Two Roads Hat ~ Free Pattern!

First off, the winner of the free “Lucille” pattern and $25.00 gift certificate to Spirit Trail Fiberworks is Pam, “usmawife” on Ravelry. Congratulations, Pam! Please email me at info@spirit-trail.net so we can get your prizes to you!

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Two Roads Hat in Spirit Trail Vesta, Spanish Tile. Modeled by my lovely daughter, Caragh.

Two Roads Hat took a while to get from my needles out into the world, mostly because I need to do a better job writing down what I do as I knit. Trying to translate my scribble-scrabble after the fact is ridiculous, and I was so mistrustful that I knit the hat 4 times and then knit the crown decreases again just to be sure I had it all correct.

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I like this black and white photo; it shows the pattern so well

I really had fun designing and knitting this hat. My family liked it so much that now we all have one (at last night’s frigid soccer game we were the Matching Hat Family). My husband Brett does not like rolled brims (he thinks they look girly, although I don’t agree with him in the slightest). So, for those who don’t like folded brims, there’s a brimless option in the pattern.

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Brett in his brimless version, knit in Spirit Trail Vesta in The Witching Hour

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Jackson in a rolled brim version in The Witching Hour

This hat takes anywhere from 100 to 160 yards of Vesta, depending on the version and the size knit. So, it’s a great pattern to use up leftover yarn (if you only have bits, see the two-color version below for another option).

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Two-color version, in Spanish Tile & The Witching Hour

I’m also working on a cowl and mittens to go with it, for a matching set of accessories that uses a whole skein (no leftovers makes me happy).

Here’s the pattern (it’s also available as a PDF over on Ravelry, where I’ve also posted lots more photos):

TWO ROADS HAT
Designed by Jennifer Tepper Heverly
for Spirit Trail Fiberworks

Yarn: Spirit Trail Fiberworks’ Vesta (100% superfine merino, bulky weight), 210g, 300 yards per skein (Hats shown in: The Witching Hour (gray), Spanish Tile (orange), & Celestial (blue/lavender) )

Needles: US 9 and US 10

Gauge: 16 stitches over 4 inches, in cable pattern, blocked

Sizes: S/M [up to 21” circumference, with negative ease] and L/XL [22”+ with negative ease]

Yards: Brimless (both sizes): 100 yards
Brim, S/M: 140 yards
Brim, L/XL: 160 yards

*A note on sizes: for the brim hat, the small will fit most people snugly; I have a 21” circumference and knit the large size for myself because I prefer my hats not too snug (so I don’t end up with a bad case of Hat Head). For the brimless hat, go with the size that most closely corresponds to what you typically knit for your size as it has less give without the roll-up brim.

Definitions:
SL1wyf: Slip one as if to purl, with yarn in front
SL1wyb: Slip one as is to knit, with yarn in back
P1tbl: Purl one through the back loop
SSK: Slip two stitches from the left needle onto right hand needle, slip left hand needle into the front of both stitches, knit them together
C2: Cable two stitches by holding first stitch in front of work, knitting next stitch and then knitting first stitch
SL2KP2: Slip 2 stitches from left needle to right, knit the next stitch, pass the 2 slipped stitches over the knitted stitch (double centered decrease)
K2TOG: knit two stitches together

PATTERN:

Cast on 80 stitches for S/M and 90 stitches for L/XL

For brimless hat, cast on stitches with US Size 10 needles and join in the round and immediately begin cable hat pattern below. Knit 7” (or desired depth) and then continue with crown shaping below.

For brim hat, cast on stitches on US Size 9 needles and join in the round, begin brim pattern:

Brim Pattern:

Row 1: [P2, K1, SL1wyf*, K1], continue [ ] to end of row
Row 2: [P2, K1, P1tbl, K1], continue [ ] to end of row

Knit 3” or to desired depth for brim (keeping in mind that part of the brim will be folded behind it to hide the pattern transition).

Switch to US Size 10 needles and begin cable hat pattern:

Hat Cable Pattern:

Row 1: [K2, P1, SL1wyb, P1], continue [ ] to end of row
Row 2: [K2, P1, K1, P1], continue [ ] to end of row
Row 3: [K2, P1, SL1wyb, P1], continue [ ] to end of row
Row 4: [C2, P1, K1, P1], continue [ ] to end of row Repeat these 4 rows for 5” (or desired depth of hat), ending on Row 4.

Decrease for Crown:

For Size S/M:

Row 1: [k2tog, P1, SL1wyb, P1, K2, P1, SL1wyb, P1], contine [ ] to end of row
Row 2: [K1, P1, K1, P1, K2, P1, K1, P1], contine [ ] to end of row
Row 3: [SL1wyb, P1, SL1wyb, P1, SSK, P1, SL1, P1], repeat [ ] to end of row
Row 4: [K1, P1], repeat [ ] to end of row
Row 5: SL1wyb, [SL2KP2, SL1, P1, SL1], continue [ ] to last 3 stitches, SL2KP2
Row 6: [K3, P1], repeat to [ ] to last two stitches, K2
Row 7: [SL2KP2, P1], repeat [ ] to last two stitches, K2TOG
Row 8: [K1, P1] repeat [ ] to last stitch, K1
Row 9: [SL2KP2], continue [ ] to end of row

Cut yarn, pull through remaining stitches and snug up tight, weaving end inside of hat.

For Size L/XL:

Row 1: [k2tog, P1, SL1wyb, P1, K2, P1, SL1wyb, P1], continue [ ] to end of row
Row 2: [K1, P1, K1, P1, K2, P1, K1, P1], continue [ ] to end of row
Row 3: [SL1wyb, P1, SL1wyb, P1, SSK, P1, SL1, P1], repeat [ ] to end of row
Row 4: [K1, P1], repeat [ ] to end of row
Row 5: SL1wyb, [SL2KP2, SL1, P1, SL1], continue [ ] to last 2 stitches, SL1, P1
Row 6: [K3, P1], repeat to [ ] to last two stitches, K2
Row 7: [SL2KP2, P1], repeat [ ] to end of row
Row 8: [K1, P1] repeat [ ] to end of row
Row 9: [SL2KP2], continue [ ] to end of row, K1

Cut yarn, pull through remaining stitches and snug up tight, weaving end inside of hat.

Copyright 2016, Spirit Trail Fiberworks.

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Two-color version in Spanish Tile & The Witching Hour, and brimmed hat in Celestial

 

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coloring inside and outside the lines, all the time.
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One Response to Two Roads Hat ~ Free Pattern!

  1. stitchalong says:

    Thank you for the lovely hat pattern. It will be lovely for my DIL, along with the matching accessories that you are working on. I love cables they add that special touch.

    Liked by 1 person

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