Saturday, March 17, 2018

Il Giardiniere hat. Free pattern.

I knitted this hat for my father-in-law. He always  feels cold and spends a lot of time outside.
So I called it “The Gardener” in Italian. As you see, it looks also great on my daughter. It’s a simple unisex model.

The hat is knitted with Garnstudio DROPS Lima, shade dark grey. Approx. 1,8 skeins.
The gauge is 20sts x 26rows to 10 cm square measured over the purl stitches knitted with 6 mm needles.
You will need 4,5 mm and 6mm circular needles and 6 mm or smaller dpn needles for the top finishing (I used 5 mm as I didn’t have 6 mm), or other size to obtain the gauge.

Wtih 4,5 mm circular needles cast on 104 sts.
Knit 2x2 rib for 40 rows.
Change to 6 mm circular needles. Purl, adding 1 st after every 13 sts (raised purl increase). Now you have 112 sts.
Next 29 rounds: purl.
Now start the decreases.
Next round: (P5, ssp, p2tog, P5) 8 times
Next round: purl.
Next round: (P4, ssp, p2tog, P4) 8 times,
Next round: purl.
Next round: (P3, ssp, p2tog, P3) 8 times
Next round: purl.
Next round: (P2, ssp, p2tog, P2) 8 times
Next round: purl.
Next round: (P1, ssp, p2tog, P1) 8 times
Next round: purl
Next roound: Ssk8.
Next 4 rounds: K8.
Cut off the yarn, pass it through the ultimate 8 sts.
Weave in the ends.

La Marea cowl + Treehousehat

In the previous post you can find a free pattern for La Marea cowl.
A simple, versatile and easy to wear garment.
You can wear it solo, with a hat that repeats the color of one of the sections.
Or you can choose a contrast color, like this Treehouse hat I knitted for my daughter.
I knitted it like a test knit. My friend from Moscow asked me to knit this hat so I wanted to see how this pattern works with the yarn we chose.

I knitted it with Garnstudio DROPS Lima yarn. It is a bit thinner then required in pattern and I always prefer the hats with more positive ease. So I knitted 4 instead of 3 repeats of main pattern.
I made the 2×2 rib.
The crown is knitted also in different way (I used Il Giardiniere pattern, free pattern you can find in the following post).
You can find this project here on my ravelry page.

La Marea cowl. Free pattern.

Tomorrow is my birthday and I want to celebrate it publishing 2 free patterns. 
The first one is called La Marea cowl.
These year I decided to make knitted Christmas presents for my relatives. For a long time I had this idea to knit colorful cowls in textured stitches. And after several attempts this pattern was born. Easy, versatile,  you can wear it  "solo" or with any hat you have (see also my following posts). 
Marea means "high tide" in Italian. For the cowl that I knitted for me I chose these colors. Deep sea, verde acqua... It couldn't be called in another way... 
It is knitted with Garnstudio DROPS Lima yarn. I usually wear it with a hat from Cool Wool set designed by Ekaterina Blanchard. Knitted with Garnstudio DROPS Andes. 

It has 2 versions:
5-color knitted with 7 mm needles. The size is 130cm × 29cm. You will need approx. 0.8 skein of each color. The gauge is 18sts × 26rows to 10cm square.
4-color knitted with 6.5 mm needles. The size is 128 cm × 27cm. You will need 1 skein of every first color and approx. 1.2 skeins of the 4th color. The gauge is 19sts × 27rows to 10cm square.
You can easily change the size, the gauge, the number if colors, using this basic pattern.
With a waist yarn using provisional cast on method cast in 55 sts.
Knit the main pattern on central 49 sts starting and ending every row with i-cord edge (3 sts on each side):
Row 1: slip the first 2 sts in the right needle, yarn forward, P1, knit the main pattern untill the last 3 sts, P1, K3.
Row 2: slip the first 2 sts in the right needle, yarn forward, K1, knit the main pattern untill the last 3 sts, K4.
Main pattern: (4+1 sts × 4 rows):
Row 1: knit.
Row 2: (P1, K3) until the 4th st from the end, P1.
Row 3: knit.
Row 4: K2, (P1, K3) until the 5th st from the end, K2.
Knit the necessary number of main patterns until the ultimate WS row, undo the provisional cast on and sew the 1st RS row and ultimate RS row, following the pattern (grafting). Weave in the ends.
If you prefer the contrast edging, knit the cowl on 51 sts (main part +2 edge sts) and knit the attached i-cord with contrast yarn. In this case you will need 1 skein of contrast yarn. 
You can also knit the contrast  i-cord edging contemporaly with the main part. I will probably knit the next cowl (for my friend) in this way.

All the cowls above are knitted with 5 colors.
You can find these projects here:

This ultimate is 4-color version knitted for my daughter to wear with a Treehouse hat. More photos in the following post.
You can find this project here: