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Bóithrín

by Woolly Wormhead

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Intermediate

My little boy loves cars. And trucks. And bikes. And aeroplanes. And motorbikes. And lorries. And diggers. And cranes. And trains. And buses, which is pretty handy, as we live in a bus. It doesn't matter whether it's an old rusty banger or slick stickered racing car, if it moves and makes a noise, he wants one.

And so this Hat, inspired by race tracks, road markings and tyre treads came to be. Bóithrín is the perfect Hat for little boys obsessed with vehicles; a modern take on the classic instarsia motif pieces, and the perfect project to practice a few new techniques.

 

 


 


Sizes

15 [17, 20] inches, shown in largest size

Finished Measurements

Circumference: 12¼ [14¾, 17¼] inches
Length: 5¾ [6¼, 6¾] inches

Materials

Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted [100% Merino Superwash; 95 yards/86 meters per 1.75 ounce/50 gram skein];

Beanie version:
Chocolate (MC); 1 skein
Pistachio (CC); 1 skein

Square top version:
Pistachio (MC); 1 skein
Teal (CC); 1 skein

Recommended needle sizes

US #7/4.5mm straight needles
US H-8/5 mm crochet hook
Do not hesitate to change needle size to obtain correct gauge.

Notions

Tapestry needle
Approximately 2 meters waste yarn

Gauge

20 sts and 26 rows = 4 inches in St st

Pattern Notes

Hat is worked side to side, starting with a provisional cast-on then grafted to finish. Beanie version includes short rows for the crown shaping.

Links to special techniques: Provisional Cast-on and Kitchener Stitch - tutorials can be downloaded as PDFs from here.

Charts

Square Small
Square Medium
Square Large
Beanie Small
Beanie Medium
Beanie Large

Skills Required

Provisional cast-on, short rows, grafting (kitchener stitch)

Instructions

Square top version, panel
With MC and using provisional cast-on method, cast on 28 [31, 34] sts.
Row 1 (WS): With MC, knit across.
Row 2 (RS): With MC, purl across.
Row 3: With MC, knit across.
Row 4: With MC, p3, with CC, purl to end.
Row 5: With CC, p 25 [28, 31], with MC, p3.
Row 6: With MC, k3, with CC, knit to end.
Row 7: With CC, p 25 [28, 31], with MC, p3.
Row 8: With MC, purl across.

Repeat these 8 rows a total of 10 [12, 14] times. On the last repeat, omit the final row as this will be replaced by the grafting.

Detail

Beanie version, panel
With MC and using provisional cast-on method, cast on 28 [31, 34] sts.
Row 1 (WS): With MC, knit across.
Row 2 (RS): With MC, p 27 [30, 33], w&t.
Row 3: With MC, knit across.
Row 4: With MC, p3, with CC, p23 [26, 29], w&t.
Row 5: With CC, p23 [26, 29], with MC, p3.
Row 6: With MC, k3, with CC, k 22 [25, 28], w&t.
Row 7: With CC, p22 [25, 28], with MC, p3.
Row 8: With MC, p24 [27, 30], w&t.
Row 9: With MC, knit across.
Row 10: With MC, p 23 [26, 29], w&t.
Row 11: With MC, knit across.
Row 12: With MC, p3, with CC, p19 [22, 25], w&t.
Row 13: With CC, p19 [22, 25], with MC, p3.
Row 14: With MC, k3, with CC, k18 [21, 24], w&t.
Row 15: With CC, p18 [21, 24], with MC, p3.
Row 16: With MC, purl across all sts, picking up the wraps as you go.

Repeat these 16 rows a total of 5 [6, 7] times. On the last repeat, omit the final row as this will be replaced by the grafting.

Detail

FINISHING

Carefully remove provisional cast-on stitch by stitch, taking care to keep in pattern, transferring live stitches to 2nd needle. Turn work inside out to perform Kitchener stitch. Alternatively, you can graft with the right sides facing with reverse stocking stitch kitchener (which is the opposite of St st kitchener!)

DetailAs instructed, you would have omitted the last row on the last repeat as this will be replaced by the St st graft. When grafting across short rows, pick up the wrap as you have done previously (from the right side of the work) and place it onto the needle, then lift both the wrap and stitch off and twist towards you, and then place back on the needle and perform St st kitchener as normal. This method of lifting and twisting the wrap & stitch is equivalent to knitting into the back of these, and so will keep your work in pattern. Thread yarn through edge stitches and pull to tighten. You will be grafting from the bottom of the Hat up.

 

If you find the idea of grafting across short rows daunting, then knit across all stitches as per instructions on final row of final panel. Then thread yarn through crown stitches, pull to tighten, and continue to perform stocking stitch kitchener stitch across all live stitches. You will be grafting from the top of the Hat down. Working this way will add an additional row to the width of your Hat.

Weave in all ends.

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Woolly Wormhead is a Hat Architect. With a background in industrial, sculptural and fine art Textiles, these influences can be seen in her work; having always been a lover of Hats and a life-long knitter, she enjoys bringing these different aspects together.

 

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