On the Diamond Trail
I love hunting for complex looking stitch patterns which are surprisingly easy. This Eyelet Twist Panel looks so effective but is easy to execute. Hats are perfect for trying out new patterns.
Yarn: DK weight, approx 180 yards (I used 55 grams of my chosen yarn)
Gauge: 5 ½ stitches per inch, although I don’t take notice of gauge on hats!
Needles: 4mm 16” circular and 4mm DPNs for crown (I personally switch to magic loop)
Notions: Needle & stitch marker
2×2 Tubular Cast On – I won’t detail this here in case you decide to use your own favourite cast on, but I used a tubular cast on, it looks the part and is very very stretchy! If you decide you want to try this method, go to – http://pennylane.blogspot.com/2009/09/tubular-cast-on-and-bind-off-for-2×2.html
Abbreviations used in this pattern –
YO – yarn over: wrap the yarn around right needle
SSK – slip, slip, knit slipped stitches tog. A decrease
K2TOG – knit 2 stitches together
SSSK – slip, slip, slip, knit 3 slipped stitches together. A double decrease
SL1 – slip a stitch knit-wise
*_* – Repeat instructions between asterisks, for whole round in this instance
Cast on 116 stitches – join to work in the round being careful not to twist the stitches, place marker.
- Work *K2, P2* ribbing for 1”
- Work one round in plain knit, making 1 stitch at the beginning of the round = 117 stitches.
Stitch Pattern consists of 18 rows -
Row 1 (and all odd rows 1-17): Knit
2: *K1, (yo, ssk) twice, k3, (k2tog, yo) twice, k1*
4: *K2, (yo, ssk) twice, k1 (k2tog, yo) twice, k2*
6: *K3, yo, ssk, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k2tog, yo, k3*
8: *K4, yo, sssk, yo, k2tog, yo, k4*
10: *K4, (k2tog, yo) twice, k5*
12: *K3, (k2tog, yo) twice, k1, yo, ssk, k3*
14: *K2, (k2tog, yo) twice, k1, (yo, ssk) twice, k2*
16: *K1, (k2tog, yo) twice, k3, (yo, ssk) twice, k1*
18: *(k2tog, yo) twice, k5, (yo, ssk) twice*
Work rows 1-18 three times
Row 1 (and all odd rows up to row 17): Knit
2: *K2tog, yo, k2tog, k9*
4: *K2tog, yo, k2tog, k8*
6: *K2tog, yo, k2tog, k7*
8: *K2tog, yo, k2tog, k6*
10: *K2tog, yo, k2tog, k5*
12: *K2otg, yo, k2tog, k4*
14: *K2tog, yo, k2tog, k3*
16: *K2tog, yo, k2tog, k2tog*
Break of yarn, weave through remaining stitches, pull tight and weave in any ends.