|Every so often I like diving into stash and start knitting something up. I have a fair amount of Noro that I don't have any plans for so I grabbed a couple of skeins to knit up a hat. I am using Noro Silk Garden and US 7 (4.5 mm) needles for this project.|
|Cast on 72 stitches using German Twisted cast on. Join in the round. I'm knitting this on 2 circular needles, but if you are using a single circular needle, place a marker to mark start of round. Knit 12 rounds of 1x1 rib.|
|Place markers every 12 stitches. Round 1: Knit increase round as follows * K to marker, M1R, SM *, repeat from * to * to end of round. 6 stitches increased. Round 2: Knit to end of round. Repeat Rounds 1 and 2, 3 more times and then repeat round 1 once. You will have 16 stitches between markers for a total of 96 stitches.|
|Continue knitting in stockinette until length of hat is 8 1/2" long from cast on edge. The hat is looking pretty big at this point. (Note: If you want less slouch knit less stockinette.)|
|Decrease section: Round 1 - * K to 2 stitches before marker, k2tog *; repeat from * to * until end of round. Round 2 - Knit to end of round. Repeat rounds 1 & 2 10 times and then repeat round 1 one more time. You should have 24 stitches remaining. K2tog to end of round reducing stitches in half, 12 stitches remain. Cut yarn leaving an 8" tail. Thread yarn through loops and pull tight. Weave in ends.|
This hat took 160 yards with a row gauge of 25 rows in 4 inches and a stitch gauge of 18 stitches in 4 inches. Circumference is 15 inches unstretched and 24 inches stretched. Hat length is 12 inches.
This project can be found on ravelry at: A Bit More Slouch
Photos & text copyright Prairie Willow Knits.