Archive for October 18th, 2009

Hat 4: Environmentally pixily awesome


Made from eco-friendly wool etc.

Made from eco-friendly wool etc.

This hat is made from wool that was spun and dyed in South Wales using vegetable dyes – I bought it from Greenfibres. That means relatively low environmental impact in transport and materials. I originally made some fingerless typing gloves for Bash from this wool, and the scraps come in useful for a variety of activities – mostly hat-related!

I used a different decrease for the top of that hat, which is partly inspired by CitrusGirrl, aka Hannah, and her awesome pixie hats! I find it easier to knit in the round, but I will include instructions for both.

It’s probably relevant to note that this hat-knitting malarky is pretty good for saving the environment too, for the following reasons.

  • You use up scraps that might otherwise be thrown away
  • Before they do go to landfill, they raise money for charity and make people smile, making the landfill space work harder!
  • Lots of people save up their hats when they buy smoothies, and then send them back to Innocent to raise money all over again

Pattern

Knit your hat as per usual. When you start to decrease:

Knitting flat

*SSK, knit 5* Repeat ’til the end of the row.

*purl 4, p2tog* Repeat ’til the end of the row.

*SSK, knit 3* Repeat ’til the end of the row.

Knitting in the round

*SSK, knit 5* Repeat ’til the end of the row.

*SSK, knit 4* Repeat ’til the end of the row.

Both

Etc. For both methods, keep going until you only have 4 stitches left, and then thread the tail through the remaining 4 stitches and pull tight. If you’re knitting flat, use rest of the tail to sew up the sides of the hat, too.

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