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Lazy Wind Blocker Hat

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Have you heard the expression “a lazy wind”? It refers to when it feels like the wind goes right through you instead of blowing around you (hence it being lazy!). I designed this hat for just such a day. It is knit at a tighter tension than the one given on the yarn label to result in a denser, more wind resistant fabric to combat cold winter winds. The simple colorwork motifs contain no long floats making this an ideal first stranded colorwork project.

Description

Method: This stranded colorwork hat is knit in the round from the brim up. Featuring easy to memorise snowflake and “wind” patterns it can be worked in three or more contrasting colors and topped off with a fluffy pompom.

The colorwork motifs in this pattern are both charted and written out. You do not need to be comfortable working from charts in order to enjoy knitting this design!

Size: This pattern is written in 4 sizes, XS, S, M, and L. The pattern contains 4 pdfs; each pdf contains the complete instructions for one size.

Sizing has 1.5” – 2.5” (3.75 – 6 cm) of negative ease built in, so choose a size 1.5” – 2.5” (3.75 – 6 cm) smaller than the head circumference of the intended wearer.

Size

Finished Hat Circumference

Suggested Age
XS 16” 41 cm Toddler/Child
S 18” 46 cm Teen/ Women’s S
M 20” 51 cm Women’s M- L/ Men’s S
L 22” 56 cm Men’s M – L

Yarn: This pattern works well with three solid colors of DK yarn. I used Cygnet Pure Wool Superwash DK which states a tension of 19 stitches and 26 rows for a 10 cm (4 inches) square using 3.25-4mm needles on the label. If substituting yarn look for one with a similar gauge/tension given on the label to achieve the same fabric density.

I have chosen to use a 100% wool yarn because the resulting fabric “breathes” better than an acrylic yarn would – this helps your head not overheat as you warm up when you’re out and about.
Please note I do not recommend using yarns with a high cotton content as cotton doesn’t stretch as much as other fibers and this will affect the fit of your hat.

The amounts of each color required will depend on how many colors you pick, where you choose to use them, and which size you knit. As a guide for size S in three colors (hat pictured) I used the following:
MC – Cygnet Pure Wool Superwash DK 592 Claret approx. 190 metres (208 yards)
CC1 – Cygnet Pure Wool Superwash DK 4323 Duck Egg approx. 25 metres (27 yards)
CC2 – Cygnet Pure Wool Superwash DK 208 White approx. 15 metres (16 yards)

Gauge: 24 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) over colorwork pattern.

Needles:
4mm dpns, long circular for magic loop, or short circular (in which case you will still need dpns to work the crown decreases) or size needed for gauge.
3.5mm dpns, long circular for magic loop or short circular for knitting brim.

Other Materials Required:
Stitch Markers
Pompom
Small button (if attaching pompom with elastic loop)
Tape Measure
Scissors
Darning needle for sewing in ends

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