Sunday, 23 October 2011

Asterisk Hat

A slouchy, easy-to-knit hat in two sizes. Decreases at the top form an asterisk shape. The hat pictured is in the larger size.

Asterisk hat free knitting pattern by Littletheorem, double moss stitch

Yarn:  Patons UK Wool Blend DK, 1 skein = 251m (you won’t use it all!)
Needles: 4 4mm dpns or 4mm 16” circular needle and 4 4mm dpns.
Gauge:  22sts and 30 rows = 4”
Dimensions: small = 18” around, 8” high, large = 20” around, 9” high.
Extras 3 stitch markers.
CO = cast on
k = knit
p = purl
sl = slip
k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
ssk= slip 2 stitches knitwise then knit them together with the lefthand needle
psso = pass slipped stitch over
pm = place marker

Asterisk hat free knitting pattern by Littletheorem, double moss stitch
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Double Moss Stitch Pattern:
Row 1: *k1 p1* to end of row.
Row 2: *k1 p1* to end of row.
Row 3: *p1 k1* to end of row.
Row 4: *p1 k1* to end of row.

Note: The directions for this pattern require you to use 4 (not 5!) dpns. The decreases at the top are worked in 6 segments, 2 on each dpn.
Cast on 102 (114) stitches, 34 (38) on each of your 3 dpns (if you’re using them).  Join in the round and place a marker for the beginning of the row if you’re using a circular needle.
Work in k2 p1 rib for 10 rows (or around 1½”). Now work in Double Moss Stitch until hat measures 6” (7”), ending on Row 3 of the Double Moss Stitch Pattern. Change to 4 dpns if you were using a circular needle, ensuring you have 34 (36) stitches on each of your 3 working needles.
Work set-up row: *p1, (k1 p1) 8 (9) times, pm, k1 (p1 k1) 8 (9) times, (you should be at the end of a needle)* to end of row.  You basically work row 4 of the Double Moss Stitch Pattern but place a marker in the middle of each dpn, i.e. after 17 (19) stitches. This divides your stitches into 6 segments for the decreases.
Now decrease as follows:

Row 1: (ssk k1 *p1 k1* to two stitches before marker, k2tog, slip marker, ssk p1 *k1 p1* to two stitches before end of dpn, k2tog ) three times, 12 stitches decreased.
Row 2: (k2 *p1 k1* to one stitch before marker, k1, slip marker, k1 p1 *k1 p1* to one stitch before end of dpn, k1) three times.
Repeat these two rows 6 (7) more times, you should have 18 stitches left.
Final Row: *sl1 k1 psso* to end of row. Cut the yarn leaving a 10'' tail. Thread this through the remaining stitches and pull tight. Sew over the hole a couple of times and weave in any loose ends. 

double moss stitch