Adult Medium (22-inch head circumference/12-inch diameter)
Crystal Palace Yarns Merino 5 Solid (100% Superwash Merino Wool; 110 yards/100 meters per 50 gram skein); color: Black; 2 skeins
one set US4/3.5mm DPNs
one US4/3.5mm 16-inch circular needle
20 sts/28 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch on US4/3.5mm needles
Abbreviations and Stitches
K = knit
P = purl
K1b = knit one in back of stitch
M1p-i-b = make one by lifting the bar before the next stitch and purling into the back of it
P2tog = purl two together
K2tog-i-b = knit two together in back of stitches
I used a smaller-than-usual size needle to create the cushy fabric I was looking for—this one was for my mom, and she lives in Chicago, where it gets cold. Any woolly, worsted yarn will work in this pattern. If you can’t find Merino 5, try Berocco’s Pure Merino, as the composition and construction of the yarns are very similar.
Knitting in the back of a stitch
Knitting in the round
With circular needle cast on 108 stitches. Place marker and join to begin working in the round, being careful not to twist.
Rounds 1-6: [K1b, p1] to end.
Round 7: [K1b, p1, m1p-i-b] to end. 162 sts.
Rounds 8-13: [K1b, p2] to end.
Round 14: [K1b, p2, m1p-i-b] to end. 216 sts.
Rounds 15-20: [K1b, p3] to end.
Round 21: [K1b, p3, m1p-i-b] to end. 270 sts.
Rounds 22–27: [K1b, p4] to end.
Round 28: [K1b, p2, p2tog] to end. 216 sts.
Rounds 29–32: [K1, p3] to end.
Round 33: [K1b, p1, p2tog] to end. 162 sts.
Rounds 34–37: [K1b, p2] to end.
Round 38: [K1b, p2tog] to end. 108 sts.
Rounds 39–41: [K1b, p1] to end.
Round 42: Switching to DPNs [K2tog-i-b, p2tog] to end. 54 sts.
Rounds 43–45: [K1b, p1] to end.
Round 46: [K2tog-i-b, p2tog] to end. 27 sts.
Rounds 47–49: [K1b, p1] to end.
Round 50: [K2tog-i-b, p2tog] to last stitch, k1b. 14 sts.
Round 51: [K2tog-i-b, p2tog] to last stitch, k1b. 7 sts.
Break yarn, draw through remaining sts and pull tight. Weave in ends securely. Block over a plate. Enjoy!
26 October 2009
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