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Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 114

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Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
Skinny Shamrock should have eaten more candy in February.

Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 114

Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
There is no reason the inside of your hat needs to be as messy as mine - I simply started with threads that were too short.
Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
This is a side-view of the hat. I like the diagonal line coming across.

This week, I put a shamrock on a baby's head and chat with Mary Jane Mucklestone.

The pattern is a "skinny" shamrock baby hat because I didn't quite get the leaves of the shamrock to be as round as I would like. I like it, anyway, and the color technique is still fun.

I used about 20 grams of leftover Simply Socks Yarn Company's Simply Solids sock yarn in grey for the main part of the hat and scraps of sock yarn in green. I made it over 88 stitches with #3 needles, but you could adjust the size and number of stitches pretty easily.

The hat is simple, with just one little magic trick. Each vertical-ish line of green in the hat gets its own length of independent green yarn. There are no floats at all. The green starts at the brim, then travels in a spiral around the body of the hat, and ends up forming the shamrock motif on top.

If you run out of green yarn, cut yourself another length, add it in, and continue. I underestimated how much yarn I would need and started with 12" lengths, which is why I had so many ends to weave in. (See my elder-god-like inside before I darned the ends.) But, the result is still very neat and the hat was fun to make.

When are you ready to work the crown, you place a marker after 22, 44, and 66 stitches. These stitch markers, along with the one at the beginning of the round, divide the top of your hat into 4 sections. Three of those sections will be worked by following the Shamrock Leaf chart, which has your color work and your decreases mapped out.

The last section, which is the one that includes your little vine of green yarn, is up to you. Do whatever twists you like with the green yarn, or just bring it up in a vertical line until it reaches the top. However, on every round which includes decreases on the Shamrock Leaf chart, work 2 decreases within this section, too.

After the hat includes only 16 stitches, break color 1, leaving a tail to darn in later, and continue with just green yarn, using whichever loose end is your longest.

I hope you like it. I think I will use this technique at least a few more times.


Mary Jane Mucklestone and I chatted about gruesome knitted eyeballs, 200 Fair Isle Motifs, and a whole bunch of other things. I had a great time, and I hope you enjoy it, too.