RicRac Ribbed Hat

featuring a ricrac trim

RicRac Rib Hat

Our featured stitch pattern, ricrac rib,  is used as a trim here in this RicRac Hat. I experimented with a few ways to create the same level of texture converting the pattern to circular. In the end, I found the results lacking. There is an unusual depth to the RicRac Rib that I could not replicate with right or left twists formed on the knit side. Because of this, the hat is begun by working back and forth on straight (or circular, if you prefer) needles. After the trim is completed, change to circular needles. As the stitches are decreased for the top of the hat, double point needles are required. The hat is then finished off, and the trim is seamed. This will all be demonstrated on the supporting videos.

If you’re very new to knitting and daunted by the notion of double points, you could also stop at the end of the trim section, bind off and you will have a headband. In fact, the two balls should be enough to do both a hat and headband.

 

Materials:

  • 2 balls Berroco’s  “Blackstone Tweed Chunky” (65% wool, 25% superkid mohair, 10% angora rabbit hair 1.75 oz / 50 g;  60 yds / 55 m)
  • Size US 10.5 (16″) circular needles
  • Size US10.5 double point needles
  • Stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge:

14sts and 22.5 rows= 4″ (10cm) in RicRac Rib.

14sts and 18 rows=4″ (10cm) in Stockinette Stitch.

RicRic Rib Stitch Pattern

Worked over a multiple of 4 plus 2.
Row 1 (right side): K2, *skip 1 stitch and knit in back loop of 2nd stitch; then knit skipped stitch through the front loop. Slip both stitches from the needle together, k2; repeat from *.
Row 2: P1, k1, *with yarn in front skip 1 stitch and purl the second stitch, then purl the skipped stitch. Slip both stitches from the needle together, k2; repeat from *, end last repeat with k1, p1.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 for pattern.

Hat

With straight or circular needles, long tail cast on 74 sts. Begin RicRac Rib stitch pattern with row 2, then continue in pattern for 7 repeats, ready for a knit row.

Changing to circular needles:

Knit 2 together, work until you have 2 sts left, work a slip slip knit. This will decrease the number of stitches to shape evenly for top of hat. Place a marker and join round.

Work approximately one to two inches in stockinette stitch (knit every round), then begin shaping at beginning of next round. As stitches begin to get tighter on the needle, change to double point needles.

Decrease round: *K6, k2tog; rep from *.
Knit one round.
Decrease round: *K5, k2tog; rep from *.
Knit one round.
Decrease round: *K4, k2tog; rep from *.
Knit one round.
Decrease round: *K3, k2tog; rep from *.
Knit one round.

At this point you will need to switch to double points.
Decrease round: *K2, k2tog; rep from *.
Knit one round.
Decrease round: *K1, k2tog; rep from *.
Knit one round.
Decrease round: *K2tog; rep from *.
Knit one round.

Cut yarn approximately 8″ long and thread through all the stitches, pull tight, thread through stitches again, pull tight again and darn in end on inside of hat.

Seam trim edge.

Darn in ends.

 

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