Posted on Tuesday, July 26 2011 at 12pm
Inspired by the sun-baked colours of southern Africa, this Fair Isle hat by Tanis Gray is knitted in a superfine alpaca. The yarn, from Artesano, feels wonderfully soft and light enough to be worn all year round. In fact, it’s ideal for a breezy day out at the beach or a night sitting outside under the stars after a barbecue.
You can get hold of this pattern by buying a digital version of The Knitter Issue 34.
Edged with corrugated ribbing in three colours, the hat features a graphic design like that seen on many South African textiles, with duplicate stitching used to highlight the block patterns.
To fit an average adult head of 56cm circumference.
Artesano Alpaca DK (DK weight; 100% pure superfine alpaca; 100m/50g balls)
One ball each of the following:
A Shade 5340 (Brazil)
B Shade 8774 (Ecuador)
C Shade SFN10 (Cream)
D Shade 0178 (Peru)
E Shade 0785 (Bolivia)
Needles & Accessories
1 set 3.5mm (UK 9-10/US 4) circular needles, 40cm long
1 set 3.5mm (UK 9-10/US 4) double-pointed needles (DPNs)
24 sts and 26 rows to 10cm over Fair Isle patt on 3.5mm needles
Duplicate stitching is done at the very end before blocking. Switch to DPNs when knitting on a circular needle is no longer comfortable, at about Row 57. Alternatively you may use a longer circular needle and the Magic Loop method.