Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sand Dune Slouch (Original Pattern)

I'm keeping up with my tradition on my KUAS Facebook Group page: one free pattern give-away to the first commenter on the announcement post every time there is a new release! (Only group members eligible). Like I said before, it's my way of thanking you guys for keeping up with my crafting life.

Anyways, meet the "Sand Dune Slouch." It's a lightly-slouched hat that resembles sand dunes.

I've always wanted to knit up a lightly-slouched hat that had one main cable panel for interest. I came up with this dune-like cable pattern that intertwines garter stitches with twisted stockinette stitches. The main body of the hat has a textured garter stitch pattern that resembles sand.


Pattern: Sand Dune Slouch  by Anna Maliszewski 

Construction: Bottom-up, worked in the round.

Sizes: Preemie, baby, toddler, child, teen and adult.

Gauge: 11sts=2’’ and 22 rows=2’’ in pattern.

-Under 175 yards of worsted weight yarn. Pattern seen in Bernat -Satin Solids.
-Set 5 of dpns in size US 6/2.75mm, or 40’’ size US 6 circular needle (for “magic loop”)
-1 cable and 1 darning needle.
-2 stitch markers
-Optional: 3 buttons

I've actually written up the pattern for 6 sizes! Preemie, Baby, Toddler, Child, Teen & Adult. It took a little time to tweak the instructions to fit smaller sizes, but I came up with a good solution. For the smaller sizes, I shortened the brim, depending on the size, and the smallest size has one or two less repeats. 
It's not knit with luxury yarn, so I can only imagine what it looks like with a super-wash merino wool, alpaca, or a nice blend of something in worsted weight. This was a stash-buster project, so I stuck to my guns and decided to finish a pattern and re-knit it with natural fiber at a later date.
I think I am planning on doing a podcast tomorrow afternoon. This isn't the only thing I worked on this week, and I have plenty to share with you. Did you like the last one (Episode 3)? I thank you for your feedback. I have plans on categorizing my future podcasts into segments: FO's, WIP's, Spinning, (weaving, if any), Pattern updates, Stash enhancements, Hot in the Moment, etc. 

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