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Sideways-Surprise Hat

Knit a variegated hat from side to side with one skein of yarn.

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Knitted unconventionally from side to side and shaped with short rows (more rows worked at the brim edge, fewer at the top), this super-easy garter-stitch hat is knitted from a single skein of bulky variegated yarn. The long stretches of color in this particular yarn, Ambrosia from Tahki, creates attractive vertical striping. Other than joining the (provisional) cast-on row to the last row of knitting with Kitchener stitch, there is no finishing. Simply tie the narrow end into an overhand knot, roll up the wide end to form a brim, and, surprise, you're done!
Finished Size: About 20 1/2" (52 cm) circumference. To fit an adult head.
Yarn: Tahki Ambrosia Slim (100% wool; 220 yd [201 m]/100g): 1 skein. Shown in #665 green, #667 fuchsia, and #668 purple. Small amount of waste yarn.
Yarn weight: #4 - Medium
Gauge: 7 sts and 14 rows = 2" (5 cm) in garter stitch.
Needles: Size 8 (5 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Size H/8 (4.75 mm) crochet hook; tapestry needle.
Originally Published: Interweave Knits Winter 2000/2001

SKU: EP1019

Author/Speaker/Editor: Susan Douglas

Format: eProject

Customer Reviews

easy to knit - with help Review by Linda Chelmow

Although the hat is an easy and fast knitting project, it does include three unusual stitches I had to go to YouTube to learn: crochet cast on, short rows, and Kitchener stitch. None of these are hard, but they are not basic stitches. I had to learn the cast on stitch to start, stop knitting to learn the short row, and then learn the kitchener. Thank god for YouTube.

(Posted on 11/27/11)