Saturday, January 23, 2010

And The Malabrigo Goes To...

First, I want to say a big "Thank You!" to everyone who stopped in to let me know about their contribution to help people in Haiti.  They need all the help they can get, so I appreciate your kindness and generosity.  Without further ado, here are the drawing winners:

#1.  The Malabrigo Sock yarn goes to Amy.
#2.  The Malabrigo Worsted goes to Kate.
#3.  The Malabrigo Chunky goes to ikkinlala.

If you see your name on the list, please email me with your mailing address.  I will send off your Malabrigo asap! 

I wanted to have something to share with everyone who dropped in and left me a comment, so I finished up a leafy top-down hat pattern I've been working on.   A friend offered to test knit this for me, but she hasn't had a chance yet.  So if you run into any questions or problems, feel free to email me.  I plan on making the pattern available on Ravelry too, but I wanted to post it here first, to give a little back to all of you.

Falling Leaves Hat

Yarn: 1 skein Malabrigo Worsted (I used color 194 - Cinnabar)
Needles: both DPN’s and 16” circular in Size 8 (5 mm), and Size 5 (3.75mm) 16” circular needles
Notions: Size G crochet hook, tapestry needle, and stitch markers
Gauge: 20 sts = 4 “ in St st

Using a crochet hook, CO 8 sts with Emily Ocker’s Circular Beginning (described in Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitter’s Almanac), or another circular cast on method.
(If this is new to you, check out how-to videos on You Tube. I don't even crochet and I learned Emily Ocker’s method from this very helpful video:  It creates a nice snug loop that won't come loose at the top of the hat.)

Transfer the 8 sts to 3 DPN’s, tighten loop by pulling on yarn tail.
Place marker for the beginning of the row.

(Note: Begin knitting increase rounds with DPN’s. When you have enough stitches, transfer knitting to circular needles.)

Increase rows:
Row 1: Kfb all sts. (16 sts)
Row 2: Knit.
Row 3: Kfb all sts. (32 sts)
Row 4: *K1, P1, repeat from * to end of row.
Row 5 *Kfb, P1, repeat from * to end. (48 sts)
Row 6: *K2, P1, repeat from * to end.
Row 7: *K1, Kfb, P1, repeat from * to end. (64 sts)
Row 8: *K2, P2, repeat from * to end.
Row 9: *K1, Kfb, P2, repeat from * to end. (80 sts)
Row 10: *K3, P2, repeat from * to end.
Row 11: * K2, Kfb, P2, repeat from * to end. (96 sts)
Row 12 & 13: *K3, P3, repeat from * to end.

Begin leaf pattern:
Row 14: *K1, YO, K1, YO, K1, P3, K3, P3, repeat from * to end. (112 sts)
(From now on, repeat from * eight times every row. At this point it may be helpful to place stitch markers between each pattern repeat.)
Row 15: *K5, P3, K3, P3.
Row 16: *K2, YO, K1, YO, K2, P3, K3, P3. (128 sts)
Row 17: *K7, P3, K3, P3.
Row 18: *K3, YO, K1, YO, K3, P3, K3, P3. (144 sts)
Row 19: *K9, P3, K3, P3.
Row 20: *SSK, K5, K2tog, P3, K1, YO, K1, YO, K1, P3.
Row 21: *K7, P3, K5, P3.
Row 22: *SSK, K3, K2tog, P3, K2, YO, K1, YO, K2, P3.
Row 23: *K5, P3, K7, P3.
Row 24: *SSK, K1, K2tog, P3, K3, YO, K1, YO, K3, P3.
Row 25: *K3, P3, K9, P3.
Row 26: *Slp1, K2tog, PSSO, P3, SSK, K5, K2tog, P3. (112 sts)
Row 27: *K1, P3, K7, P3.
Row 28: *M1R, K1, M1L, P3, SSK, K3, K2tog, P3.
Row 29: *K3, P3, K5, P3.
Row 30: *K1, YO, K1, YO, K1, P3, SSK, K1, K2tog, P3.
Row 31: *K5, P3, K3, P3.
Row 32: *K2, YO, K1, YO, K2, P3, Slp1, K2tog, PSSO, P3.
Row 33: *K7, P3, K1, P3.
Row 34: *K3, YO, K1, YO, K3, P3, M1R, K1, M1L, P3. (144 sts)
Row 35: *K9, P3, K3, P3.
Rows 36-43: Repeat Rows 20 - 27. (112 sts)
Row 44: *M1R, K1, M1L, P3, SSK, Slp1, K2tog, PSSO, K2tog, P3. (96 sts)

Now change to Size 5 circular needles for edge of hat.
Row 45: *K3, P3, K3, P3, repeat from * to end.

This last row establishes a 3x3 rib pattern. Continue 3x3 ribbing for 1 inch.
BO loosely and in pattern. Cut yarn, and weave in ends.
The yarn will relax with washing, and you will end up with a comfy, slightly slouchy hat.  Here are a couple more pics:

Abbreviations used:
BO - bind off
CO - cast on
DPN - double pointed needle
K - knit
K2tog - knit two stitches together
Kfb - Knit into the front and back the same stitch
M1L - make 1 left slant (increase)
M1R - make 1 right slant (increase)
P - purl
PSSO - pass slipped stitch over
Slp - slip 1 st as if to purl
St st - stockinette stitch
SSK - slip one st knitwise, slip 2nd st knitwise, knit the 2 sts together through back loops
YO - yarn over

I hope you enjoy the pattern.  If you do knit one up for yourself, I would love to hear about it!


  1. Love it! The leaves are luring me to overcome my hat aversion and actually make one... Thanks! JS

  2. Congratulations to your winners!
    That's a beautiful pattern, Shannon. I'm bookmarking and will be making it one of these days. Thanks so much for sharing it!

  3. Wow! So excited I won the sock yarn! This hat is lovely, too.

  4. Thanks for the great pattern Shannon. Fun to knit and beautiful too.

  5. This is a beautiful hat. I love how the yarn knitted up. Thank you for sharing this pattern.

  6. I absolutely love this hat! I'm going to make one for next fall.

  7. Hello Shannon! Thank you, for such a lovely hat pattern. :) I've run into a problem though .. where do you use the 3.75 circ needle? If you start out using the 5.00 dpns, switching to 5.00 circ when you have enough sts, you don't need to switch to the 5.00 circ to do the band because you're already using them. Where do the 3.75s come in? I think I'm missing something. lol. Thanks, Shannon.

  8. Hello Ms. Mackie,
    I'm sorry that I wasn't able to reply to you directly. I hope you will see my comment here. Maybe there is confusion because I used US sizes in the pattern. You change to smaller needles (US 5 or 3.75 mm) for the ribbing of the hat. I hope this helps.
    Happy knitting!

  9. Hi Shannon!

    I came back. lol. Now I get it, thaaaaanks! :)

    Ms Mackie