The cloche hat was knit in 100% wool, purled throughout, except for one knit row between the cream border and the variegated, on a size US 7 circular needle, starting with a 16" circular for the ribbing. the yarn is "Tapestry" by Purl Essence in the color: forest. The colors definitely remind me of a forest. This yarn is 30%% wool/70% acrylic, which gives it a soft and pliable texture. Gauge: 15 stitches x 19 rows = 4" on a size 10 needle. The ribbing was made with two strands of Sheepish cream yarn (70%acrylic/30% wool). I tend to make my headgear (or any other item that actually touches my bare skin) is a wool blend, due to sensitivity.
The pattern worked out better than I had anticipated in that the ribbed edge actually turned naturally, so that there is a rolled edge before the white band. I was quite pleased with the final outcome. The easy-knit pattern will be available soon on Ravelry. I can't wait to share this first pattern. You can find it at:
The beauty of a k2, p2 stocking cap pattern is that any size head will fit into a cap, depending on the number of stitches you cast on. From an infant to a large man's head shape, everyone is covered, figuratively. During this time of dismal weather, when the rain and wind are whipping at your face, or snow flurries are turning your hair follicles to icycles, a simple hat made from warm fibers is very well received and used. And, stocking caps make wonderful gifts for Christmas. Make one in red for yourself, and one in green for your man. In fact, color changes throughout the pattern can be very striking, as in a red and green striped cap.
Generally, my standard stocking caps begin with the long-tail cast-on method, which my grandmother taught me to do, over 50 years ago. this method will produce a right side facing finished edge, with the next row facing being a wrong side. The number of stitches to cast on
On row 2 (WS) the pattern begins with a p2, knit 2 pattern to the It's still my favorite style of casting on stitches, as the right
whether or not you prefer a turned up brim) is very traditional, especially