
This pattern is a variation of a design by Mary Jane Mucklestone
Materials for both projects:
Approximately 50 grams each of two highly contrasting colors of DK weight yarn. US Size 6 DPNs if you want to make fingerless mitts, 16” circulars & matching DPNs if you want to make a hat. You can avoid DPNs by knitting the hat or gloves using one long (32-40”) circular needle using the magic loop technique. You will also need stitch markers and a tapestry needle.
Gauge is 20 sts per 4”. If you prefer a larger or smaller sized item, or prefer to work in a different gauge, increase or decrease the number of cast on stitches by a multiple of 4.
The finished mitts will be about 8” in circumference. You may discontinue or repeat the patterns for desired length.
The finished hat will be about 20” at the widest circumference.
The motif is four stitches wide. The graph shows two repeats of the four stitch repeat.
- Cast on 40 sts with double pointed needles in MC.
- Connect into the round, place a stitch marker at the beginning of the round and knit 2×2 rib for 1”.
- Add the CC and follow the chart from the bottom row up, right to left. Keep track of where you are in the pattern high lighter tape or a post it, covering the upper rows and keeping the lower rows visible.
- Follow the chart until you reach the checkerboard portion.
- Periodically try on the glove to check the length and the fit. The cast on edge will be the bottom of the glove.
- On row 24, bind off 8 stitches with MC to create a hole for the thumb.
- Start the first row of the checkerboard pattern, casting on 8 stitches with MC where you had previously bound off 8 stitches to create the top half of the hole for your thumb.
- Continue with the chart. Finish the mitt by knitting 2×2 ribbing or your preferred edge pattern for 1”.
- Bind off and weave in ends.
- Cast on 100 sts with circular needles with MC.
- Connect into the round, place a stitch marker at the beginning of the round, and knit 2×2 rib for 2”.
- Add the CC to follow the chart from the bottom row up, right to left. Use a post it to mark the row you are currently on.
- Once the hat is about 6” or your desired depth, divide the hat into 10 sections with stitch markers. Use a distinctive marker for the beginning of the round.
- Knitting only with MC, K2tog just before each marker for one round. Knit the next round with no decreases.
- Continue to alternate decrease and even rounds until the circumference is too small to knit comfortably on circular needles.
- Once you have only four stitches between markers, decrease every two stitches on every row until you have 10 stitches.
- Cut the yarn leaving an 8” tail and thread the tail thorough the loops with a tapestry needle. Pull the yarn tight and tie a knot by going under a stitch near the center of the back of the hat. Weave in the ends
This pattern is four stitches wide. The graphs below show the pattern repeated twice.