lacy hat

This lovely hat began as a horrible failure of a sock pattern. I wanted to make lacy socks with my handspun yarn time and my gauge was off. The sock was so big that I knew I was going to have to frog it or donate them to the nearest bariatric hospice. While ripping, I found a hat waiting to happen.

This hat is fairly deep. It can be pulled over the ears and forehead on blustery days or worn higher on the head with plenty of room for a ponytail.

The Lacy Girly Fancy Hat looks best with mismatched clothes and a spaghetti sauce beard.

Yarn: One skein Lanaloft Worsted, 160 yards. Any worsted weight yarn should do. (Isabel received this hand painted skein when we toured the Brown Sheep factory–no other yarn will do for her. I’ve never seen this colorway in stores. A solid color would show the lace better.)

Needles: Toddler requires size 7 double pointed needles, larger sizes can be worked on16” size 7 Addi Turbo circular needle until decreases, then worked on double pointed needles to finish crown.

Finished Size: Toddler(Child, Teen/Adult): 14 (17, 20) inches around before blocking, can be wet-blocked out larger for a slouchy fit.

Lace Pattern: (Gull Wing Lace–a favorite of Elizabeth Zimmerman)

Round 1: *K2tog, YO, K3, YO, SSK, repeat from * to end
Round 2: Knit across
Round 3: *K1, K2tog, YO, K1, YO, SSK, K1, repeat from * to end
Round 4: Knit across

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