Leslie Anne Hat

Techniques

Knitting in the round, basic increases and decreases, applied i-cord bind off; written instructions and photo and video demonstrations provided

Level

Intermediate to Advanced

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The Leslie Anne hat is the perfect fall and winter slouchy newsboy hat! The main body of the hat is knit in the round from the rib up to a modified slouchy rib. A quick center decrease at the top is perfect for those who want to add on a pom-pom. The newsboy bill is picked up from the cast-on edge and is worked gradually around to sit just near the ears. The bill is finished off with an easy-to-work applied i-cord bind off to keep the bill from rolling up. The Leslie Anne hat is a fun, yet functional, hat that comes in a child size and two adult sizes. The hat is named after my mother and reminds me of how much she loved to try on hats of all sorts and shapes.

Materials

Yardage: 150 (220, 240) yards [137 (201, 219.5) meters] of worsted weight yarn

Samples knit out of Malabrigo Rios in Lavanda 066 for child size (210 yards/192 meters; 100% merino); Swans Island Pure Blends Worsted in Seasmoke YW221 for adult S/M (250 yards/229 meters; 85% organic merino wool, 15% alpaca); Swans Island Natural Colors Merino Worsted in Sky Blue YW206 for the adult L/XL (250 yards/229 meters; 100% organic merino wool)


Gauge

24 sts / 29 rounds over 1x1 rib = 4 inches, unblocked on smaller needles
20.5 sts / 28 rounds over Modified Slouchy Rib = 4 inches, unblocked and unstretched on larger needles



Needles

US 7 (4.5mm) 16- or 20-inch circular or two sizes smaller than needle used to get gauge
US 9 (5.5mm) 16- or 20-inch circular or size needed to get gauge
US 9 (5.5mm) DPNs for decreases or size needed to get gauge

Note: If you prefer the Magic Loop method, a 32- or 40- inch circular is needed in both the US 7 (4.5mm) and US 9 (5.5mm), or sizes needed to get gauge.

Notions

Pom-pom maker (optional)
Scissors
3 split-stitch markers
2 stitch markers
Tape measure
Yarn/tapestry needle

Sizing

Child (Adult S/M, Adult L/XL)
Circumference to fit: 18 – 20 (20 – 22, 22 – 24) inches


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