Thursday, October 27, 2016

Rugged Knits Pattern Highlight: Passing Glacier

I've had colorwork on the brain lately, planning for my upcoming class at Knit Fit in Seattle, so this week I'm going to highlight Passing Glacier, a worsted weight hat that's relatively quick to knit with a big payoff. This is a very toasty hat that will keep you comfy in the coldest weather.

- This hat starts off with a provisional cast-on so that you can work a soft inner brim. I used Road to China Light, a sport weight luxury yarn for mine
. Once you've completed the inside of the brim you'll switch to the contrast color of your main yarn and work a turning round, followed by the outside of the brim, worked in wide vertical stripes. Then you'll remove your provisional cast-on and join the live inner brim stitches to the outer brim, making a cozy, clean doubled brim with a secret soft layer inside.
- The rest of the hat is worked following color charts to get a gorgeous swirling stitch pattern.
- The crown decreases are incorporated into the color pattern.

This is a snug beanie that comes in three sizes to fit ladies and gents.

I used Istex Lettlopi for the main yarn and Fibre Company Road to China Light for the inside-brim yarn. I love that Lettlopi is incredibly warm and insulating, and it has that lovely bit of a halo too. Some folks can find it a bit scratchy, so I opted for a luxurious super soft yarn for the inside of the brim.

- Stick with a hearty wool yarn for warmth, durability, and easy colorwork. Wool has good elasticity, which is more forgiving in colorwork than plant fibres, silk, or alpaca.
- For a rustic, tweedy look, try one of my favorite worsted or aran yarns like Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, Imperial Yarn Columbia, or Cestari Traditional Two Ply.
- Use up your luxury sock yarn leftovers for the inside of the brim. 
- Try working this up in your favorite hand dyed worsted for a more watercolor look.

I love the secret soft inner brim and I'm particularly proud of the crown.

Be sure to use colors that have a strong contrast to make your color pattern pop. If you're not sure how well the colors contrast, take a picture of them together in black and white - if they still have a strong contrast without color, you're on the right track. For general colowork tips, check out the blog post I wrote for VeryShannon.com.

Be sure to use the hashtags #RuggedKnits#PassingGlacierHat, and #AndreaRangelKnits when you post pics of your Passing Glacier projects!


I'll be teaching three workshops at Knit Fit in Seattle November 12-13, 2016. Click here to sign up!


Finished Measurements

19.25 (20.75, 22.5)” (49 52.5, 57 cm) head circumference and 7.5” (19 cm) long.

Shown in size 20.75” (52.5 cm)


Worsted weight (#4 medium): 
Main Color (MC): 67 (72, 78) yd (61 66, 71 m). 
Contrast Color 1 (CC1): 41 (45, 48) yd (37 41, 44 m).

Shown here: Ístex Lettlopi (100% wool; 109 yd 100 m/50 g): colors #0053 Acorn Heather (MC), 1 skein; #0054 Light Ash Heather (CC1), 1 skein.

Sportweight (#2 Fine): 26 (28, 30) yd (24 25, 27 m).

Shown here: The Fibre Company Road to China Light (65% baby alpaca, 15% silk, 10% camel, 10% cashmere; 159 yd 145 m/50 g): color #710 Riverstone (CC2), 1 skein


Size U.S. 4 (3.5 mm): 16” (40 cm) circular (cir). 
Size U.S. 5 (3.75 mm): 16” (40 cm) circular (cir) and set of 4 or 5 double-pointed (dpn). 
Size U.S. 7 (4.5 mm): 16” (40 cm) circular (cir) and set of 4 or 5 double-pointed (dpn). 
Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.


Markers (m); size U.S. E-4 (3.5 mm) crochet hook; waste yarn; tapestry needle.


20 sts and 22 = 4” (10 cm) over chart using largest needles

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