Sunday, 12 February 2017

Alt National Park Service hat

I have continued to craft every day. One of the things I've been working on is a hat by recommendation of a friend. She said she wanted an Alt Natural Park Service hat. I thought this was a great idea, so I went with it.

I had fun figuring out the chart and how to knit the pattern without driving myself crazy. It was also interesting to get a picture of the top of my head by myself. 
Unfortunately, some of my creating time has gone to writing and editing the pattern, but it is still creating. Deb Jaworowicz really helped me get the pattern clear and looking nice. I will definitely think of her when I next need a tech editor.

I'm rather proud of how it turned out. I think I could do a better job with the knitting as I'm horribly out of practice with intarsia. If I knit another, I will likely try duplicate stitch for some of it, like the green in the trees.

Alt National Park Service hat
by Michelle Trudeau Fleming

I've been wanting to do hats to support the upcoming science marches. A friend commented “I want an Alt National Parks Service hat” and I thought it was a great idea. I charted it out and got to knitting.

Difficulty level:

Skills Required:
Bind off
Cast on
Color chart reading
Intarsia (worked flat, not in the round)

Chart 1:
MC: dark brown
CC1: light brown
CC2: white
CC3: light green
CC4: dark green

Chart 2:
MC: desired hat color
CC1: light brown
CC2: white
CC3: light green
CC4: dark green
CC5: dark brown
CC6: gold

Sample uses (amounts are approximate):
Wool Ease (80% acrylic, 20% wool)
Avocado: 20-40 yards
White: 5-10 yards
Forest Green Heather: 10-20 yards
Heartland (100% acrylic)
Sequoia: 125 yards
Vanna's Choice (100% acrylic)
Toffee: 20-40 yards

US 6/4.0 mm. Hat is worked both flat and in the round. Needle length for your personal circular knitting preference should be used (double points, 2 circs, Magic Loop)

19 sts/24 rounds = 4 inches in stockinette in needle size required to obtain gauge.
A US 6 (4.0mm) to US 8 (5.0mm) is a suggested starting point.

Yarn needle
Stitch marker

CC, contrasting color
CO, cast on
K, knit
MC, main color
P, purl
Rnd, round
RS, right side
Sts, stitches
WS, wrong side

Finished dimensions:
Height: 12 inches with 4 inch unfolded brim.
Width: 17 inch circumference across stockinette section.
Fits snugly on my 23 inch circumference head.

Pattern Notes:
There are 2 charts. You will use the first chart if your main color is the same as the darker outlining. The second chart is included if your main color is a different color or if you want to include the outer outlining. Chart 2 is 4 stitches wider than Chart 1.
You may wish to make mini skeins for each color to minimize tangling and to maintain even tension. Certain small chart areas may be done with duplicate stitch if desired.
When changing colors be sure to cross the old color over the new color to avoid holes.

Stitch Pattern:
2x2 rib:
Rnd 1: *K2, p2. Repeat from * to end of rnd.
Repeat rnd 1 for pattern.

Using MC yarn and preferred cast on, CO 80. Place marker and join to work in the round, being careful not to twist.
Work 2x2 rib for 4 inches for a turned up brim, 2 inches for a non-turned brim.

Knit 4 rounds.

Chart 1 set up:
Prep row 1: (RS) K7, work row 1 of chart, k26, turn
Prep row 2: (WS) P26, work row 2 of chart, p27

Chart 2 set up:
Prep row 1: (RS) K5, work row 1 of chart, k24, turn
Prep row 2: (WS) P24, work row 2 of chart, p25

Complete desired chart as written, working in rows rather than rounds. Chart should be read from left to right on purl (WS) rows, and from right to left on knit (RS) rows.

Once the last row of chart has been completed, rejoin to work in the round.
Knit 2 rounds.

Rnd 1:*K8, k2tog. Repeat from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 2:*K7, k2tog. Repeat from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 3:*K6, k2tog. Repeat from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 4:*K5, k2tog. Repeat from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 5:*K4, k2tog. Repeat from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 6:*K3, k2tog. Repeat from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 7:*K2, k2tog. Repeat from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 8:*K1, k2tog. Repeat from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 9:*k2tog. Repeat from * to end of rnd.

Cut yarn 6” from hat. Using a tapestry needle, thread the tail through the remaining stitches and pull tightly to close.


Weave in ends.
Close seam using MC and your preferred seaming method.

Designer and pattern information:

Contact Information
Michelle Trudeau Fleming

Photographer: Michelle Fleming
Model: Michelle Fleming
Tech editor: Deb Jaworowicz
Test knitter

Copyright Statement
© Michelle Fleming, 2017

Date, Version Number
Version 1, February 2017

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