Saturday, October 15, 2016

A Stocking Cap for the Less Refined Snow

It's beginning to look a lot like Halloween out there.  Costumes are being finished.  Houses are taking on a goulish look.  And thoughts are turning to comfort food and yes, candy.


Now, as the days are getting shorter there's more and more time we are going to be out in the dark and cold.  Best to have a little something to help keep the noggin warm.  To help with this, I give you the Dirty Snow Stocking Cap.

No, the hat isn't crunchy and there's no gravel involved, but it will keep your ears warm and your fingers nimble.  The name actually came from the look of the yarn that I chose.  It's a natural white with flecks of black and brown in it.  One day while I was knitting up the cables I looked down and thought, wow, that kind of reminds me of the snow after the gravel has been laid down.  And there you go.

If you would like a pdf of this pattern and have a Ravelry account, a copy can be found here.

If you would like a pdf of this pattern from Etsy, it can be found here.

Feel free to change the yarn, gauge, or size to fit your needs.  Just please do not try to sell this pattern as your own.

If you have any problems that you think that I might be able to help you with, email me at GridMammalCrafts@gmail.com .  And without further ado, the pattern.
Dirty Snow Stocking Cap
Materials:
·         Size 9, 5.5 mm Double Point Knitting Needles
·         Size 8, 5.0 mm Double Point Knitting Needles
·         1 Skein Hayfield Aran with Wool, Shade 929 Glen Coe
·         Darning Needle
Gauge:
·         4 Stitches x 7 Rows = 1” x 1” in Garter Stitch
Finished Size:
·         Fits up to a 23 inch circumference head comfortably.
Notes:
·         Cap is knit in the round from the crown to the brim.
·         Repeat each row of the chart five times for each round of the cap.
·         Rounds 37 through 40 are repeat rounds, they will be completed a total of ten times at the end of the cap.
Key:


Chart:
Instructions:
Cast on 5 stitches on size 9 knitting needles.
Round 1: (kfb) x 5 – 10 stitches
Round 2: (k2) x 5 – 10 stitches
Round 3: (k1, lli, rli, k1) x 5 – 20 stitches
Round 4: (k4) x 5 – 20 stitches
Round 5: (k1, lli, k2, rli, k1) x 5 - 30 stitches
Round 6: (k6) x 5 - 30 stitches
Round 7: (k1, lli, k4, rli, k1) x 5 - 40 stitches
Round 8: (k1, p1, k4, p1, k1) x 5 - 40 stitches
Round 9: (k1, lli, p1, 22lc, p1, rli, k1) x 5 - 50 stitches
Round 10: (k1, p2, 21rpc, k2, 21lpc, p2, k1) x 5 - 50 stitches
Round 11: (k1, lli, p1, 21rpc, 21lpc, p1, rli, k1) x 5 - 60 stitches
Round 12: (k2, p1, k2, p2, k2, p2, k1) x 5 - 60 stitches
Round 13: (k1, lli, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, rli, k1) x 5 - 70 stitches
Round 14: (k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2) x 5 – 70 stitches
Round 15: (k1, lli, k1, p2, 21lpc, 21rpc, p2, k1, rli, k1) x 5 - 80 stitches
Round 16: (k2, 21lpc, p3, k4, p3, 21rpc, k2) x 5 - 80 stitches
Round 17: (k1, lli, 21lpc, p2, 22lc, p2, 21rpc, rli, k1) x 5 - 90 stitches
Round 18: (k1, p2, k2, p2, k4, p2, k2, p2, k1) x 5 - 90 stitches
Round 19: (k1, lli, p2, 21lpc, 21rpc, 21lpc, 21rpc, p2, rli, k1) x 5 – 100 stitches
Round 20: (k1, p4, k4, p2, k4, p4, k1) x 5 – 100 stitches
Round 21: (k1, p4, 22rc, p2, 22rc, p3, t2r) x 5 – 100 stitches
Round 22: (k1, p4, k4, p2, k4, p3, k1, p1) x 5 – 100 stitches
Round 23: (k1, p3, 21rpc, 21lpc, 21rpc, 21lpc, p2, k1, p1) x 5 – 100 stitches
Round 24: (k1, p3, k2, p2, k4, p2, k2, p2, k1, p1) x 5 – 100 stitches
Round 25: (k1, p2, 21rpc, p2, 22lc, p2, k1, t2l, p1, k1, p1) x 5 – 100 stitches
Round 26: (k1, p2, k2, p3, k4, p2, (k1, p1) x 3) x 5 – 100 stitches
Round 27: (k1, p1, t2r, k1, p3, k4, p2, (k1, p1) x 3) x 5 – 100 stitches
Round 28: ((k1, p1) x 2, k1, p3, k4, p2, (k1, p1) x 3) x 5 – 100 stitches
Round 29: ((k1, p1) x 2, k1, p3, 22lc, p2, (k1, p1) x 3) x 5 – 100 stitches
Round 30: ((k1, p1) x 2, k1, p3, k4, p2, (k1, p1) x 3) x 5 – 100 stitches
Round 31: ((k1, p1) x 2, k1, p2, 21rpc, k1, t2l, p1, (k1, p1) x 3) x 5 – 100 stitches
Round 32: ((k1, p1) x 2, k1, p2, k2, p1, (k1, p1) x 5) x 5 – 100 stitches
Round 33: ((k1, p1) x 3, t2r, kp/kp lc, (k1, p1) x 4) x 5 – 100 stitches
Round 34: ((k1, p1) x 10) x 5 – 100 stitches
Round 35: ((k1, p1) x 10) x 5 – 100 stitches
Round 36: ((k1, p1) x 10) x 5 – 100 stitches
Switch to size 8 knitting needles.
Round 37: ((k1, p1) x 4, kp/kp lc, (k1, p1) x 4) x 5 – 100 stitches
Round 38: ((k1, p1) x 10) x 5 – 100 stitches
Round 39: ((k1, p1) x 10) x 5 – 100 stitches
Round 40: ((k1, p1) x 10) x 5 – 100 stitches
Repeat rounds 37 through 40 nine more times.
Bind off loosely in pattern.
Break yarn and weave in ends.


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