Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Lady Jodie Vintage Hat

The hat theme for the November 2009 Hat! Hats! Hats! group on Ravelry.com was vintage hats. I couldn't decide what I wanted to do. Cloche? Turban? So I came up with this hat, a combination of both styles. I particularly like the accent at the face edge. It looks sort of art deco-ish to me. The hat is knit flat, seamed and the stitches for the top are picked up and knit in the round. Then the i-cord accent is added. It is pretty quick and easy to make, thanks to the bulky weight yarn. I named this hat after my friend Jodie from my knitting group, the Loopy Ladies.

I'm not sure how adept I am at writing patterns, so bear with these directions and let me know if something is wrong or confusing.

Lady Jodie Hat

100-110 yards bulky yarn (I used a little less than 1 skein Misti Alpaca Chunky)
size 10 needles, straight and double point
yarn needle
decorative button or brooch

Gauge: 4 stitches per inch.
Side Crown:
Cast on 23 stitches (for a taller forehead, cast on 26 stitches)
Row 1: *Knit 2, purl 1*, knit 2.
Row 2: *Purl 2, knit 1*, purl 2.
Repeat rows 1 & 2 until piece measures 21 inches. (Or longer/shorter, depending on how large the wearer's head is. It should be a half inch or so smaller than the wearer's actual head measurement).
Cast off.
Seam the sides together using mattress stitch (instructions here) or whatever stitch you prefer.

Top Crown:

Using double point needles, pick up 16 stitches on each of 4 needles along the top edge for a total of 64 stitches. If the side crown was knit longer than 22 inches, pick up 17 stitches per needle, knit rows 1 & 2, and decrease one extra time like this: knit 7, knit 2 together. Then continue with Row 3
Row 1: Knit every stitch
Row 2 and every even row until row 16: Knit every stitch
Row 3: Knit 6, knit 2 together. Repeat. 56 stitches left
Row 5: Knit 5, knit 2 together. Repeat. 48 stitches left
Row 7: Knit 4, knit 2 together. Repeat. 40 stitches left
Row 9: Knit 3, knit 2 together. Repeat. 32 stitches left
Row 11: Knit 2, knit 2 together. Repeat. 24 stitches left
Row 13: Knit 1, knit 2 together. Repeat. 16 stitches left
Row 15: Knit 2 together. 8 stitches left
Row 16: Knit 2 together. 4 stitches left.
Cut yarn, draw tail through the stitches using a yarn needle. Fasten off on inside of hat.

I Cord and Embellishment:

At top of seam in side crown pick up 8 stitches vertically.
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: Purl 2 together, knit 4, purl 2 together.
Row 5: Knit
Row 6: Purl 2 together, knit 2, purl 2 together
Row 7: Knit
Begin I-cord. make I-cord for 11 inches.
Embelishment Part 1: (this is worked in stockinette until last couple rows)
Row 1: purl
Row 2: Knit front and back, knit 2, knit front and back. 6 stitches
Row 3: purl
Row 4: Knit front and back, knit 4, knit front and back. 8 stitches
Row 5: purl
Row 6: Knit front and back, knit 1, knit front and back, knit 2, knit front and back, knit 1, knit front and back. 12 stitches
Row 7: knit
Row 8: knit
Cast off.
Embellishment Part 2: (this is worked in stockinette until last couple rows)
On the back of Row 3 from the first embellishment pick up 6 stitches.
Row 1: Purl
Row 2: Knit front and back, knit 4 knit front and back. 8 stitches
Row 3: Purl
Row 4: Knit front and back, knit front and back, knit 4, knit front and back, knit front and back. 10 stitches
Row 5: Purl
Row 6: Knit front and back, knit front and back, knit 1, knit front and back, knit 3, knit front and back, knit 1, knit front and back. 15 stitches
Row 7: Purl
Row 8: Knit front and back, knit 5, knit front and back, knit 1, knit front and back, knit 5, knit front and back. 19 stitches.
Row 9: Purl
Row 10: Knit front and back, knit 7, knit front and back, knit 1, knit front and back, knit 7, knit front and back. 22 stitches.
Row 11: Knit
Row 12: Knit
Cast off.

Finishing the Hat:

Weave in ends.

Lay the I-Cord so it slants diagonally accross the hat from the top front to the opposite bottom of hat. Tack the embellishment down so it hangs a little over the bottom edge of the hat. Also tack down the I-Cord in a few places. Add a button or brooch.


Chucklenugget said...

I love this hat--this is wonderful! What a great pattern--thanks for posting this! :)

Ronni said...

Thanks for making this pattern available. You have saved my holiday knitting sanity.

Unknown said...

Your hats are very beautiful. Unfortunately, I can't knit due to my arthritis but I wish I could, because I really love your hats. You should consider selling them for people like me :-)


Anonymous said...

How do you make the I cord for this hat pattern?

Anonymous said...

It's the coldest Jan for forty years in Sheffield England, so I decided to make myself a hat out of some spare wool that I had. I saw your hat and thought that it looked cute. It took me five hours to make, which passed away some boring hours of not being able to go out.When I showed it to my daughter in law she begged me to let her have it and when I wore it to work the following day, five people said it was lovely and asked me where i had got it from. Thanks for sharing the pattern with us .

Chrysta the Cursed said...

I am so pleased that people are enjoying this hat pattern. I think it's really cute! :)

For i cord instructions, here is a really nifty video from youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcGj6tpqeJA

Anonymous said...

love this hat, but row 4 on the embellishment part 2, there are one to many knit front and backs at each end. when knitted i ended up with 12 stiches instead of 10. thank you for sharing your pattern :-)

Jen said...

Thank you SOOOO much for this pattern. I've been looking for a cool hat for my daughter (21) who is very sick and is losing her hair. She wants a 'non granny' hat to cover up with on non wig days and I think this will fit the bill beautifully. I have some Aran weight cotton i'm going to try it in as she can't wear wool. Once again, THANKS!

Anonymous said...

Marvelous pattern! Almost makes me wish I lived somewhere where wearing a hat made sense!

Julie M said...

Knitted this hat for my cousin last xmas & she absolutely loved it!! Have recommended to a friend & knitting myself one for this winter. Thanks for sharing

LovelyLauren said...

Could you post a picture with the other side of the embellishment shown? I'm confused as to what the 2nd part of the embellishment is supposed to look like.

Also, I had the same problem on row four of the embellishment in part 2 where I ended up with 12 stitches instead of 10.