Quick unrelated note for if you’re reading this post when it’s new: The Indie Design Gift-a-Long just started, and it runs through the end of the year; you can get 20 of my patterns for 25% off through November 27th. See the GAL ravelry group for details (and to see patterns by all 335 participating designers!) and check out my gift-a-long bundle on my designer page to see my on-sale patterns; ALL my patterns are eligible for gift-a-long knitting!!
And now for the final of my 3 In Triplicate patterns: Directrix the 1-color hat. (The first two were Transversal 2-color wrap, blogged here, and Incenter 3-color mittens, blogged here, and the full 9-pattern collaborative collection was blogged here.) Directrix is a really fun modular knit, with a squishy garter stitch base.
It works well with a pom-pom, which you can use to add a pop of some other color(s) if you want to!
We had fun putting different pom-poms on all the In Triplicate hats – we made a bunch and let all the hats try on different ones during the photoshoot. (See Line Segment and Lemma hats to see all the poms!)
Directrix is sized to be able to pull it down for maximum ear/forehead warmth, or to wear more slouched back, which works great with a pom-pom. The height is totally adjustable, if you want to add more slouch height, or subtract a bit of height so it wears more fitted to the head. And the circumference has three sizes – my sample is a size medium.
Since the bottom chevron section is worked sideways, you can try it on around your head to know when you’ve reached your ideal size, stretching it more if you want a snug fit, or stretching less if you want a looser, slouchier kind of fit.
The chevron pattern is made with increases and decreases, to make the bias garter stitch base, and slipped stitches to make the raised chevron lines – no cables, just slips! You’ll pull the yarn tightly across the back when slipping to make the stitches pop up off the base like that. Using a semi-solid kind of colorway is ideal, so that the color shows the movement of the garter stitch lines, going the opposite way from the chevron lines.
The hat is made modularly with no picked up stitches or seaming! Start with a provisional cast-on, work the sideways section with stitches left along the top edge for later; when you reach your size, close it up with a 3-needle bind-off, then work around those top edge stitches, and in the round from there up to the top.
I had some extra leftovers of my In Triplicate yarns, so I decided to make another Directrix in multiple colors, as an experiment – I think it worked out very well! I added pink and yellow stripes to the grey base in the first section: rows 29&4 in pink, rows 5&6 in yellow, and rows 7&8 in pink, on every repeat. I weaved (wove?) in the ends as I knit, to prevent so much ends-weaving finishing work.
And then I switched every row between grey and pink throughout the body and crown sections – the all-knit rows in grey, and the rows with purls in pink. (All these notes are in my ravelry project page, in case you want to use them later.) I took a few quickie snapshots after blocking it:
This is the size large, so it’s comfortably loose on me, but not too big, since it’s nicely stretchy. If you want a REALLY large size hat, I’d recommend going up to worsted/aran weight, since this large size in DK weight is not super large. (Pattern includes sizing/measurement info.)
I love how the crown looks in the 2 colors. As you can see, it can be worn more pulled down, or more slouched back, but I think it would really benefit from a pom-pom weighing it down a bit in the slouched back position. I might need to add one!
So that’s Directrix, and that concludes my In Triplicate blog posts! I also posted a mini-tumblr-post here about yarn trio choices; and you can see the Blue Moon Fiber Arts post about the collection here, and Shannon’s posts here (whole collection) and here (her patterns)!
Oh but wait, now that you’ve seen everything, a little more about yarn-usage. With my 3 skeins of Blue Moon Gaea Sport, I made my 3 sample items + the extra Directrix (all below), plus those 3 big pom-poms pictured above, plus I had enough left of the pink for another hat, and a good chunk still left over (more pom-poms?). That’s A LOT of items out of 3 skeins of yarn (they are large skeins!).
You get 10% off your order of 3 skeins of the yarn when you buy the collection, in your choice of any 3 colors (see lots of gorgeous options here – some of my favorites are shown below) through January; use the 3 skeins to make up to EIGHT of the In Triplicate patterns! The collection includes some spreadsheets of different ways you can maximize your yarn if you want to nerd out with planning your projects. You can also just start knitting, and keep making project after project after project until it runs out. Be adventurous with adding stripes to things or using multiple colors in different ways in order to truly maximize every last bit!
Our In Triplicate holiday knit-a-long (in the ravelry group) will begin in December, so get your yarn ready, share your color choices with the group, and post your projects to win prizes later on! (You can totally make In Triplicate projects for the gift-a-long and cross-post them to the In Triplicate KAL!) I can’t wait to see your color choices!!