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I needed something to use up my remaining KnitPicks Swish Worsted, a very soft yarn that I only really had warm colors left of. This is what I came up with—a simple, chevron hat.
The fair isle helped give it extra bulk for warmth, but the plain rows aid it in staying stretchy. I tried to whip this up before I went visiting family, so it had to remain a fairly basic pattern in case I needed to finish it on the bus (which I did). It was a quick knit overall, would make a good gift, and would make an excellent scrapbuster if you were willing to do it in many different colors!
Modeled by my mom’s boyfriend. 🙂

-Gauge should be 20 sts per 4″ and 28 rows per 4″ using worsted weight yarn on circular needles. I had to use US size 10 needles, but I am an exceptionally tight knitter. You will need 2-3+ colors. Instructions provided for my color palette.
-It fits a 22.4″ head circumference, and up.

Cast on 112 sts to circulars in yellow. Join in the round. Place st marker to mark beginning of the round. Knit 2 by 2 ribbing for 6 rounds, then…

…begin knitting as indicated by chart.Chevron HatMeasure the length of the hat thus far. If it does not measure 5″ long yet, knit a couple of plain red rounds.

Crown Shaping
Place st markers every 14 sts. Decrease as follows.
Round 1: (k to 2 sts before marker, k2tog) to end
Round 2: knit to end
When 8 sts remain, skip round 2. Cut yarn, weave twice through live sts, pulling tightly. Weave in all loose ends.



These were originally designed as a gift for my brother’s sweetheart of a roommate! She loves a comic called “Bitch Planet,” a very feminist, very sci-fi exploration of women in prison as a genre.

-Gauge needs to be 24 sts per 4″ and 32 rows per 4″ in stockinette stitch with (light) worsted weight yarn . Use needles to get gauge! Any color choice works.
-There is one M size only, measured by knuckle circumference. M=7.33″

Cast on 44 sts to DPNs. Join in the round. Knit 2 by 2 ribbing for 26 rounds, then knit fair isle, as indicated below by the chart. I used a variegated yarn as the contrast color. You will follow the same chart for your left and right mittens.

Bitch Planet Mittens Chart.png

Cut the yarn of the secondary color, leaving a tail.

Thumb Gusset & Body
A thumb gusset is a set of increases that create a triangular shape in the knitted fabric, which will allow for the thumb to fit comfortably in a mitten without an excessively loose/tight-fitting wrist. To do this, you will need to place stitch marker before the last stitch of the round.
Round 1: k to marker, CO1, k to end, CO1
Round 2: knit to end
Repeat these rounds, until thumb gusset has a total of 15 sts. Knit up to the gusset sts, then place them on scrap yarn. CO1 to make up for the one lost.
Continue working on the body of the mitten. Knit plain stockinette till close to the fingertips, about 3″ from the gusset for me.

Fingertip Shaping
Place markers every 11 sts, then decrease as follows.
Round 1: (k to 2 sts before marker, k2tog) to end
Round 2: knit to end
When 12 sts remain, distribute your sts amongst two DPNs, 6 sts each. Do a three needle bind off to square the fingertips.

Slip thumb sts onto DPNs. Join in the round as you knit to reattach yarn.
For your first stitch, kfb, then knit plain stockinette for 14 rounds.
To shape, (k2tog) to end. Cut yarn, weave twice tightly through live sts. Turn mitten inside out, weave in all loose ends.