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Erland Hat Modifications

(My modified version of Erland above)
Hi, Knitters,
I think Tanis Gray's Erland hat design is genius! In Erland Tanis shows such a complete understanding of design and how to effectively puzzle together her Fair Isle repeats to make the most beautiful hat. This is one of my most favorite knits ever! Thank you, Tanis. I highly recommend this hat pattern. It is fun, simple and gorgeous.
I'll start with some links:
Now you can see by comparing the photo above to the photo directly below, I made a few minor adjustments to the pattern. The original pattern is wonderful as is and as you can see it fits well on the model.
I am particular about the fit of my hats and it probably has something to do with living in an extremely cold climate. Your hats become your best friends in the winter. So I like my hats to be a bit more fitted, even snug, and a bit longer to generously cover my ears. The original has a looser fit and it is a little short to cover my ears.
This is, of course, all just personal preference. The original hat fits fine and you can knit it exactly as is in the pattern.
The original version of Erland knit by Tanis Gray (above).
The pattern is completely charted colorwork which is so simple to follow and is really one of my favorite types of hat patterns. In the pattern, there are 4 repeats of the chart which makes a 22-inch circumference hat. I usually like my hats to be about 19-20 inches in circumference. I have a 22-inch circumference head measurement.
So to make the hat circumference be about 19-20 inches, I took out one of the chart repeats and did only 3 repeats of the chart instead. I changed the needle size/gauge as well. 
 
I started by using a US size 7 needle which made the gauge slightly larger at 5 stitches per inch.
I cast on 96 stitches and worked 2-inches of 2 x 2 corrugated rib. Now, if I were to do this over I would've only done 1-inch of the corrugated rib. This was for a couple of reasons. 
When you remove one of the chart repeats the top of the hat will become more pointed. I blocked out the point as much as possible, really stretching the crown to be rounded as it was drying (as you can see in the photo above). With the 2-inches of corrugated rib the hat was a little longer than I wanted (this was because I went up in needle size and gauge), in the end, making the top of the hat not fit snuggly on the top my head. Basically, there was a little point at the top that I wanted to flatten out.
What I ended up doing and really liking is I rolled the brim under and folded it in half. I then whip-stitched the cast on edge to the Latvian braid on the inside of the hat and it turned out perfect! I absolutely love the doubled brim. And the one-inch reduction in length made the top of the hat sit perfectly on my head which rounds out the point, it disappears. The finished length is now just right to cover my ears. 
It turned out great! This is one of my favorite hats of all-time. I know I will love wearing it this coming fall and winter.
We have beautiful Erland Hat Kits in the shop right now. The kit includes a Ravelry download code for the pattern, the Home Worsted Weight in Snowy Pine and Marmalade, your choice of faux-fur pom-pom color, stitch markers and a hand-stamped project bag. We have it priced at a really good deal for you. 
Okay, off into the weekend we go! Have fun with the Erland hat, whatever version I know you will love it.
love, susan

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Little Hearts Free Pattern

Little Hearts
Little Hearts

Susan B. Anderson

Size: About 2 ¼-inches wide and 2-inches in height after felting 

Yarn: 10 grams of worsted weight wool.

Samples are knit in: Barrett Wool Co. Wisconsin Woolen Spun and Home Worsted Weight.

Needles: US size 7 or 4.5mm, set of 3 double-pointed needles or long circular for Magic Loop. 

Gauge: 5 stitches per inch before felting

Materials:

Yarn Needle

Fiberfill

Scrap yarn to hold stitches

Wool wash soap

Hot water

Basin or sink

String or baker’s twine to make a garland (optional)

Abbreviations

K  Knit

K2tog  Knit two stitches together.

SSK  Slip two stitches separately as if to purl. Knit the two slipped stitches together through the back loops.

Dpn(s) Double-pointed needle(s)

M1  Make one stitch by inserting the point of the left needle from front to back, under the strand running in between the stitches. Lift the strand onto the left and knit it through the back loop.

Heart Pattern

Little Hearts

Starting at the bottom of the heart, use 2 double-pointed needles to work in the round (use a third dpn to knit onto) or one long circular needle for magic loop. 

Cast on 6 stitches using the long-tail cast-on method, placing 3 stitches on each of two needles. Join to work in the round. Place a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round. 

Rnd 1: Knit.

Rnd 2: (K1, m1, knit to last stitch, m1, k1) repeat on each needle. 5 sts per needle, 10 sts total.

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until you have 15 stitches on each of the two needles. End after a Round 2. 30 sts total. 

Divide for the Top of the Heart

Next Rnd: K7, place the next 16 stitches on a piece of scrap yarn, k7. 7 sts per needle, 14 sts total. 16 sts being held on scrap yarn.

Decrease Rounds

Rnd 1: (K1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1) repeat on each needle. 5 sts per needle, 10 sts total.

Rnd 2: Knit.

Rnd 3: (Ssk, k1, k2tog) repeat on each needle. 3 sts per needle, 6 sts total.

Cut the yarn and place the end on a yarn needle. Pull the end through the remaining stitches and pull up tight to close the hole. Pull the end to the inside and trim.

Place the end from the cast on stitches on a yarn needle. Take some stitches to close the hole at the bottom of the heart. Pull the end to the inside and trim.

Stuff the heart with fiberfill until firm but do not overstuff.

Place the stitches being held back on the needles. 8 sts per needle. 16 sts total. 

Reattach the yarn to start working at the center of the heart.

Hold the needles parallel. Bring the yarn under the back needle and to the back. Knit the first stitch on the front needle together with the first stitch on the back needle. You will now have one stitch on the right needle. Place this stitch back on the front left needle. Begin working in the round.

Rnd 1: K2tog, knit to the end of the round.

Rnd 2: (K1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1) repeat on each needle. 5 sts per needle, 10 sts total.

Rnd 3: Knit.

Rnd 4: (Ssk, k1, k2tog) repeat on each needle. 3 sts per needle, 6 sts total. 

Cut the yarn leaving a 12-inch end and place the end on a yarn needle. Pull the end through the remaining stitches and pull up tight to close the hole. Leave the end out.

Finish stuffing the heart with fiberfill until firm but do not overstuff. There will be some gaps in the center where you divided the stitches. Pull the end through and use this end to stitch up and close the gaps. It doesn’t need to be perfect because the heart will be felted. Pull the end to the inside and trim.

Hand Felting

Fill a basin with hot water (not too hot, of course, but as hot as you can stand) and add some wool soap. I used the brand Soak for the soap. Submerge the heart in the water and get it soaked. Rub the heart vigorously in the palms your hands and turn it in all directions. Don’t worry if it gets misshapen, just stop every once in awhile and reshape it to see what it looks like. Keep dipping the heart in the soapy water and keep rubbing it in your hands until it gets felted. My hearts still have the stitches slightly visible after felting. When the heart gets felted to your preference squeeze out the excess water and reshape it into the final heart-shape.  Lay the heart flat to dry.

Little Hearts

Garland

Put a cut length (the length will vary with the number of hearts) of string or baker’s twine on a yarn needle and pull the end through the series of hearts either vertically or horizontally. Make a loop or loops for hanging at the ends of the string.

I hope you enjoy the Little Hearts pattern! Spread the love and we are wishing you all a very Happy Valentine's Day. 

Susan B. Anderson

©Barrett Wool Co. 2017

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Chunky Harvest Hats Free Pattern

Harvest Hats

 

Welcome to the first free pattern on the Barrett Wool Co. Journal. This pattern will always be available here on the blog and will not be offered as a pdf download. 

Chunky Harvest Hats

Susan B. Anderson

Click here to find out more, favorite and queue the Chunky Harvest Hats on Ravelry!

It was about 20 years ago that I knit my first pumpkin hat. A little over 10 years ago my version of a pumpkin hat was published in my first book, Itty-Bitty Hats. That is one of the most popular hats in the book by far. In tribute to the 10-year anniversary of Itty-Bitty Hats and the Little Pumpkin Hat, I decided to take the colors in Barrett Wool Co. that represent the traditional fall harvest fruits and vegetables and make some new hats. Here I am offering a Pumpkin Hat, Eggplant Hat, Apple Hat, Grape Hat, and a Yellow Squash Hat from which to choose. Really though even if you're not in the mood for a fruit or vegetable, this is just a good, simple chunky weight hat that could be knit up in ANY color or combination of colors or stripes or textures! Let your imagination run wild.

For this new version of the Chunky Harvest Hats I put a fun twist on the original Little Pumpkin hat in that you hold two strands of Home Worsted Weight doubled throughout the entire hat and you knit on a larger size needle at 3 stitches per inch. This makes for a super-squishy fabric that works up in the blink of an eye. I also added lots of sizes, six sizes to be exact, in the pattern that will fit a newborn up to an adult size head! You could always play around with making the brim longer for a cuffed style, too.

Sizes: Newborn (3-6 months, 6-12 months, toddler/small child, large child, teen/adult)

Hat circumference in inches: 12 (14, 16, 18, 20, 22) inches

Sizing Suggestions:

~ For a snug-fitting hat, 1 to 2-inches of negative ease is suggested. For example, if the head circumference measures 15-inches make the 14-inch size. Rounding down to the next size if the measurement is in between the listed measurements.

~ For a looser-fitting hat or if you want room to grow, select the size that is the same measurement as the head circumference or go up to the next size. For example, if the head measurement is 15-inches make the 16-inch size.

Yarn: Barrett Wool Co. Home Worsted Weight held doubled throughout, (230 yards, 210 meters/100 grams), 1 skein of each in the following colors.

Pumpkin: Marmalade and Grassland

Apple: Red Flannel and Grassland

Yellow Squash: Humble Gold and Ellie Gray

Grape: Bluff and Grassland

Eggplant: Pepin and Grassland

Yarn Notes:

~ One skein of the Home Worsted Weight for the top of the hat will be enough for many hats.

~ The 3-6 month size finished hat weighs 33 grams for reference.

~ One skein of the Home Worsted Weight is enough to make any of the sizes. You will need two skeins if you want a contrasting top to your hat. 

~ If you wind your yarn using a yarn winder to make a cake, you can pull one end from the inside and one end from the outside of the yarn cake as you work. Otherwise you can hand-wind two separate balls from which to pull the ends.

Needles: US size 10.5 or 6.5mm, 16-inch and double-pointed needles, or a long circular for magic loop. Or the correct size needle to obtain gauge.

Important Needle Note: For the smallest size you will need either 12-inch circular needles or work the entire hat on double-pointed needles, or use the magic loop technique with a 32-inch or longer circular needle. For the 3-6 month size I used a 16-inch circular needle and it works fine. It’s a stretch at first but then it loosens up as you work up the hat.

Gauge: 3 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch with the worsted weight yarn held doubled

Abbreviations:

K  Knit

P  Purl

K2tog  Knit two stitches together

BLinc  Make a backwards loop on the right needle to increase one stitch.

Here is a good video tutorial for BLinc. : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DqvG3LoYiI

SSK  Slip two stitches separately and as if to knit, place the slipped stitches back on the left needle, then knit two stitches together through the back loops.

Dpn(s) Double-pointed needle(s)

St(s) Stitch(es)

Rnd(s) Round(s)

Special technique:

I-cord: Using two double-pointed needles, knit the stitches. *Do not turn. Slide the stitches to the other end of the double-pointed needle. Knit the stitches. Repeat from *.

CDD Center double-decrease. Slip two stitches together and as if to knit. Knit the next stitch. Pass the two slipped stitches over the first stitch and off the right needle.

Here is a good video tutorial for the CDD:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIV0rBQjpq8

Pattern Notes:

~ The hat starts at the brim. The yarn is held doubled throughout the hat. Begin with the selected color for the body of the hat.

~ The pattern is written for using a 16-inch circular needle for the brim and body of the hat and then switching to double-pointed needles as needed for the decrease sequence at the top of the hat. If you want to use double-pointed needles or magic loop for the entire hat adjust as needed.

Apple and Grape Chunky Harvest Hats

Apple and Grape Hats

Brim

With two strands held together and the circular needles, cast on 36 (42, 48, 54, 60, 66) stitches using the long-tail cast-on method.  Join to work in the round being careful not to twist the stitches. Place a stitch marker on the first stitch.

Rnds 1-4: (K1, p1) repeat to the end of the round.

Body of Hat

Knit every round until the hat measures 4 (4 ½, 5, 5 ½, 6, 7) inches from the cast on edge.

Decrease Sequence for the Top of the Hat

Apple Hat: Continue in the same color.

Grape Hat: Switch to the selected contrast color.

Switch to double-pointed needles when necessary.

Rnd 1: (K4, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round. 30 (35, 40, 45, 50, 55) sts.

Rnd 2: Knit.

Rnd 3: (K3, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round. 24 (28, 32, 36, 40, 44) sts.

Rnd 4: Knit.

Rnd 5: (K2, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round. 18 (21, 24, 27, 30, 33) sts.

Rnd 6: Knit.

Rnd 7: (K1, K2tog) repeat to the end of the round. 12 (14, 16, 18, 20, 22) sts.

Rnd 8: Knit.

Rnd 9: (K2tog) repeat to the end of the round. 6 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11) sts.

Apple Hat Only: Switch to selected stem color.

I-cord Stem

Place all of the remaining stitches onto one double-pointed needle. You will be using two double-pointed needles to knit the I-cord.

Begin working in I-cord.

Find the size you are making and follow those specific instructions.

Newborn: 6 sts on needle.

Row 1: Repeat (k2tog) three times. 3 sts.

Work in I-cord until it measures 2-inches.

Next row: K2tog, k1, pass the first stitch over and off the right needle. 1 st..

Cut the yarn leaving a 6-inch end and pull the end through the remaining stitch.

Go to Stem Finishing.

 

3-6 months: 7 sts on needle.

Row 1: Repeat (k2tog) three times, k1. 4 sts.

Row 2: K2tog, knit to end of row. 3 sts.

Work in I-cord until measures 2-inches.

Next row: K2tog, k1, pass the first stitch over and off the right needle. 1 st..

Cut the yarn leaving a 6-inch end and pull the end through the remaining stitch.

Go to Stem Finishing.

 

6-12 months: 8 sts on needles.

Row 1: Repeat (k2tog) four times. 4 sts.

Row 2: K2tog, knit to end of row. 3 sts.

Work in I-cord until measures 2-inches.

Next row: K2tog, k1, pass the first stitch over and off the right needle. 1 st..

Cut the yarn leaving a 6-inch end and pull the end through the remaining stitch.

Go to Stem Finishing.

 

Toddler/Small Child: 9 sts on needles.

Row 1: Repeat (k2tog) four times, k1. 5 sts.

Row 2: K2tog, k1, k2tog. 3 sts.

Work in I-cord until measures 2-inches.

Next row: K2tog, k1, pass the first stitch over and off the right needle. 1 st..

Cut the yarn leaving a 6-inch end and pull the end through the remaining stitch.

Go to Stem Finishing.

 

Large Child: 10 sts on needles.

Row 1: Repeat (k2tog) five times. 5 sts.

Row 2: K2tog, k1, k2tog. 3 sts.

Work in I-cord until measures 2-inches.

Next row: K2tog, k1, pass the first stitch over and off the right needle. 1 st..

Cut the yarn leaving a 6-inch end and pull the end through the remaining stitch.

Go to Stem Finishing.

 

Teen/Adult: 11 sts on needles.

Row 1: Repeat (k2tog) five times, k1. 6 sts.

Row 2: Repeat (K2tog) 3 times. 3 sts.

Work in I-cord until measures 2-inches.

Next row: K2tog, k1, pass the first stitch over and off the right needle. 1 st..

Cut the yarn leaving a 6-inch end and pull the end through the remaining stitch.

Go to Stem Finishing.

Stem Finishing for All Sizes

Place the end on a yarn needle. Pull the end through each stitch on the I-cord moving down toward the top of the hat. When you reach the top of the hat pull the end to the inside. Now gently pull the end until the stem curls at the end. Weave in the end on the inside of the hat and trim.

Weave in all ends on the inside of the hat and trim.

Leaf for Apple Hat:

Use selected leaf color and two double-pointed needles to work back and forth in rows.

To begin, pick up two stitches at the base of the stem by inserting the tip of the needle under the right leg of two consecutive stitches. Begin to work with the selected leaf yarn.

Row 1: K1, BLinc, k1. 3 sts.

Row 2: Purl.

Row 3: K1, BLinc, k1, BLinc, k1. 5 sts.

Row 4: Purl.

Row 5: K2, BLinc, k1, BLinc, k2. 7 sts.

Row 6: Purl.

Row 7: K1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1. 5 sts.

Row 8: Purl.

Row 9: K1, CDD, k1. 3 sts.

Row 10: Purl.

Row 11: CDD. 1 st.

Cut the yarn and pull through the remaining stitch. Place the end on a yarn needle. Weave in the end on the wrong side of the leaf to about halfway down from the tip of the leaf. Take several stitches to tack the leaf down to the top of the hat. Pull the end to the inside, weave in and trim.

All Hats: Block the hat as desired. The samples were soaked in cold water with wool wash. The excess water was gently squeezed out and the hats were laid flat to dry.

Yellow Squash Chunky Harvest Hat

Yellow Squash Hat

Brim

Work the same as for the Apple and Grape Hats through Round 4.

Body of Hat

Rnd 1: (P1, k1) repeat to the end of the round.

Rnd 2: (K1, p1) repeat to the end of the round.

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until the hat measures 4 (4 ½, 5, 5 ½, 6, 7) inches from the cast on edge. You can end after either a Round 1 or Round 2.

Top of Hat

Switch to the contrast color.

Complete the same as for the Apple and Grape Hats for the Decrease Sequence and for the I-cord Stem and Stem Finishing.

Pumpkin Chunky Harvest Hat

Pumpkin Hat

Brim

Start and work the same as for the Apple and Grape Hats through Round 4.

Body of Hat

Rnd 1: (P1, k5) repeat to the end of the round.

Repeat Round 1 until the hat measures 3½ (4, 4½, 5, 5½, 6½) inches from the cast on edge.

Leafy Top:

Tip: Carry the colors across the inside of the hat making relaxed floats. Be sure not to pull the floats too tight or the fabric will pucker.

MC is Main Color

CC is Contrast Color

Rnd 1: (P1MC, k2MC, k1CC, k2MC) repeat to the end of the round.

Rnd 2: (P1MC, k1MC, k3CC, k1MC) repeat to the end of the round.

Rnd 3: (K1MC, K5CC) repeat to the end of the round.

Cut the Main Color and continue on with the Contrast Color only for the rest of the hat.

Finish the Decrease Sequence for the Top of the Hat and the I-cord Stem and Stem Finishing the same as for the Apple and Grape Hats.

Eggplant Chunky Harvest Hat

Eggplant Hat

Work the same as for the Apple and Grape Hats until the body of the hat measures 3½ (4, 4½, 5, 5½, 6½) inches from the cast on edge.

Leafy Top:

Tip: Carry the colors across the inside of the hat making relaxed floats. Be sure not to pull the floats too tight or the fabric will pucker.

MC is Main Color

CC is Contrast Color

Rnd 1: (K3MC, k1CC, k2MC) repeat to the end of the round.

Rnd 2: (K2MC, k3CC, k1MC) repeat to the end of the round.

Rnd 3: (K1MC, k5CC) repeat to the end of the round.

Cut the Main Color and continue on with the Contrast Color only for the rest of the hat.

Finish the Decrease Sequence for the Top of the Hat and the Stem Finishing the same as for the Apple and Grape Hats.

©Barrett Wool Co. 2016

This pattern is for personal use only. Charity and fundraising hat knitting is always welcome. 

Harvest Hats

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