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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.



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    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.

    Hat

    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.

    Gaiter/Neckwarmer/Headband

    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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