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    5-hour Hat and Gaiter

    [The yarn used for this pattern has since been discontinued.]

    This hat and gaiter pattern is a quick and warm knit perfect for beginners or for those (like me) who need a quick and fast project. Knitting took 5 hours total. The hat is made for a 22-23" head. I can pull it firmly down over my ears and it fits great. If you don't want to smoosh your hair, you may want to increase the total length before decreasing.


    Yarn: Both the hat and gaiter can be made from one 8-oz. skein of Dyeabolical Unspun 2-ply roving/yarn with plenty left over for a longer crown, longer gaiter, a giant pom-pom, ear flaps, ties, wristwarmers or just to keep on your desk to reach over and smoosh every so often.

    Gauge: 9 stitches = 4", post steam blocking

    Needle size: I used US 11 double points. I am a notoriously loose knitter. You may find it easier to get gauge on US 13.


    Using knitted cast on, cast on 40 stitches on a size 11 dpn

    Row 1, 3, 5, 7: Knit
    Rows 2, 4, 6, 8: Purl
    Rows 9: [k2tog, k8] around--36 stitches remain
    Row 10-26: Knit
    Row 27: [k2tog, k2] around--27 stitches remain
    Row 28: knit
    Row 29: [k2tog, k1] around--18 stitches remain
    Row 30: Knit
    Row 31: [k2tog] around--9 stitches remain
    Row 32: k2tog around to last stitch, knit last stitch

    Break yarn, weave through remaining stitches and pull tight. Weave in ends. Steam block to finish.


    C/O 44 stiches on size 11
    Row 1, 3, 5: Knit
    Row 2, 4, 6: Purl
    Row 7: *K2tog, K9* around--40 stitches
    Row 8-18: Knit
    Row 19: *Pfb, K9* around--44 stitches
    Row 20, 22, 24: Knit
    Row 21, 23: Purl
    Row 25: Cast off

    Weave in ends. Steam block to finish.

    You can also use the gaiter as a headband!
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