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Pinky just kinda came to me (as most things do for most people, I'm assuming) after being asked by Amy to design something for the Man Issue.

I like my designs to be unexpected... in color, design, shape. This is an absolutely unexpected hat. Bend it to your will, wear it as you please.

model: John Brinegar

One [stretch to fit from child to large adult]

Length: Approx. 17 inches
Circumference: 16 inches



Gedifra Donatella [80% New Wool, 20% Polyamide; 72yds/65m per 50g ball]
[MC]: Color: #2056 Hot Pink; 1 ball
[CC]: Color: #2204 Red; 1 ball

1 set US 10/6mm straight needles
Cable needle
Tapestry needle

13.5 sts/20 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch



[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations can be found here]

K1 below: When knitting next stitch, insert needle knitwise into center front of stitch BELOW next stitch on left needle. Knit this stitch as usual, dropping stitch on left needle from left needle when the new stitch is complete.

Loop Lace Pattern (Worked over a mutliple of 6 sts + 5):
Row 1 [RS]: Sl 1, k2, k2tog, yo, [k1 below, yo, k2tog, k1, sl 1, k1, psso, yo] to last 6 sts, k1 below, yo, k2tog, k3.
Row 2 [WS]: Sl 1, sl next st to cable needle and hold to back of work, p2, p1 from cable needle, p3, [sl next st to cable needle and hold to back of work, p2, p1 from cable needle, p3] to last 4 sts, sl next st to cable needle and hold to back of work, p2, p1 from cable needle, k1.

Repeat these 2 rows for Lace and Cable Pattern.


Note: Slip first st of each row purlwise.

Using MC, CO 59 sts. P 1 row [WS].
Work 21 rows in Loop Lace Pattern, ending with RS row.
P 1 row.
Using CC, work 2 rows in stockinette st, and cont as follows:

Decrease Row [RS]: Sl 1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
P 1 row.
Repeat these 2 rows 7 times more.

Work Decrease Row once more. 41 sts rem.
Using MC, p 1 row.

Work Decrease Row.
Repeat these 2 rows 6 times more. 27 sts rem.

Using CC, p 1 row.
Work Decrease Row.
Repeat these 2 rows 10 times more. 5 sts rem.

P 1 row.
Next row [RS]: Sl 1, ssk, k2tog.
P 1 row.
Break yarn, leaving a tail at least 2 feet long; draw tail through rem sts, pull tight.


Use tail to sew hat together along long edge.
Weave in ends.


Born in Indiana, John first learned to crochet when he
was 19. Soon after, he took up knitting, spinning,
dyeing, and has been involved in fiber arts ever
since. With a color theory and fine arts background
from John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, he is
constantly searching for and interested in different
ways of exploring design and color relationships.

John is currently designing for Knit.1’s upcoming
men’s issue, Lion Brand Yarns, Quiksilver, and now
proudly adds to that list.