Kittiwake Rasta Hat 3

Gauge 2.5 st to 1 in (brim)
Gauge 3.25 st to 1 in (Chart A cable)
Yarn: Malabrigo Rasta in Soriano and Stitch Red
DPN Size 9

Circumference 22 inches


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.

Brim: k1p1 for 3 in
Hat body 7 in
Circumference 22 in

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

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

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

Gauge at this pattern is 3.25 st to 1 in

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.










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. [RECALCULATE] 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.



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.


Starmore’s Kittiwake Hat

From Aran Knitting, page 130.

I’m changing up the yarn and the measurements, so here’s a record of my math.
The hat is for my brother, whose head circumference is 21.5 inches.
The hat has a lot of ease (it’s wool, that’s why), so I can make it to 20 inches.
Starmore’s hat is made to a circumference of 22 inches.
Starmore’s gauge is 7.5 st to 1 in on size 3 needles.
To cut 2 inches, I’d have to cut 15 st.
Chart A has a repeat of 23 st, or 3 in.
Best fit is done by just cutting one repeat of chart A. The ease should make it okay.
Starmore used two skeins of Scottish Fleet.
I’m using one skein of Scottish Fleet, and one skein of Hebridean 3 ply.
The Scottish Fleet is itchier than the Hebridean, so I’m using the Hebridean for the brim.

CO 168, work k2p2 rib (42 repeats) for 4 in, increase by 16 st (2 inches) evenly.
Begin pattern at 184 st.

Me: Hebridean 3 ply yarn in brown

With a 16 inch size 5 needle, at a gauge of 5 st to 1 in
I want it to be a 20 inch brim, so….
CO 100 st.
k2,p2 for 4 inches
increase evenly by 15 st (115 st on needle)

Change to Scottish Fleet fingering weight yarn (recalculate after calculating new gauge with this yarn)
(calculations below assuming gauge of 5 st to 1 in)

Repeat Chart A for 5 repeats (115 st)
Repeat Chart B for 5 repeats (35 st)(check math on number of st)

Starmore decreases:
p2tog, p3, p2tog (40 st)
p2tog, p1, p2tog (24 st)
cut yarn, draw through st attach tassel.

My decreases:

/calculations ongoing