How to Knit a Stripey Short-Rows Wavy Hatcomments (3) October 28th, 2008
I love things that are constructed in different and interesting ways, and my knit designing is definitely evidence of that, as this hat shows. It's knit flat, using short rows for shaping and increases and decreases to form the wave design. The pattern is available for free download through my website and through ravelry, but I'll make it super easy for you by linking to the pdf download right here!
Since I first designed it, I've played around with different striping ideas, finding some cool ways to use solid yarn and show off the pattern more clearly. This is especially helpful if you have some solid yarns you'd love to use for a gift knit, or if self-striping yarns are particularly hard to find in your neck of the woods.
So this tutorial isn't for knitting the hat, because that's what the pdf is for (and there are plenty of knitting how-to's on the web if you need knitting help), it's for two different striping methods that are not mentioned in the pattern. If you are an experienced knitter, this project should be a piece of cake. If you are a new knitter, it might take a bit longer, which is why I'm giving you so many weeks until gift time, but it's definitely worth trying. The techniques may take some getting used to (short rows in particular), but once you get the hang of it, it's a fun knit!
To stripe between two rows of each of two colors, start off with a crochet provisional cast-on using scrap yarn. This method is preferable over other provisional options because the whole cast-on row comes out in the end, leaving you with an even two rows of the first color. You can find a good how-to for this method at Stitch Diva Studios and a YouTube video here. Now work the first two rows of the pattern in your first yarn.
When choosing which yarn to start with, you may want to consider that the second color will be the yarn going all the way to the top of the hat (orange in the finished sample), so you'll be seeing more of it in the hat. Knit the next two rows in the second color yarn, letting the first yarn hang. Now with every other row, so every time you knit down to the bottom of the hat (the garter stitch part), you'll switch to the other yarn.
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