S is for Stranded Knitting

My sister in law loves orange. So when I saw Malabrigo sock in a gorgeous burnt orange shade, called terracotta,  I had to make her a willow cowl with it. How better to use the 20g of unused yarn than to make a little hat for her son. But winter passed quickly into hot weather where they live and the hat remained unknit. Babies grow quickly and by next winter he’ll be a toddler.

Concerned that the remaining 20g wouldn’t be enough for a toddler sized hat, and having some co-ordinating brown yarn, I decided to try some colourwork. It was the perfect opportunity for a tiny taster of stranded knitting  Stranded knitting, also called fair-isle, is knitting more than one colour in the same row, swapping back and forth between the colours. I couldn’t find anything on ravelry that was simple enough for my thesis-addled mind so I tried designing my own. With only 4 rows of actual stranded knitting it was easy and quick to knit. I’m pretty pleased with it and if you’d like to try one yourself I’ve included the pattern. Let me know how you get on!

 

Oisín Hat

Toddler sized hat in sock yarn (or 4ply). Perfect for using up the ends from socks or shawls. I suggest a soft and springy merino wool for stretchiness without itching. Try to keep your stitches loose while swapping back and forth on the stranded rows, using a springy wool will be more forgiving here too.
Circumference is about 14 inches.
You will need:
17g Main colour – orange (I used Malabrigo sock in terracotta)
4g Contrast colour – brown (I think Laura Hogan sock)
3mm dpns (double pointed needles)
Pattern:
Cable Cast on 104 sts
Join to work in the round.
Knit in 2×2 rib for 9 rounds:  (k2 p2) repeat to end of round.
Knit 1 round
Knit 2 rounds brown
Knit 2 rounds orange
Knit 2 rounds brown

 

Knit 1 round orange
(k1 orange, k1 brown) repeat to end of round
Knit 1 round orange
(k1 brown, k1 orange) repeat to end of round

Repeat last four rounds once.
Knit 1 round orange

Knit 2 rounds brown
Knit 2 rounds orange
Knit 2 rounds brown

Knit all rounds in orange until work measures 5 inches from cast on edge.

Decreases for the crown:
(k6 k2tog) repeat to end of round
Knit 2 rounds
(k5 k2tog) repeat to end of round
Knit 2 rounds
(k4 k2tog) repeat to end of round
Knit 1 round
(k3 k2tog) repeat to end of round
Knit 1 round
(k2 k2tog) repeat to end of round
Knit 1 round
(k1 k2tog) repeat to end of round
Knit 1 round
k2tog in rounds until 5 or 6 stitches left.
Cut yarn, thread the end through the live stitches and weave in.

 

2 thoughts on “S is for Stranded Knitting

  1. Ooh clever! I plan to do the snowflake hat inside out for that reason. The strands were so short on this one it didn’t really matter. It was sort of a trial before trying something with longer strands.

    The picture of the hat is straight off the needles. I’m hoping it will be even nicer with blocking.

  2. Lovely hat! Did you block it, or is that straight off the needles.

    When I do stranded, I tend to pull a bit too tight since I’m a tight knitter generally. To avoid issues, I tend to do stranded colourwork inside out, so the strands are going around the outside.