November 24, 2012

Scant, a free pattern!

Scant in handspun

Happy holidays!  I have a gift to you all, a free hat pattern!  It all started when I offered to knit my brother any accessory he wanted for his birthday, and he requested a plain “brown beanie”.  Well, if you know me, you know I wasn’t exactly excited about the thought of this project… but I decided to use it as an opportunity.

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While making this plain, brown beanie, I wrote it up as an any-gauge pattern for you!  It serves as both an easy, simple pattern for a basic hat, perfect for using up a single skein of a special yarn, like this one, made from this handspun that I’d been saving for just the right project:

Scant in handspun

And also as a good introduction to any-gauge patterns.  I know my patterns for any weight yarn can be intimidating to some knitters, who have only had experience with traditional patterns, but this basic hat pattern may serve to show that it’s not difficult to use an any-gauge pattern.  And it’s fun to pick out any yarn you want to use, and then make a custom fit item with it!

Scant in handspun

This twisted rib brimmed hat is knit from the top down, so you don’t need to make a gauge swatch.  You just started working outwards, and measure your gauge when you have enough fabric to do so, then determine your stitch count using that, and your own head measurement, continuing on to your ideal height.

Scant in handspun

The pattern is all on my website itself (something new I wanted to try out), and the notes include sizing info for gift knitting, and for making either a fitted or slouchy style.  I’ll stop talking about the pattern now, since you can just click over to see the whole thing for yourself.  And it’s on ravelry here.  Enjoy!!

Scant in handspun

Filed under: hats,knitting — leethal @ 3:35 pm
  • M Figueroa

    Thank you. Happy Holidays to you too!

  • Julie

    I love the look of the top of the hat and I’m intrigued by the ability to use any weight yarn! Thanks for this. I’m going to give it a try!

  • Emma-Lisa

    Oh, your hair colour is amazing. I’m planning for mine to look sort of the same. What did you use?

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