Dulaan or Bust!
This is Franklin. He is the mastermind behind the Chicago Dulaan Knit in and the host with the most! I met a bunch of knitters--we practically overran the JohnEvans Alumni Center at Northwestern University. Also in the picture is Melinda-she sat at the table where I was also knitting.
I also met Mary (who is going to Hong Kong--I'm so jealous!), Louann (no blog), Debbie and Kathy (I think or maybe it was Katherine). Anyway, I had tons of fun and I even completed a project that I had started that day.
This is the Dulaan 'Fetching' hat. I have just made the Fetching Mitts from Knitty and thought how fun it would be to create a hat from the cuff pattern. I used Wool of the Andes from Knit Picks and size 10 dpns. This pink color seems to not be available now...but I think that it would be stunning in mauve or wine, too.
So, this is how I knit this baby up:
Yarn: Wool of the Andes Bulky, Pink. I don't know how much of this I used--I had some left over from a previous project.
Needles: Clover Bamboo Double Points, size 10
Other tools: spare dpn or cable needle, darning needle to weave in ends, marker
Using the cable cast on, I cast on 80 sts. Divide over 4 needles. Join, being careful not to twist. You may want to place a marker between the first and last stitches.
Row 1-3: Knit 4, purl 1 to the end
Row 4: Using your spare dpn or cable needle, slip 2 sts from the left needle, move to the back. Knit 2, knit the 2 slipped sts, purl 1 to the end
Repeat rows 1-4 two more times. You will have 3 cables.
After knitting row 4 for the third cable, knit 4, purl 1 until you have about 3 inches of ribbing (I did about 11 rows).
After you have the length you desire, you need to decrease to make the top of the hat. I followed the ribbing pattern to do this and I think it turned out to be very pretty on its own!
Decrease Row 1: knit 2, knit 2 together, purl 1 to the end (64 sts left).
Row 2: knit 3, purl 1 to the end
Row 3: knit 1, knit 2 together, purl 1 to the end (48 sts left)
Row 4: knit 2, purl 1 to the end
Row 5: knit 2 together, purl 1 to the end (32 sts left)
Row 6: knit 1, purl 1 to the end
Row 7: knit 2 together to the end (16 sts left)
Row 8: knit to the end.
Break yarn, leaving about a 8-10 inch tail, and using the darning needle, draw yarn through the remaining sts, pull tight. Weave in the ends and you are done!
Please email me at gracedlee AT gmail DAHT com if you have any questions!