Freckled Hat, a free knitting pattern

We are really excited about our Huron, our worsted weight yarn.  It’s soft, but durable.  It takes color brilliantly and doesn’t fade in the wash.  I made this hat to show off both the speckled colorways and Huron itself.  Knit at a somewhat loose gauge, this hat is a classic piece that would make a great gift for your knit-worthy loved ones.

Photo of the Freckled Hat, a free knitting pattern by Carol Ullmann

Freckled Hat

Freckled Hat is an easy breezy knit in squish-able, washable Huron.  You can knit it long and slouchy if you are yearning for your hipster days, or as a close-fitting watchcap for cold winter mornings when you mean business. We opted for a fun speckled colorway, Purple Rain (dyed by Michelle in honor of Prince), but this hat would look great in solids or stripes too!

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Materials:

Washtenaw Wool Co Huron [100% superwash US Merino; 220 yards/201 meters per 100g skein]; color: Purple Rain, 1 skein.
US 8 & 9 16-inch circular needles and US 9 DPNs

Gauge: 4.25 sts and 6 rows per inch in stockinette stitch in the round.

Pattern Notes:

If you’re thinking of using a gradient, please be aware that this hat doesn’t use an entire skein.

Directions:
With smaller needle, CO 72 sts.
K1, p1 rib for 4”.
Switch to larger circular needle and knit all rows until hat measures 8” (for watch cap) or 12.5” (for slouchy hat) from CO edge.

Crown decreases:
Round 1: *K10, k2tog; rep from * to end.
Round 2 and all even rows: K all sts.
Round 3: *K9, k2tog; rep from * to end.
Round 5: *K8, k2tog; rep from * to end.
Round 7: *K7, k2tog; rep from * to end.
Round 9: *K6, k2tog; rep from * to end.
Round 11: *K5, k2tog; rep from * to end. (36 sts total. Now decrease every round.)
Row 12: *K4, k2tog; rep from * to end.
Row 13: *K3, k2tog; rep from * to end.
Row 14: *K2, k2tog; rep from * to end.
Row 15: *K1, k2tog; rep from * to end.
Row 16: *K2tog; rep from * to end. (6 sts total.)
Cut yarn, leaving a 12” tail and draw through the remaining sts.
Weave in ends.

Freckled Hat pattern © 2016 by Carol Ullmann. For personal use, charity, or teaching only. Do not reproduce or distribute pattern without this copyright notice.

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