The Knitter’s Juliet Bernard designed this sweet hat and mitten set especially for Simply Knitting, and we’ve made it the focus of the Stitch & Craft Show 2011 knitalong.
Stranded colourwork can seem a bit daunting at first glance, but Juliet Bernard, editor of The Knitter and designer of this set, has come up with a pattern that uses slip stitches to give the snazzy look of colourwork without the bother.
"My design uses slip stitches to create a horizontal and vertical maze and is an ideal way to try
colourwork on a small scale because you are really only knitting stripes," explains Juliet.
You will need
Alice Starmore, Hebridean 2ply
Yarn A Bogbean, 3 x 25g hanks
Yarn B Whin, 2 x 25g hanks
A set of 2.45mm DPNs
A set of 3mm DPNs
Yarn used knits as 2ply to this tension:
36 sts and 36 rows to measure 4x4in (10x10cm) over slip stitch pattern using 3mm needles
kfb knit into the front and back of the stitch
sl slip stitch
Start knitting here
SLIP STITCH PATTERN
(10 stitch repeat)
Rounds 1 & 2 Using yarn A, K5, sl 1, K1, sl 1, K1, sl 1.
Rounds 3 & 4 Change to yarn B, sl 1, K5, sl 1, K1, sl 1, K1.
Rounds 5 & 6 Change to yarn A, K1, sl 1, K5, sl 1, K1, sl 1.
Rounds 7 & 8 Change to yarn B, sl 1, K1, sl 1, K5, sl 1, K1.
Rounds 9 & 10 Change to yarn A, K1, sl 1, K1, sl 1, K5, sl 1.
Rounds 11 & 12 Change to yarn B, Sl 1, K1, sl 1, K1, sl 1, K1.
GLOVES (both worked the same)
Cast on 52 sts using 2.45mm needles in yarn A and join in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches. Work in K2, P2 rib for 3.5in (9cm).
Change to 3mm needles.
Using the chart as a reference (downloadable as a pdf) for the slip stitch and stripe patterns and working the thumb increases as follows:
Round 1 Using yarn A, K2, slip stitch pattern to end of round.
Round 5 Kfb, kfb, pattern to end of round. [54 sts]
Round 9 Kfb, K2, kfb, slip stitch pattern to end of round. [56 sts]
Round 13 Kfb, K4, kfb, slip stitch pattern to end of round. [58sts]
Round 17 Kfb, K6, kfb, slip stitch pattern to end of round. [60 sts]
Round 19 Kfb, K8, kfb, slip stitch pattern to end of round. [62 sts]
Round 21 Kfb, K10, kfb, slip stitch pattern to end of round. [64 sts]
Round 23 Kfb, K12, kfb, slip stitch pattern to end of round. [66 sts]
Leaving the 50 sts of the hand on two stitch holders, work on 16 thumb stitches only.
Cast on 4 sts and join with the 16 thumb sts in the round. Work 6 rounds in st st (2 rounds A, 2 rounds B, 2 rounds A).
Change to 2.45mm needles and work 5 rounds in K2, P2 rib, then cast off.
Return remaining sts to the 3mm needles, picking up 4 sts from the bottom of thumb. [54 sts]
Continue knitting using the chart as reference from round 25 until you have finished round 42.
Work 2 rounds in colour A.
Change to 2.45mm needles.
Next round (K2tog) twice, (P2, K2) to last 2 sts,
P2. Work 5 more rounds in K2, P2 rib as set.
Cast on 148 sts using 2.45mm circular needle and yarn A.
Work 1.25in (3cm) in K2, P2 rib, increasing 12 sts evenly across last round. [160 sts]
Change to 3mm needles.
Work 5in (12cm) in slip stitch pattern, finishing with 2 rounds of yarn B.
Work crown of hat in stripes of 2 rounds of yarn A, 2 rounds of yarn B.
Round 1 In yarn A K6, k2tog. [140 sts]
Round 2 and all even rounds Knit.
Round 3 (K2tog, K12) 10 times in yarn B. [130 sts]
Round 5 (K2tog, K11) 10 times in yarn A. [120 sts]
Round 7 (K2tog, K10) 10 times in yarn B. [10 sts]
Round 9 (K2tog, K9) 10 times in yarn A. [100 sts]
Round 11 (K2tog, K8) 10 times in yarn B. [90 sts]
Round 13 (K2tog, K7) 10 times in yarn A. [80 sts]
Round 15 (K2tog, K6) 10 times in yarn B. [70 sts]
Round 17 (K2tog, K5) 10 times in yarn A. [60 sts]
Round 19 (K2tog, K4) 10 times in yarn B. [50 sts]
Round 21 (K2tog, K3) 10 times in yarn A. [40 sts]
Round 23 (K2tog, K2) 10 times in yarn B. [30 sts]
Round 25 (K2tog, K1) 10 times in yarn A. [20 sts]
Continue in yarn A, k2tog across all sts. Break yarn and thread through remaining sts pull tight.
Sew in all ends to finish gloves and hat.
© Juliet Bernard/Simply Knitting