Peargirl Great GrandSun Hat
designed this cotton sun hat for my great-grandson, Damien, a fair-skinned red head, to give him some protection from the sun during the summer months. I developed a Slipped Stitch Diagonal Rib, slipping stitches for 2 rows before twisting the cables. I then modified “Little Birds” from Harmony Guides Knit & Purl for the body of the hat. As I was getting ready to shape the crown, Fiftyfifty Shell by Laura Cunitz was published in the Knitty Spring/Summer 2014 issue, and her slipped stitch decreases caught my eye. So I used her technique, but instead slipped stitches for 2 rows below each decrease to elongate the stitches even further as in the tiny cables. This little hat is like a day at the beach, with waves circling the brim, gulls flying above, and a starfish resting on top, and has a snug fit to stay on when the wind blows.
Small 15”, (Medium 17.5”, Large 20”, Ex-Large 22.5”) head circumference.
Materials: Tahki Cotton Classic (108 yds/50 g) –1 skein for Small, 2 skeins for Medium, Large and Ex-Large. An additional skein is needed if you want to make a contrast color band (see photo on page 4). ♥ Needles ~ 3.75mm (US #5) 16” circular needle and one set of 3.75mm (#5 US) double point needles (DPN), or appropriate size to achieve gauge.
♥ One Cable Needle
♥ Stitch Marker
♥ Tapestry needle for weaving in ends.
Gauge: 22 sts per 4” in Little Birds Pattern Stitch, after steaming- see Body of Hat for stitch pattern, using 3.75mm (#5 US) needles in the round, or appropriate size to achieve gauge.