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Knitting a matching plaid hat for the Choux Cowl

This week, I’m knitting with Rozetti Yarns Alaska, a light and airy yarn that wraps one in warmth and softness.

Today I’m making a hat to match the Choux Cowl. I was so impressed with the plaid patterning of the cowl I made yesterday, that I want to make a hat to go with it, but with the colors reversed.

Join me today as I reverse the colors for the toque that matches the Choux Cowl! The effect is awesome! And again, Rozetti Yarn Alaska is so light yet warm.
Join me today as I reverse the colors for the toque that matches the Choux Cowl! The effect is awesome! And again, Rozetti Yarn Alaska is so light yet warm.

materials

  • 1 ball of MC – Stormy, and 1 ball of CC – Frozen Pond
  • 32” US5 [3.75mm] circular needle (magic loop), or dpns
  • 32” US6 [4mm] circular needle (magic loop), or dpns
  • stitch marker

gauge 20 sts, and 30 rows over 4” [10cm] using US6 [4mm] needle in pattern

finished measurements approximately 19” circumference, 10” height, to fit size medium head. The rib is very stretchy, so if you knit loosely, you may need to use a smaller sized needle for the rib section.

Using MC and US5 [3.75mm] needles, cast on 90 stitches, and join in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches. Place a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round.

Knit a 1×1 rib (K1, P1) for 3”. On the last round, increase evenly by 6 stitches (96 stitches).

Change to US6 [4mm] needles and proceed to work the plaid pattern as follows:

(multiple of 4 sts)

Odd Rounds 1-7: With MC, knit to end.

Even Rounds 2-6: With CC, * k3, sl 1 purlwise wyib; rep from * to end.

Round 8: With MC, knit to end.

Repeat Rounds 1-8 for pattern for a total of 4 pattern sets.  Your work should measure approximately 7” from the cast on edge.

Knitting a hat with the plaid pattern to match the Choux Cowl using Magic Loop
Knitting a hat with the plaid pattern to match the Choux Cowl using Magic Loop

Once all pattern sets are complete, it’s time to start the decreases for the crown. I want to keep the plaid pattern throughout the crown, so the decrease sequence is as follows:

Round 1: With MC, k5, k2tog, * k6, k2tog; rep from * to 1 stitch remaining, k1. (84 stitches)

Round 2: With CC, * k3, sl 1 purlwise wyib, k2, sl 1 purlwise wyib; rep from * to end.

Round 3: With MC, knit to end.

Round 4: Same as Round 2.

Round 5: With MC, k4, k2tog, * k5, k2tog; rep from * to 1 stitch remaining, k1. (72 stitches}

Round 6: With CC, * k3, sl 1 purlwise wyib, k1, sl 1 purlwise wyib; rep from * to end.

Rounds 7 & 8: With MC, knit to end.

Round 9: With MC, * k4, k2tog; rep from * to end.  (60 stitches)

Round 10: With CC, * k3, sl 2 purlwise wyib; rep from * to end.

Round 11: With MC, knit to end.

Round 12: Same as Round 10.

Round 13: With MC, * k3, k2tog; rep from * to end. (48 stitches)

Round 14: With CC, * k3, sl 1 purlwise wyib; rep from * to end.

Round 15 & 16: With MC, knit to end.

Round 17: With MC, * k1, k2tog,* k2, k2tog; rep from * to end. (36 stitches)

Round 18: With CC, * k2, sl 1 purlwise wyib; rep from * to end.

Round 19: With MC, knit to end.

Round 20: Same as Round 18.

Round 21: With MC, * k2tog, k1; rep from * to end. (24 stitches)

Round 22: With CC, * k1, sl 1 purlwise wyib; rep from * to end.

Round 23: With MC, knit to end.

Round 24: With MC, k2tog to end, cut yarn and gather up remaining 12 stitches with a tapestry needle and weave in ends.

Finished Hat with plaid pattern from the Choux Cowl
Finished Hat with plaid pattern from the Choux Cowl

The hat is designed to be worn with the ribbed band turned up to provide a doubled fabric over the ears. This way, it will be warm and soft to wear on a cold winter’s day.

I’m very happy with the finished product. Now I’m looking forward to making a lightweight cowl to be worn with my new hat. Join me tomorrow as I use Alaska to knit a lacy cowl to complete my ensemble.

This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3: Knitting with Alaska – the Choux Cowl

Go back to part 5: In Stormy Alaska, leftover yarn is a knitted lacy cowl to the rescue

About Cindy O'Malley

Cindy O'Malley has been knitting since age 5, and is a test knitter for a yarn company. Actively involved with knitting organizations and events such as the Toronto Knitters Guild, TTC Knitalong, and Toronto Knitters Frolic, she also authors the blogsite CindooKnits, and now writes for KNITmuch.

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