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Loc'd and Loaded

Loc'd and Loaded
Yep, yet another hat. This one is a cross between a toque and a skull cap, I guess. Not so much a pattern as much as my hastily scrawled notes cleaned up a bit for sharing.

It was made to fit my 23.5" head and growing dreads so most people will have to make some adjustments. But, for now, here are my notes for my Loc'd and Loaded.

For what ever reason, I did not specify needle size but I'd say I used 4.0mm/4.5mm needles. My Rav entry for the hat list 4mm but I have not been able to duplicate the gauge of the original with 4mm needles throughout. I would say I had used larger than suggested needles for the mesh or else I really relaxed my grip thus my tension. The original finished hat has a gauge of,

Stocking St - 5 st x 10 rows = 2.5cm (approx 1")
Mesh St 1 - 5 st x 5 rows = 2.5cm (approx 1")

This all worked out when I measured the hat to confirm my notes.

I like the edge to roll a bit so I work stocking stitch but you could work 1x1 ribbing or something else to avoid the roll. I also like my hats to fit low over my forehead so keep that in mind as well. No idea at all why I changed mesh stitches part way through, probably screwed up then decided to go with it but feel free to ignore the shift.

This hat uses approximately 90m of yarn.

Mesh St. 1
R1 - *k2tog, yo* to end of round
R2 - k
Repeat these 2 rounds for pattern.

Mesh St 2
R1 - *yo, k2tog* to end of round
R2 - k
R3 - *k2tog, yo*
R4 - k
Repeat these four rounds for pattern.

Cast on 90st with 4.0mm needles joining for working in the round.

Work 12 rounds stocking stitch (knit every round)
Switch to larger needles.
Work 12cm mesh stitch 1 ending on a knit round.
Work 6cm mesh stitch 2 ending on a knit round.
K2tog around.
*k2tog, k1* around
k2tog around
Cut working yarn leaving at least 20cm for closing top of hat.
Weave tail of yarn through live stitches 3 or 4 times, carefully drawing stitches together to close top. Secure and you are done.

stitch detail

Loc'd and Loaded pdf
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