May 2007

Ada June

by Stephanie Salomone

This hat is made flat using the intarsia technique and then seamed together. The felted flower and fabric-covered button are added as finishing touches. The pattern has the same number of stitches per row regardless of size, so size alterations are made by changing the gauge of your work. Since the hat is made from cotton yarn, it provides just the right amount of warmth on a spring day.

Difficulty level

Intermediate

Sizes

S (M, L)
Circumference 16 (18, 20)" [40.5 (45.5, 51) cm], unstretched

Materials

Size S:

MC: Cascade Yarns Sierra (80% cotton, 20% wool; 191 yd [175 m] per 100 g), color #10, 1 skein
CC1: Sierra, color #45, 1 skein
CC2: Cascade Yarns 128 (100% wool; 128 yd [117 m] per 100 g), color #7818, 1 skein

US 6 [4 mm] needles

Size M:

MC: Cascade Yarns Pima Tencel (50% cotton, 50% Tencel; 109 yd [100 m] per 50 g), color #4084, 1 skein
CC1: Pima Tencel, color #3183, 1 skein
CC2: Cascade Yarns 220 (100% wool; 220 yd [201 m] per 100 g), color #9444, 1 skein

US 8 [5 mm] needles

Size L:

MC: Plymouth Yarns Fantasy Naturale (100% mercerized cotton; 140 yd [128 m] per 100 g), color #5228, 1 skein
CC1: Fantasy Naturale, color #3077, 1 skein
CC2: Brown Sheep Company Lamb's Pride Bulky (85% wool, 15% mohair; 125 yd [114 m] per 113 g), color M38 Lotus Pink, 1 skein

US 8 [5 mm] needles

All sizes:

US 13 [9 mm] needles
stitch markers
tapestry needle
sewing needle and thread
bobbins for intarsia
1 half-ball cover button and 2" [5 cm] square of fabric, or any 1" [25 mm] diameter button

Gauges

Size S: 20 sts and 28 rows = 4" [10 cm] in stockinette with size 6 [4 mm] needles

Size M: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4" [10 cm] in stockinette with size 8 [5 mm] needles

Size L: 16 sts and 20 rows = 4" [10 cm] in stockinette with size 8 [5 mm] needles

Felted flower

When making the felt for the flower on top, gauge is not important. Be sure to knit loosely so that felting can occur. If you are knitting with a worsted weight yarn (like Cascade 220), you may hold two strands together to make a thicker, more durable felt.

Using size 13 [9 mm] needles and CC2, CO 35 sts. Work in st st until piece measures 15 inches. BO.

Place the rectangle inside a lingerie bag or knotted pillowcase. Set washing machine to a normal (high agitation) cycle with hot water, followed by a cold rinse, and choose the lowest water level. Add a small amount of detergent, the lingerie bag or pillowcase, and some old jeans to aid in agitation. Start the wash cycle. Check on the rectangle periodically, and remove when stitches have disappeared and fabric is dense and firm. (You will likely have to run the cycle two or three times to achieve this.) When felting is complete, lay rectangle flat to dry, or run once through a dryer on a low setting, which will cause a little more shrinkage.

Cut out flower for the top of the hat, following the outline in the chart section, below. Use a photocopier to increase the size of the flower pattern until the line below it measures 4 inches (or desired size).

Hat

With appropriate needles and CC1, CO 82 sts. Change to MC.
Row 1 (WS): P1, *p1, k1; rep from * to last st, p1.
Row 2 (RS): K1, *k1, p1; rep from * to last st, k1.
Repeat rows 1-2 twice more.
Work in stockinette until piece measures 4 (5, 6)" [10 (13, 15) cm] from beg, ending with a WS row. On the last row, place markers as follows: P1, *pm, p16; rep from * 4 times more, pm, p1. (This sets up the piece for the repeats on the intarsia pattern, which occur every 16 sts.)

Make 6 bobbins of MC (approx. 5 yd [4.5 m] each) and 5 bobbins of CC1 (approx. 20 yd [18 m] each).
Work intarsia following the chart. Use a new bobbin for each block of color.
When chart is finished, cut yarn leaving a long tail for seaming, thread through remaining sts and pull tight.

Finishing

Weave in ends and then seam side of hat using mattress stitch.
Cover button with fabric and snap pieces together securely.
Using sewing needle and thread, attach felt flower to top of hat, and then sew button to center of felted flower.

Designer

Stephanie took up knitting during the final stages of writing her dissertation, since it seemed like a good time to learn a time-consuming hobby. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband John, and their cats, Jake and Abby. During the day, she is a professor of mathematics at the University of Portland. At night, she knits. And knits, and knits and knits. She can stop whenever she wants to. Really, she can.

This is her first published pattern.

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