Knitting project: Bernat Alpaca

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I recently completed this Tomato (93531) Bernat Alpaca hat. The difference between the pattern and my method is that I used circular needles, so no sewing required. If you want to knit this the same way, remember that there is no need to purl to achieve the stockinette. The pattern is free, but you have to become a Bernat member, which is also free.

This was actually one of the very first projects I picked up when I started circular knitting. As I was just learning, I screwed up the first time and followed the pattern, which is for flat knitting. This meant that the stitches looked awful, almost like the garter stitch, but worse. I also find knitting patterns to be somewhat cryptic, so even on my second go at this hat, I’m not sure I completed it exactly as it was written. I did what looked ok and I would try it on to ensure I had enough rows.

 

Materials:

  • 1 ball of Bernat Alpaca yarn in 93531 Tomato (100 g/3.5 oz; 110 m/120 yds)
  • Circular needle: No. 10 (6 mm), 16 in/41 cm
  • 5 dpn: No. 10 (6 mm)
  • 1 cable needle

My Steps:
Cast on 73 sts.
Work 1½ ins [4 cm] in (K1. P1) ribbing, RS facing outwards.
Next row: (RS-Inc row). K3. *M1. K2. M1. K3. Rep from * to end of row. 101 sts.
Purl 1 row.
1st row: K5. *Slip next 4 sts onto a cable needle and leave at front of work. K4, then K4 from cable needle – C8F made. K4. Rep from * to end of row.
Knit 7 rows
9th row: K1. *Slip next 4 sts onto a cable needle and leave at back of work. K4, then K4 from cable needle – C8B made. K4. Rep from * to last 4 sts. K4.
Knit 7 rows
Rep 1st to 9th rows once more.
Next row: Knit.
Shape top: 1st row: K1. *K2tog. K3. Rep from * to end of row. 81 sts.
2nd and alt rows: Knit.
3rd row: K1. *K2tog. K2. Rep from * to end of row. 61 sts.
5th row: K1. *K2tog. K1. Rep from * to end of row. 41 sts.
7th row: K1. *K2tog. Rep from * to end of row. 21 sts.
8th row: Knit onto 4dpn (divide equally)
9th row: *K2tog. Rep from * to end of row. K1. 11 sts.
Move all stitches to single DPN. Break yarn, leaving a long end. Thread yarn through eye of a sewing needle. Starting from the last stitch, move all stitches onto sewing needle and pull the yarn tail through. Here is the best example of finishing a hat.

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