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Entrelac Hat

I was planning a workshop on entrelac knitting and started playing around with different ideas. This hat was one of the results. It is shaped at the crown by using progressively smaller blocks.

This is a good beginner project for those new to entrelac knitting. To avoid having those awkward triangles at the end of rows I have designed it to use circular needles and dpns. With entrelac you can sometimes use circular needles with a smallish number of sts where ordinary knitting would not work. I started on a 16" circ and changed to dpns only when it was necessary.

To make a larger sized hat - see below.

Yarn used — Sirdar Country Style (light DK) in 2 colours (A & B)

Needles — dpns 3.75mm (optional - 16" or smaller circular needle same size)

Size — infants small

Note — instead of turning every few sts, I prefer to use the "knit backwards" procedure.

With colour A, cast on 56 sts, join into circle and work k2 p2 rib for 8 rounds.

Base triangles: k2, * turn, p2, turn, k3, turn, p3, turn, k4, turn, p4, turn, k5, turn, p5, turn, k6, turn, p6, turn, k7, turn, p7, turn, K10* repeat across, ending last repeat K8. (7 triangles, each of 8 sts, on needle.)

1st round rectangles (leaning right): Turn so wrong side is facing. Working from tip to base of last triangle, purl up 8 sts, *turn and k8, turn and p7, p2tog (8th st tog with 1 in waiting from prev row)* rep from * to * 6 times more.

2nd round rectangles (leaning left): Working from tip to base of last triangle, knit up 7 sts, *turn and p8, turn and k7, k2tog* rep from * to * 6 times more.

3rd round: As 1st round, but pick up 6 sts instead of 8

4th round: As 2nd round but pick up 5 sts instead of 7

5th round: As 1st round but pick up 4 sts

6th round: Work in same direction as 2nd round but pick up 3 sts AND after the first square, join each subsequent one to its neighbour by working 2 tog at end of EACH row. At end of last square cast off last 3 sts and sew to its neighbour. (Alternatively, graft it using Kitchener st if you are comfortable with it.)

To adapt to other sizes:

  1. Work with thicker wool and bigger needles, or
  2. Work more base triangles, or
  3. Work bigger base triangles.

As you can see, the width is decided by the measurement diagonally across each square.
For this hat I have used 7 squares, each of 8 sts. To make it about half as big again I could use 7 squares of 12 sts.

The shaping is done by reducing the number of sts by 1 in each subsequent round.

Copyright 1997 Lorraine J Major
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