CHESTERMAN HAT © Project Weekend Creative LTD. 2019

CHESTERMAN HAT PATTERN

Nothing is more classic than a fisherman style beanie, and nothing is more comfortable than one knit up in Project Weekends' buttery-soft LOLL yarn.  Perfect for all those long contemplative beach walks.

Constructed in a classic 2x2 rib stitch pattern, this beanie features a soft fold-able cuff and close silhouette that instantly shelters you from the outside cold. It's a go-to classic that always seems to work with every outfit you put together.  

Our Project Weekend LOLL yarn features a special blend of Highland Wool and Alpaca fibers creating soft-as-a-kitten warmth and squishiness. Sustainably sourced and 100% naturally soft, (not chemically softened), LOLL is grown in the beautiful highlands of Peru and spun in a Fair Trade Certified facility.

With cashmere-like softness, Project Weekend LOLL is not too chunky or hot, making it a perfect choice for all of your upcoming projects  (hats, scarves, sweaters, blankets, cowls, interiors accessories).  And because it's naturally anti-itch, it's perfect for all those baby gifts you want to make or for anyone who is sensitive to the itch of natural wool.

PROJECT SKILL LEVEL : INTERMEDIATE

Intermediate projects may use more involved stitch patterns, color work, and/or more technical increases and decreases to create shaping. They may also involve more complicated cast-on, bind-off and finishing techniques.  

TIME TO MAKE

4-5 Hours

PATTERN SIZE

Adult : One size Fits Most (21.5” to 23.25”) 

PROJECT MEASUREMENTS

Finished Circumference (relaxed) : 15”
Finished Height (uncuffed): 12” 

GAUGE

20 stitches in 2x2 rib stitch x 16 rows = 4" x 4" square

CHESTERMAN HAT KIT

SPEND MORE TIME MAKING AND LESS TIME RUNNING AROUND SOURCING SUPPLIES. Project Weekends' all-in-one Chesterman Hat Kit contains all of the necessary tools and supplies to get you started. (Knitting Needles optional with kit purchase) 

KIT CONTENTS

  • 1 ball of Project Weekend's LOLL, our exclusive "naturally soft, not chemically softened" 65% Fine Peruvian Highland Wool / 35% Superfine Peruvian Alpaca yarn. Each ball weighs 125 GR. (4.4oz) and has 125m (137y). 
  • 1 pair of  7mm / US 10.75 16” Circular Knitting Needles    (optional with kit purchase)
  • 1 Knitters' Sewing Needle 
  • 1 Stitch Marker
  • 1 "PROJECT WEEKEND x ME." Woven Label
  • 1 "MADE FOR YOU" Maker Gift Hangtag
  • 1 Organic Cotton Project Bag

TECHNIQUE TUTORIAL VIDEOS & ILLUSTRATIONS

Not sure how to knit a specific technique? No worries, we've got your back! We've created videos and step-by-step illustrations for you to reference, so your project won't miss a beat. They are conveniently located throughout and at the end of the pattern for you to click and learn from.
Happy Knitting!

A QUICK NOTE ABOUT GAUGE 

Taking some time before starting a knit project to make a gauge swatch can make all the difference between project success and total complete frustration.

A gauge swatch will tell you if you are knitting too tightly or too loose for the pattern you are creating. It helps make sure that what you are knitting will measure out and fit just right. If you are new to knitting, you can also think of the gauge swatch as a test run for learning your stitches before you start your main project.

Cast-on with the recommended gauge swatch stitch count and knit the number of rows indicated to achieve gauge.  Once finished, your swatch should measure out to 4” x 4”. If your swatch comes out too small, it means you are knitting too tightly, so loosen up your stitch tension a bit. If your swatch comes out larger than 4”x 4”, you are knitting too loosely, so tighten up your stitch. Once you have found your gauge, unravel your swatch & begin knitting your project! 

PROJECT NOTES

This project is knit in-the-round using a circular needle. Watch the video How to Use Circular Knitting Needles - Joining In-the-Round and How to Use Circular Knitting Needles - Magic Loop Method for a demonstration of these techniques.

How to Use Circular Needles - Joining In the Round

How to Use Circular Knitting Needles - Magic Loop Method

PATTERN ABBREVIATIONS

K2: Knit 2 stitches
P2: Purl 2 stitches
K2Tog: Knit the next two stitches together at the same time (a decrease of 1 stitch)
P2Tog: Purl the next two stitches together at the same time (a decrease of 1 stitch) 

PATTERN

1.  With a 6” to 8” long yarn tail, make a slip knot and cast-on 68 stitches using the Alternating Cable Cast-On Method for 2x2 Rib.

2.  Set Up Row: *K2, P2 repeat from * to the end of row, making sure to swap up the cast-on stitches on the left needle to correspond to the stitch required for the 2x2 rib pattern.  Watch our video How to Cast-On Using Alternating Cable Cast-On Method for 2x2 Rib. 

3.  Place a stitch marker on your right needle and join the work in the round, being careful not to twist any stitches.

4.  Round 1: *K2, P2 repeat from * to the end of the round, transfer the stitch marker from the left to the right needle.

5.  Round 2 & onwards: Repeat round 1 until work measures 11.5” from the cast on edge, transferring the stitch marker from the left to the right needle at the end of each round.

6.  SHAPING THE CROWN

Round 1: *K2Tog, P2, K2, P2 repeat from * 8 times, then K2Tog, P2 (59 stitches)
Round 2: *K1, P2, K2Tog, P2 repeat from * 8 times, then K1, P2 (51 stitches)
Round 3: *K1, P2Tog, K1, P2 repeat from * 8 times, then K1, P2Tog (42 stitches)
Round 4: *K1, P1, K1, P2Tog repeat from * 8 times, then K1, P1 (34 stitches)
Round 5: *K2Tog repeat from * until you reach stitch marker (17 stitches)

TIP: Decreasing down to just a few stitches on your circular needles can make for some pretty tight stitches that are a challenge to knit. To help make knitting these last few rows easier, use the Magic Loop Method for the crown shaping. Watch our video Circular Needles - Magic Loop Method for a demonstration of this technique. 

FINISHING

7.  Remove the stitch marker and cut a yarn tail approximately 10” long and thread it onto the knitters sewing needle.

8.  Beginning with the first stitch of the next row, pass the needle through each of the remaining stitches, carefully transferring them over from your knitting needle onto the yarn tail.

9.  Remove the knitting needles and gently pull the yarn tail so the crown stitches close up snugly and neatly. Insert the needle through the very top of the hat at the crown closure through to the interior of the hat. Turn the hat inside out and secure the remaining tail.

CLOSING UP THE CAST-ON ROUNDS

10.  Insert the cast-on yarn tail through the knitters sewing needle and close up the bottom two rows of your hat by weaving through each open side, carefully mimicking the yarn direction of the cast on stitch pattern.

11.  Once the work is closed up, weave in loose ends and proudly sew on your Project Weekend x Me. woven label. 

TECHNIQUE VIDEOS

How to make a slip-knot

How to Use Circular Needles -  Joining In The Round

How to Cast-On Using Alternating Cable Cast-On for 2x2 Rib  Method

How to Use Circular Needles - Magic Loop Method

How to Knit the 2x2 Rib stitch (K2, P2)

How to Use Stitch Markers

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