Kittiwake Rasta Hat

Gauge 2.5 st to 1 in
Yarn: Malabrigo Rasta in Soriano and Stitch Red
DPN Size 9

Circumference 22 inches
CO 54 st
I used a two color long tail cast on.
I’m not using the red yarn past the cast on.

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Brim: k1p1 for 4 in (10cm)
Hat body (pattern part) is 17 cm, which is 7 in
Circumference of Kittiwake pattern is 56 cm, which is 22 in.

Book: Aran Knitting, Alice Starmore, Kittiwake Hat, page 133 (charts)

Chart A = Hat, 23 st wide, 37 st high

Can accommodate two repeats (46 st)(8 st difference [54-46], so add a 4 st spacer to front of each repeat — so 27 st wide, 54 st with all repeats)

Chart A already has a 6 st p leeway between cables. Adding 4 st would mean making it 8 st on each side. So: (| 3 st of p | 17 st cable | 3 st of p | 3 st of p | 17 st cable | 3 st of p |) becomes:  (| 5 st of p | 17 st cable| 5 st of p | 5 st of p | 17 st cable| 5 st of p |) SO there are two sides with a solid 10 st of p — maybe add a nice additional cable twist there to prettify things?

Proposed 4 st repeat, Chart C, 8 st high. Pretty, easy, and symmetrical.

SO design becomes: (| 5 st of p | 17 st cable| 3 st of p | 4 st cable | 3 st of p | 17 st cable| 5 st of p |)

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Can make shorter, remember to do a 5 to 1 decrease in center of pattern at top row. This would look best at row 37, 25, 13 and 3.

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Chart B = Brim decreases, 19 st wide, 24 st high
Decreases are at row 8, 13, 19, and 24. So every 5 rows, two st per repeat disappears. Two repeats, so that is four st. Gauge of 2.5 st to 1 in, that means 1.6 in disappears every five rounds. That actually sounds fine, take a look again when you get there.

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After Chart B:

Round 1: p

Round 2: p2tog, p3, p2tog

Round 3: p2tog, p1, p2tog

Break off yarn and put through remaining st on needle. Tighten. Fasten off if you don’t want a pom pom or a tassel.

If you want a pom pom or tassel, refer to the book p. 132.

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