Trekking

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Hat Description

Trekking is a long slouchy beanie with 4 panels of alternating garter stitch and 1×1 rib. It’s worked in the round from the bottom up.

 

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Yarn

436yd/399m/200g
Heavy DK or Worsted weight, single or multi-ply yarn.

 

Needles & Notions

Set 4mm/UK8/US6 DPNs/Circular or size needed to obtain gauge
Stitch marker as necessary
Tapestry needle

 

Sample Details

Shown in YRC Silk Wool DK (50% Merino, 50% Silk)

 

Gauge

20 sts to 4in/10cm on 4mm needles over St.St.

 

Sizes

To fit sizes: 17 [20, 23] in/43 [51, 58] cm
Finished size: 13.5 [16.75, 20] in/34.5 [42.5, 51] cm

Not sure which size to make? Check my handy size and measuring guide!

 

Skills Required

Cable Cast-on
Knitting in the round
Increases and Decreases
Draw-through Bind-off
Blocking a Hand Knit Hat

 

Abbreviations

K: knit
P: purl
rpt: repeat
R/rnd(s): rounds
st(s): stitch(es)
k2tog: knit next 2 sts together
SSK: slip next 2 sts knitwise, then knit these 2 sts together through the backs of the loops

How To

Cast on 68 [84, 100] sts

Join in the round, being careful not to twist stitches. Place stitch marker to indicate start of round.

 

Body

Rnd 1: *K17 [21, 25], [K1, P1](8, 10, 12) times, K1; rpt from * to end

Rnd 2: *P17 [21, 25], [K1, P1](8, 10, 12) times, K1; rpt from * to end

These 2 rounds form the pattern for the main body. Work in pattern until the body of the Hat measures approx. 18 [19, 20] in/ 45.5 [48, 51] cm (or desired length) ending after a Rnd 1.

 

Crown

17in size jump to Rnd 9 , 20in size jump to Rnd 5 , 23in size start at Rnd 1.

Rnd 1: *P25, ssk [K1, P1] 10 times, K1, k2tog; rpt from * to end [96 sts]

Rnd 2: *ssk, K21, k2tog, K1, [K1, P1] 10 times, K2; rpt from * to end [92 sts]

Rnd 3: *P23, ssk, P1, [K1, P1] 9 times, k2tog; rpt from * to end [88 sts]

Rnd 4: *ssk, K19, k2tog, [K1, P1] 10 times, K1; rpt from * to end [84 sts]

Rnd 5: *P21, ssk [K1, P1] 8 times, K1, k2tog; rpt from * to end [80 sts]

Rnd 6: *ssk, K17, k2tog, K1 [K1, P1] 8 times, K2, rpt from * to end [76 sts]

Rnd 7: *P19, ssk, P1, [K1, P1] 7 times, k2tog; rpt from * to end [72 sts]

Rnd 8: *ssk, K15, k2tog [K1, P1] 8 times, K1; rpt from * to end [68 sts]

Rnd 9: *P17, ssk [K1, P1] 6 times, K1, k2tog; rpt from * to end [64 sts]

Rnd 10: *ssk, K13, k2tog,K1, [K1, P1] 6 times, K2; rpt from * to end [60 sts]

Rnd 11: *P15, ssk, P1, [K1, P1] 5 times, k2tog; rpt from * to end [56 sts]

Rnd 12: *ssk, K11, k2tog, [K1, P1] 6 times, K1; rpt from * to end [52 sts]

Rnd 13: *P13, ssk [K1, P1] 4 times, K1, k2tog; rpt from * to end [48 sts]

Rnd 14: *ssk, K9, k2tog, K1, [K1, P1] 4 times, K2; rpt from * to end [44 sts]

Rnd 15: *P11, ssk, P1, [K1, P1] 3 times, k2tog; rpt from * to end [40 sts]

Rnd 16: *ssk, K7, k2tog, [K1, P1] 4 times, K1; rpt from * to end [36 sts]

Rnd 17: *P9, ssk, [K1, P1] 2 times, K1, k2tog; rpt from * to end [32 sts]

Rnd 18: *ssk, K5, k2tog, K1, [K1, P1] 2 times, K2; rpt from * to end [28 sts]

Rnd 19: *P7, ssk, P1, K1, P1, k2tog; rpt from * to end [24 sts]

Rnd 20: *ssk, K3, k2tog, [K1, P1] 2 times, K1; rpt from * to end [20 sts]

Rnd 21: *P5, ssk, K1, k2tog; rpt from * to end [16 sts]

Rnd 22: *ssk, K1, k2tog, K3; rpt from * to end [12 sts]

Rnd 23: *ssk, K2, k2tog; rpt from * to end [8 sts]

Rnd 24: *ssk, k2tog; rpt from * to end [4 sts]

Break yarn and thread through remaining 4 sts and tighten to close.

 

Finishing

Weave in all ends. This Hat doesn’t need blocking, but if you wish block lightly. Put on your Hat and start talking geek speak with a light Scottish accent.

There’s a new free pattern up!

Photo credit – © TrudiB, reproduced with kind permission. Thank you!

I can’t take all the credit for this one – last week or so the Nerdy Knitters group on Ravelry asked for my help with a version of Scotty’s Hat from the new Star Trek film. Whilst we were talking about it’s construction (the one in the film appears to be made with alternate panels of garter stitch and sideways garter stitch) I started working on some numbers for an alternative version, a ‘cheats’ version if you like, a Hat that is inspired by the original, with the same style but constructed differently.

This isn’t a true Scotty’s Hat, this is my take on it – one for those who don’t like seaming or short rows. Should you be looking for a more accurate version of the construction, try Nicole Lorenz’s pattern, which uses short rows and the sideways panels just like we think the one in the film does.

This Hat is knit entirely in the round, using garter stitch and 1×1 rib for structure. It’s yarn thirsty, not leaving much to play with from 200g, yet it is a super slouchy Hat and absolutely perfect for big hair or tucking up your dreads, as demonstrated by the lovely model (and test knitter!) above.

As always there are a range of sizes included, from children through to adults. The Hat is super stretchy and I’ve factored in roughly 4 inches of negative ease, which should give a comfy fit. The 1×1 rib panels create an effect almost like shallow ear-flaps – this is because the rib, when relaxed, will appear longer than the garter stitch that it sits next to (i.e. a slightly different row gauge) – a nice detail, methinks 😉

Many thanks to the Nerdy Knitters (especially TrudiB) for their faith and encouragement, and for giving me something fun to do, which was just the tonic I needed. Now go download and make a great new Hat!

Need Help With This Pattern?

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6 Comments

  1. Trudi Brown

    Thanks for producing a pattern so quickly. It really is a perfect hat for dreads and I expect I’ll have a few in different colours before winter sets in. 🙂

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