Wednesday, July 30, 2014

"Manchester Slouch" Free Hat Pattern!

The Manchester Slouch is a quick, simple hat I designed for my mannequin to wear in my booth at this year's Knit & Crochet Show in Manchester, New Hampshire. I had so many inquiries that I've decided to publish the pattern. It is knit in the round, seamlessly, from the brim up with approximately 50 grams of DK weight merino yarn. The finished hat is blocked over a dinner plate to make a light, breezy slouch. It's an easy knit - just be mindful of those yarn overs!

"Manchester Slouch"
I also have a printable pdf version here:

medium adult woman/teen

Morning Bright Holistic Merino DK (240 yards/100 grams)
Main color: approximately 30g "Lupine"
Contrast color: approximately 20g "Rarity"

20 stitches and 27 rows over 4" in stockinette with larger needles, unblocked

Suggested needles:
I used US size 6 and 8 circular needles on a 16" cable for the brim and body of the hat, and a longer cable for magic looping at the crown. You could also use double point needles.

The hat will seem small, but remember that it will be blocked over a dinner plate, which will stretch it considerably.

Other materials:
You will need a ruler/measuring tape, a tapestry needle, and a dinner plate. I used a 10.5" diameter plate - I wouldn't recommend using one smaller, but a little larger would be fine.

CO - cast on
mc - main color
cc - contrasting color
pm - place marker
st(s) - stitch(es)
k1p1 - knit 1, purl 1
kfb - knit into the front and back of the st (increases 1 st)
yo - yarn over
k2tog - knit 2 sts together
k3tog - knit 3 sts together
#x - repeat # times

Beginning with the brim on smaller needles, CO 88 sts with mc, pm and join into round (being careful not to twist sts). Work k1p1 rib until brim measures 1.75" from CO edge.

next round: *k3, kfb* - repeat from * to * around - 110 sts

Switch to larger needles.

Mesh round: *yo, k2tog* around - 110 sts

Repeat Mesh round until hat measures 3" from CO edge.
Cut mc and continue with cc until hat measures 5" from CO edge.
Cut cc and work Mesh round for 1" with mc.

Decrease rounds (with mc). Switch to magic loop or double points when sts become too tight to work on circulars:
round 1: *[yo, k2tog] 4x, k2tog* around - 99 sts
round 2: *[yo, k2tog] 3x, yo, k3tog* around - 88 sts
round 3: *[yo, k2tog] 3x, k2tog* around - 77 sts
round 4: *[yo, k2tog] 2x, yo, k3tog* around - 66 sts
round 5: *[yo, k2tog] 2x, k2tog* around - 55 sts
round 6: *yo, k2tog, yo, k3tog* around - 44 sts
round 7: *yo, [k2tog] 2x* around - 33 sts
round 8: *yo, k3tog* around - 22 sts
round 9: *k2tog* around - 11 sts

Cut yarn and use a tapestry needle to weave end through remaining sts on needles, tighten firmly. Weave in all ends.

Wet block hat over a dinner plate - stretching the mesh and centering the crown. Allow to dry and enjoy!!

~Becky Foster, Morning Bright Yarn & Fiber Company

I like how it looks unblocked, too :)

And here it is in "Granite" and "Rich"

I'd love to see your finished hat! Email me a pic at or come share in my "Morning Bright" group on

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Rafu-Sen Shawl Pattern

I'm so excited to announce a new pattern designed with Morning Bright yarns! Susan Elizabeth has worked her magic and designed a beautiful and wonderfully constructed shawl she named "Rafu-Sen". I've knit mine with less than two skeins of my Holistic Merino Fingering in the colorway "Lion". Here's my lovely daughter, River, modeling it

It's an easy knit, with textured stripes to keep it interesting. It was written with instructions for making colored stripes, too. Susan's a fantastic pattern writer with very clear and easy to follow instructions, including stitch counts after each row. I'm honored that she chose to design this with Morning Bright yarn!

Also, my Etsy shop will be closed this week from Wednesday 7/23 - Monday 7/28 while I'm vending at the Knit and Crochet Show in Manchester, New Hampshire. This is shaping up to be an absolutely amazing 5 days of workshops, shopping, and fiber fun - I hope some of you will stop by booth #405 to say hello!