Golden Pear

 
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Golden Pear is a sweet little baby hat I put together for a friend after being inspired by the colours currently in my knitting basket. As I knit samples for our booth at the upcoming Stitches West show I’ve noticed I’ve been on a bit of a colour theme. Lately I haven’t been able to get enough of the crisp greens, golden yellows and spicy oranges. Golden Pear will be on display throughout Stitches West in our booth (#1041 & 1043).

I hope you enjoy this free pattern and I look forward to seeing the many colour combinations you’re sure to come up with.

S U P P L I E S

Yarn

Sweet Fiber Cashmerino Worsted (Colour 1: Moss, Colour 2: Ecru, Colour 3: Spanish Coin)

You will need 3 colours of a worsted weight yarn. I used leftovers for mine, when finished the hat weighs approximately 30 grams. That works out to be about 50 meters / 55 yards in total divided over the three colours with more for colours 1 & 3 and less for colour 2.

Gauge

20 sts and 28 rows over 4 inches / 10 cm in Stockinette stitch in the round using larger needles, lightly blocked.

Size

To fit: 11.5 inch / 29 cm to 14 inch / 36 cm head circumferences

Finished Measurements: 11.5 inch / 29 cm circumference, 5 1/4 inch / 13cm long

If you would like to adjust the size of the hat, do so in multiples of 8 stitches.

Needles

4mm / US 6 circular needle (16 inch) or DPNS

4.5mm / US 7 circular needle (16 inch) and DPNS

Notions

1 stitch marker

darning needle

Techniques

Colour stranding (Knitty tutorial & more information)

Icord (Purl Bee tutorial)

I N S T R U C T I O N S

RIBBING

Using colour 1 and smaller needles cast on 64 sts. Place marker and join in round.

Ribbing: [K1, P1] repeat to end of round.

Repeat Ribbing until piece measures 1 inch / 2.5cm from cast on edge.

BODY

Change to larger needles.

Section One:

Using colour 1 knit 4 rounds in stockinette stitch (approx 1/2 inch / 1.25cm).

Section Two:

Round 1: [K1 with colour 2, K1 with colour 1] repeat to end of round.

Round 2: [K1 with colour 1, K1 with colour 2] repeat to end of round.

Repeat Rounds 1 & 2 a total of 2 times.

Section Three:

Using colour 2 knit 4 rounds in stockinette stitch (approx 1/2 inch / 1.25cm).

Section Four:

Round 1: [K1 with colour 2, K1 with colour 3] repeat to end of round.

Round 2: [K1 with colour 3, K1 with colour 2] repeat to end of round.

Repeat Rounds 1 & 2 a total of 2 times.

Section Five:

Using colour 3 knit 4 rounds in stockinette stitch (approx 1/2 inch / 1.25cm).

DECREASES

If using a circular needle change to dpns when there are too few stitches to continue.

Round 1: [K6, K2tog] repeat to end of round. (56 sts)

Rounds 2,4,6,8,10,12: Knit all stitches.

Round 3: [K5, K2tog] repeat to end of round. (48 sts)

Round 5: [K4, K2tog] repeat to end of round. (40 sts)

Round 7: [K3, K2tog] repeat to end of round. (32 sts)

Round 9: [K2, K2tog] repeat to end of round. (24 sts)

Round 11: [K1, K2tog] repeat to end of round. (16 sts)

Round 13: [K2tog] repeat to end of round. (8 sts)

Round 14: [K2tog] repeat to end of round. (4 sts)

Using the 4 remaining stitches knit an icord that measures approximately 3 inches / 7.5cm in length (if using the Purl Bee tutorial the 4 sts would be your “cast on”). Once complete clip yarn leaving an 8 inch / 20.5 cm tail, using a darning needle thread tail through the remaining 4 stitches and pull tight. Thread the tail through the base of the icord so that the yarn is now on the wrong side, pull tight (this will cause your icord to form a loop) and secure on the wrong side of the hat.

If you wish not to make an icord loop: clip yarn and thread the tail through the remaining 4 stitches, pull tight and secure on the wrong side of the hat.

Weave in ends, block hat as desired and clip ends.