Free Pattern: Turkish Delight Pattern
Originally published in Black Purl Magazine. Check out my article from the magazine about this hat.
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This hat is made from a mitten chart I found in Magnificent Mittens by Anna Zilboorg. You can make a hat out of any mitten pattern. For an adult’s hat, you simply double the number of stitches and pattern repeats and knit the same length as you would for a mitten. Making a child’s hat from an adult mitten pattern is a little more complex. In this hat, I worked 3 repeats of the main pattern for the circumference and I worked for the full length. The hat will not pull down snugly on the top of the child’s head. Instead it will fold over on the top.
16 (21)” circumference
Because of the stranded colorwork, this hat is not stretchy. The color pattern also has a large repat of 27 stitches, so you can’t adjust the size by adding or removing a few stitches. To adjust the size, work with a looser tension on larger needles. You can probably go up to size 9 needles and still acheive a tension that shows up the pattern without the stitches looking sloppy.
Plymouth Galway Worsted (100% Wool, Worsted Weight, 210 yds/100g ball). 1 ball each in the colors of your choice for MC and CC.
Size 7 US circular needle, 16-inches long and set of 4 (5) double pointed needles, or size required to obtain gauge.
5 sts and 7 rows = 1″ over color pattern.
With MC, CO 82 (108) sts. Join to knit in the round, being careful not to twist sts.
Rnd 1: (K1tbl, p1) around.
Rep row 1, working in twisted rib, until brim measures approx 1″ from CO.
Change to stockinette stitch and decrease 1 (0) sts on next rnd–81 (108) sts.
When you reach the part of the chart with the decreases, arrange the stitches so one full pattern repeat is on a separate double pointed needle. Work the charted decreases as foll:
Skipping the white squares of the chart when you come to them, *work the first 3 sts as charted, k2tog with MC (first stitch shown on shaped portion of chart), work chart across to last 2 sts on the needle, ssk with MC (last stitch shown on shaped portion of chart). Rep from * on all 3 (4) working needles.
Note: The white squares on the chart are not stitches. They are blank areas showing where decreases have been made.
After working the last rnd of the chart, cut both colors leaving 6″ tails. Thread the tails onto a tapestry needle and pull them through the remaining sts to fasten off.
Weave in ends.
Make a twisted cord or braid approx 6″ long and attach it to the top of the hat.
Make a big fat tassel and attach it to the end of the cord. To make a tassel:
Cut a piece of cardboard 1/2 inch/1.5 cm longer than the finished tassel. (I actually used a CD jewel case.) Wrap yarn around the cardboard 25 times or until it’s as full as you like. Only half of the tassel is on one side of the cardboard, it will be twice as thick when finished.
Thread a 6 inch long piece of yarn between the cardboard and the yarn loops and tie a knot. Use these tails to attach the tassel to the cord. Slip the loops off the cardboard.
Bind the tassel near the top, just below the hanging loop as follows: Wrap a 10 inch/25 cm piece of yarn around the top of the tassel several times about 1/2 inch/1.5 cm from the top. Thread both tails in a needle and hide them in the center of the tassel. Cut open the bottom loops and trim the ends evenly.
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