It was not just below freezing, but below zero, snowing, and
windy when I came in from shovelling, changed from boots to
slippers, made a pot of tea, and began this hat, from stash
yarns. I was aiming to make a no-frills hat, really warm, with
a lining, that would suit even extreme conditions of cold and
wind. It is named for what is perhaps the last of Colorado’s
no-frills, no-fashion extreme skiing towns.
I began it with one strand of
Cascade Cloud 9 (deep rose
104) left over from a red sweater, combined with one strand of
King Cole Luxury Mohair
in Monaco worked on #7 circular needles, to a gauge of 16
stitches/4 inches or 10 cm.
My lining was some leftover
Cascade Ecological Wool,
which worked to a measurement, on the same number of stitches,
about 10% less than the 20 inches, also on #7 circulars, roughly
18 stitches/4 inches or 10 cm.
A second version of the hat, all in
Ecological Wool, and has a more masculine look. Directions are
given in the pattern.
The directions fit an average size adult
with 81 stitches cast on. 5% more stitches and about another
1/3 inch of depth will fit the largest man; 5% fewer stitches
and about 1/3 inch less depth will fit the smallest woman.
Adapting the pattern: You can readily
adjust to a number of stitches into which a repeat jacquard
motif will fit, and adjust the decreases accordingly. You can
also adjust for any gauge as long as you have about 20 inches
cast on—roughly 90 for knitting worsted.
You may want to do as I did here, and work
a thicker yarn or combination on smaller needles than usual, to
get a thicker, denser fabric, but as long as you are careful
with swatching, it will work. Just be sure that your cast on
will give you a number that will to make the decreases come out
even, and any jacquard work you intend to come out even and that
will give you between 9 and 12 decreases.
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