Easy Ombre Slouch Hat

Hat #2 of 3 that I been planning to make and stashbust this winter. I have been meaning to use the white Diamond Merino Superwash DK yarn for years. It’s been in my stash since at least 2007! The problem was that the ball is only about 125m DK yarn which is not enough for most adult hat patterns. I recently found this very popular stranded hat pattern and used the merino with some alpaca I had leftover from Buttercup which incidentally, I have rarely worn unlike the Twenty Ten cardigan which I am wearing in these photos. I’m wondering if this hat will be on the heavy hat rotation or will be stored away with knit items I do not wear much or at all.

This pattern and final result hat are only okay. Part of the blame lies with me because I became distracted when I did the crown decreases. I wasn’t paying attention and it took longer to decrease and the hat is a bit pointy. Seven stitches remaining at the end would have been too tapered so I frogged back until there was about 15 and threaded there. I would not use the pattern again. The original crown decreases too quickly. From the photos of other projects, the hat is not actually as slouchy as it appears in the pattern. It’s more like a big beanie. It is an easy hat to get into if you are new to stranding though. It was mindless for me as a result. It also blocked up to being quite big which is nice for a stranded hat.

Easy Ombre Slouch Hat, started February 6, 2021, finished February 19, 2021.
Pattern: The Easy Ombre Slouch Hat by Paul S Neary
Yarn: Diamond Luxury Collection Fine Merino Superwash DK (100% Merino – 125 meters / 50 grams in white and Susan Andrew Collection Inca Gold Baby Alpaca (Sport – 100% Alpaca 199 meters / 50 grams) in #2213 purple – Less than 1 ball of each.

Needles: US 5 – 3.75 mm 40″/100cm for Magic Loop; US 6 – 4.0 mm 16″/40cm for body and 40″/100cm for decreases
Modifications & Notes:

  • US #5 needles on the band, #6 on the body of the hat.
  • As usual, German twisted cast on
  • Completed the chart and added a couple extra rows of CC
  • For the decreases, I worked Round 1 as written to set up the markers, knit all even rounds, and basically did knit to 2 sts before marker, k2tog.
  • We were watching TV when I was finishing it and basically forgot what I was doing with the decreases
  • Ended up threading through when it got to about 15 sts or something (7 sts made too much of a point so I had to undo it).

Cost of Project: Probably less than C$5. One yarn was leftover from another project and the Diamond yarn was bought 14 years ago.
Would I knit it again?: No.

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