Split Decision Hat by Shanalines Designs | If you’ve been following me for a bit, you know that I love creating pieces that can be worn in many ways and I love garter stitch with clever construction. Combine those interests with my love of using up leftover scraps, and you’ve got the SPLIT DECISION HAT. This hat can be worn in many ways, and it’s fun to knit. The finished product is just as pleasing in a single color as it is with color blocking or stripes. I love the multi-directional quality of garter stitch. Because the fabric is square, it is easy to work the fabric in one direction, and you can pick up and work in a perpendicular direction without much fuss in counting stitches. Simple shaping creates the crown in a non-traditional way. This is a great canvas for using up partial skeins, and the change in direction of knitting creates a unique expression of colors and stripes. Make a SPLIT DECISION about how to style your hat: with either side in front or even half of each side showing. I hope you love making this stash-buster hat as much as I loved creating it!
Gauge: 19 stitches & 38 rows = 4” (10 cm) in garter stitch knit flat
- Circumference: The pattern offers 5 sizes, noted as 1 (2, 3) 4, 5 throughout the pattern. These correspond to these measurements: 15.2” (16.8”, 18.5”) 20.2”, 21.9” / 39 (43, 47) 51, 55.6 cm.
- Height: Short: 8.2-8.5” (20.8-21.6 cm) | Tall: 9.9-10.2” (25-26 cm)
Materials Used: DK weight yarn, all 100% Superwash Merino, ranging from 270 yd / 247 m per 100 g to 250 yd / 229 m per 115 g
Needle Size: US 6 (4 mm) min. length 24″ (60 cm) or size needed to get gauge. The same size needle in 16” (40 cm) and 32” (80 cm) lengths may also be helpful.
Pattern Includes: Written Instructions, Photo Tutorials, Schematic & Blank Coloring Page
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Other Details: Techniques - Provisional cast-on, knit stitch, increasing stitches, decreasing stitches, join-as-you-go modular knitting, 3-needle bind-off.