14 February 2007

Unburglar / Face Hat

My friend Jenny commissioned this ski mask/hat a couple of weeks ago, when it was really cold here in Oberlin. She wanted a hat that would cover her face, but not make her look like she was about to rob a bank (hence the pretty colors). Since the college is closed today (SNOW!), I'm finally getting around to posting the pattern.

Since it leaves very little of your face exposed to the air, and it's made of wool, it is an extremely warm hat. The neck part is long enough that it may reduce the need for a scarf. If you or someone you know is looking for reasons not to wear scarves, that is. I'd wear a one anyway.

It should fit any reasonably sized adult head, as it's worked entirely in a 1x1 rib. My head is slightly larger than average (somewhere a bit over 23"), and it fit me just fine.

Oh, and thanks to these two patterns for their inspiration/framework:
http://pearlofcivilization.net/
http://www.earthheartdesigns.com/






Ski Mask

Materials:
- size US 7 – 16” circular needle
- size US 7 – dpns
- Araucania Nature Wool (100% wool, 100g/220m) color 50 (1 skein)
- Ella Rae Classic (100% wool, 100g/200m) color 10 (1 skein)
- stitch marker
- yarn needle
- cable needle (optional, see notes on decreasing)

Gauge:
5 ribs (10 sts) = 4 cm
9 rows = 4 cm

*Note on decreasing(abbreviated ‘DEC’):
Since this whole hat is ribbed, the decreases come in pairs. There are two ways of doing this.
With a cable needle:
- sl 1 st to right needle
- sl 1 st to cable needle, hold at back of work
- sl 1 st from right needle back to left, k2tog
- sl st from cable needle back to left needle, p2tog

Without a cable needle:
I’ll employ a diagram. Here are 4 sts:
D C B A -
D and B are purl sts, C and A are knit, and the dash is where you are (before you decrease).
1. sl A to right needle
2. insert tip of right needle into C
3. sl B and C off left needle (C is now on rh needle)
4. with left needle, pick up B
5. put C and A back on left needle
Now it looks like this
D B C A -
Finally, k2tog, p2tog.


Pattern
Neck:
- With 2 strands of one color, CO 102 sts, pm
- K in k1p1 rib for 10 rnds
- work rib for 46 sts, DEC, work rib for 48 sts, DEC (98 sts)
- work rib for 2 rnds
- work rib for 44 sts, DEC, work rib for 46 sts, DEC (94 sts)
- work rib for 6 rnds
- work rib for 42 sts, DEC, work rib for 44 sts, DEC (90 sts)
- work rib for 3 rnds

Mask:
- work rib for 32 sts, wrap next st, turn
- work rib for 22 sts, wrap next st, turn
- work rib for 21 sts, wrap next st, turn
- work rib for 20 sts, wrap next st, turn
- work rib for 19 sts, wrap next st, turn
- work rib for 18 sts, wrap next st, turn
- work rib for 17 sts, wrap next st, turn
- work rib for 23 sts, turn
- work rib for 10 rnds
- work rib for 9 sts, p1f&b, work rib for 21 sts, p1f&b, work rib to end of rnd
- work rib for 2 rnds
- work rib for 31 sts, wrap next st, turn
- work rib for 18 sts, wrap next st, turn
- work rib for 19 sts, wrap next st, turn
- work rib for 20 sts, wrap next st, turn
- work rib for 21 sts, wrap next st, turn
- work rib for 22 sts, wrap next st, turn
- work rib for 23 sts, wrap next st, turn
- work rib for 24 sts, wrap next st, turn
- work rib for 25 sts, wrap next st, turn
- work rib for 26 sts, wrap next st, turn
- work rib for 29 sts, turn
- work rib for 32 sts, turn
- work rib for 2 rnds
- work rib for 8 sts, BO 26 sts in rib, work rib to end of rnd (64 sts)

switch colors! (still use two strands)

Top of Hat:
- remove, work rib for 8 sts, pm (this is the new beg/end of rnd)
- work rib for 7 rnds
- cast on 30 sts, work rib to end of rnd (94 sts)
- work rib for 4 rows
- work rib for 4 sts, DEC, work rib for 14 sts, DEC, work rib to end of rnd (90 sts)
- work rib for 17 rnds
- *work rib for 14 sts, DEC* around (80 sts)
- work rib for 2 rnds
- *work rib for 12 sts, DEC* around (70 sts)
- work rib for 1 rnd
- *work rib for 10 sts, DEC* around (60 sts)
- work rib for 1 rnd
- *work rib for 8 sts, DEC* around (50 sts)
- *work rib for 6 sts, DEC* around (40 sts)
- *work rib for 4 sts, DEC* around (30 sts)
- *work rib for 2 sts, DEC* around (20 sts)
- *DEC* around (10 sts)
- cut yarn, leaving a 15cm tail. using yarn needle, thread tail through rem sts, pull tight, weave in end on the inside.

Finishing:
weave in all other ends on the inside of the hat.

This is what Jenny would look like, in her new hat, if she was at a 90 degree angle to the camera.

And this is the little poem that I wrote, to remind Jenny of the laundering instructions (feel free to insert your own name, but try to keep the overall iambic pentameter). I apologize for the forced rhyme.
"Bethany Draeger knit me out of wool,
So hand wash me in water that is cool.
Some mild soap would be all right to try -
But make sure that you lay me flat to dry!"

3 comments:

Danielle said...

Dude, I totally just clicked on this on KPC and thought, hey, this sounds just like what Bethany would call that thing she knit Jenny if she put the pattern on the web...shut up-I figured it out when I saw the pictures!

lisa said...

cpacebo

(stupid qwerty keyboard...)

Nicola said...

Hello - I've reached a part in the pattern and "hit a brick wall". On the first line, in the section called Top of Hat, where it says "remove, work rib for 8 sts, pm (this is the new beg/end of rnd)".
1. what does 'remove' mean? [I'm working on a circular needle, so does this mean to take it off the circular needle?]
2.How can this be the new beginning/end of the round?
3. then it goes on to ask for working rib for 8 sts, and then "work rib for 7 rnds" - sorry, but I just can't make this out AT ALL.
Would you be so kind as to explain in clearer terms for this not-very-experienced-knitter, just what I should do next? Many thanks, Nicola