I Smell Snow hat
At its heart though, is some lovely and simple colourwork. With no long floats and an 8-stitch repeat, the Fair Isle panel of I Smell Snow makes a great introduction to knitting stranded colourwork hats. And while the crown may look fancy, it’s created using only the most basic of decreases.
I Smell Snow is knitted in the round using 4ply/fingering weight yarn. The pattern uses the Fair Isle technique, where you work with more than one colour on each row.
It’s easier than it sounds; you just knit a few stitches with one colour, then switch to another, carrying the yarns behind your work. The yarn that’s not in use creates a “float” behind your work. Sounds fancy, but that’s just the term for the horizontal length of yarn that travels between the stitches in each colour. Tin Can Knits have a great blog explaining more.
I Smell Snow is all about simple colourwork. This technique only uses two colours a row, so you won’t get yourself in a massive tangle. And with a short pattern repeat, there are no long floats to worry about.
The pattern has instruction for three sizes – Child, Teen/Small Adult, and Large Adult. Instructions are written as “Child (Teen/Small Adult, Large Adult)”, so be sure you’re looking at the right instructions for your size.
Suggested yarn: The samples are knitted in Marina Skua Mendip 4ply (150m/164yd per 50g skein) on her Sunny (lambswool) base, in the colours Sky, Fox, Teal, and Beech. If you want to substitute yarn, then I’d recommend a “woolly” 4ply/fingering weight, as they have a bit of grip which makes them easier for colourwork.
Suggested needles (and notions): 3mm (US 2.5) and 3.25mm (US 3) 40cm (16in) circular needles and double pointed needles, or long circular for magic loop, stitch marker, tapestry needle.
Gauge: 24 sts and 30 rows to 10cm (4in), measured over colourwork, knit in the round.
Picking a size:
The I Smell Snow hat is designed to be worn with around 5cm (2in) of negative ease. Pick a size based on your actual head circumference: the hat itself will come up slightly smaller than this to ensure a close and snuggly fit.
To fit head circumference
Large Adult: 58-62cm (23.5-25in)
Teen/Small Adult: 55-58cm (22-23.5in)
Child: 50-54cm (19.5-21.5in)
MC (Sky): 96m (105yds), CC1 (Beech): 37m (41yds), CC2 (Fox): 16m (18yds), CC3 (Teal): 12m (13yds)
MC (Sky): 85m (93yds), CC1 (Beech): 33m (36yds) CC2 (Fox): 14m (16yds), CC3 (Teal): 10m (11yds)
MC (Sky): 80m (88yds), CC1(Beech): 31m (34yds), CC2 (Fox): 7m (8yds), CC3 (Teal): 8m (9yds)