November 21, 2023
Hey Knitters, Mark here from @bearsdenessentials with a pattern inspired by my love of the outdoors and the beauty of our small corner of heaven here in Montana. I just love the simplicity of clothing where less design is more.
My wife and I live in the Ruby Valley where the Tobacco Root Mountains border us to the north. Such a beautiful but rugged terrain of rocks sprouting over 10,000 feet.
This is the first in the line of hats from Bears Den Essentials inspired by the terrain that surrounds us in Southwest Montana.
Difficulty Level: Advanced Beginner
Skills Required/Techniques Used:
-Knit & Purl
-Working In the Round
Yarn: Lion Brand Heartland Yarn [251 Yards (230 meters) | 142 grams (5 oz) | Worsted Weight (Category 4)
Approx 20 sts X 25 rows = 4” x 4” using 4.5mm/US 7 needles in stockinette st
The Tobacco Root is designed to be slouchy and sized to fit an average adult’s head (22”-24”). Model has 23” circumference head.
Finished Circumference: 14” (35.5 cm) around brim, 17” (43.0 cm) around body of hat
Folded Brim Length: 2.5 (6.5 cm)”
Finished Hat Length 8.5” (21.59 cm) - brim folded in half
CONSTRUCTION OVERVIEW: This Beanie is worked in the round from the bottom up, starting with a 2x2 ribbing to create a folded-over brim. Body of hat entails colorwork to create a handsome striping design. Crown is a 4-corner decrease knit in stockinette stitch. The hat is worn slightly slouchy with room at the top. I recommend blocking it before wearing, and then moving forward hand wash it gently with your preferred wool wash.
With size US 6 (4.0 mm) circular needles, CO 88 sts using the double chain (Chinese Waitress) Cast On. Place stitch marker, then join in the round. Be careful not to twist the yarn.
Round 1: K2, p2 around to end-of-round marker, sm.
Continue working in ribbing (k2, p2) until work measures 5” (13 cm) from CO edge.
Round 1: K2tog, K 20 sts, K2tog, K 20 sts, K2tog, K 20 sts, K2tog, K 20 sts (84 sts left in row)
Round 2-6: K to end of row.
Change to CC1
Round 7-9: K to end of row.
Change to MC
Round 10: K to end of row.
Change to CC2
Round 11-13: K to end of row.
Change to MC
Round 14: K to end of row.
Change to CC3
Round 15-17: K to end of row.
Change to MC
Round 18: K to end of row.
Repeat round 18 to continue in the stockinette st pattern until piece measures 4.5” (11.5 cm) from ribbing edge.
Beginner’s Note: For troubleshooting common challenges, such as dropped stitches, knitting too tightly, or too loosely, check out this video on how to knit and troubleshoot.
CROWN: 4-corner Decrease
Change to size US 7 (4.5 mm) double-pointed needles when needed.
Round 1: *K2tog, k17, ssk, sm, repeat from * around to end-of-round marker, sm. (76 sts rem)
Round 2 (and all other even-numbered rounds): Knit around to end-of-round marker, sm.
Round 3: *K2tog, k15, ssk, sm, repeat from * around to end-of-round marker, sm. (68 sts rem)
Round 5: *K2tog, k13, ssk, sm, repeat from * around to end-of-round marker, sm. (60 sts rem)
Round 7: *K2tog, k11, ssk, sm, repeat from * around to end-of-round marker, sm. (52 sts rem)
Round 9: *K2tog, k9, ssk, sm, repeat from * around to end-of-round marker, sm. (44 sts rem)
Round 11: *K2tog, k7, ssk, sm, repeat from * around to end-of-round marker, sm. (36 sts rem)
Round 13: *K2tog, k5, ssk, sm, repeat from * around to end-of-round marker, sm. (28 sts rem)
Round 15: *K2tog, k3, ssk, sm, repeat from * around to end-of-round marker, sm. (20 sts rem)
Round 16: Knit around to end-of-round marker, sm.
Cut yarn leaving roughly 12” (30 cm), thread yarn through remaining sts, pull tightly, thread through rem sts, and secure on WS.
Block and weave in ends.
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