Last summer, my brother-in-law lent me the very addictive Game of Thrones novels to occupy me on planes, in airports, on docks and beaches and in doctors and dentists offices. I missed more than my share of subway stops catching up on what the scheming Starks and Lannisters were up to.
Inspired by the similarity between the ominous feeling you get in Canada in November and House Stark’s motto, a toque to brave the winter in Canada or the Seven Kingdoms (or anywhere else for that matter….)
Needles: Size 7 and 9 circular needles. Size 9 DPNs
Notions: tapestry needle, stitch marker
Yarn: 60 yards worsted weight yarn in colour #1,30 yards in colour #2 (sample in Berroco Vintage)
Size: medium/large 24” inches in circumference
Cast 96 stitches in colour #1 on size 7 circular needles
Brim: (8 rounds)
Row 1: join in the round, careful not to twist, (K1, P3)* repeat to the end of the round
Rows 2 to 8: repeat
Main hat: (33 rounds or desired length)
Switch to size 9 circular needles.
Knit 4 rounds
Work colour pattern bellow as follows:
K2, work 92 stitches in pattern, K2
(The long strands can be difficult to deal with if you’re a novice at stranded colourwork. If you are doing more than 5 or 6 consecutive stitches in one colour, just tuck the other strand around every 4 to 5 stitches to avoid long drooping strands.)
Knit 20 rounds for a slouchy hat as shown. (15 rounds for a closer fitting toque)
Decrease for crown:
Switch to DPNs
Row 1: (K6, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Row 2 (and all even rows): knit
Row 3: (K5, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Row 4: knit
Row 5: (k4, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Row 7: (k3, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Row 9: (k2, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Row 11: (k1, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Row 13: k2tog to the end of the round.
Run yarn through remaining stitches, and sew in ends!
For personal or charitable use only. LGN, 2012.