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Piazza Hat

Piazza Hat

Piazza is the perfect hat for wearing on walks around town. Soft and warm against wintry winds, a textured stitch pattern gives it lots of movement.

Piazza Hat, detail

Piazza is knit with Lana Vida Francesca yarn. It’s a soft, squishy blend of fine merino and baby alpaca that comes in a palette of fabulous fashion-forward shades. The saturated colors, like the bright Blue we used, are just the thing to brighten a gray winter’s day.

Piazza Hat, side view

Piazza is fun to knit and works up in no time. Here’s how to make yours!

PIAZZA HAT

SIZE
Women’s Medium; 20 inches in circumference and 8 inches deep.

MATERIALS
Lana Vida Francesca: 1 skein, shown in bright blue
Size 9, 16-inch circular needle
Size 10, 16-inch circular needle
Set of size 10 DPNs.

GAUGE
3.5 stitches per inch in Stockinette Stitch

PATTERN
With smaller needle, CO 66 sts. Place marker and join in the round, being careful not to twist.

Work P1, K1 ribbing for 1 inch.

Switch to larger needle and work the following 4 rounds.

Round 1: Knit.

Round 2: *K2tog, but do not sl stitch from needle. Insert right hand needle between the stitches just knit together and knit the first st again. Slip both stitches from the needle. Repeat from * to end.

Round 3: Knit.

Round 4: K1, *k2tog, but do not sl stitch from needle. Insert right hand needle between the stitches just knit together and knit the first st again. Slip both stitches from the needle. Repeat from * to last st, k1.

Continue until piece measures 7 inches from cast on edge, or desired depth, ending with Round 1.

Switch to DPNs to work decrease rounds.

Round 1: K1, *k2tog; repeat from * to last st, k1. (35 sts)

Round 2: *K2tog, but do not sl stitch from needle. Insert right hand needle between the stitches just knit together and knit the first st again. Slip both stitches from the needle. Repeat from * to last st, k1.

Round 3: K1, *K2tog; repeat from * to end. (18 sts)

Round 4: *K2tog; repeat from * to end. (9 sts.)

Round 5: *K2tog; repeat from * to end. (5 sts.)

Break yarn and draw through remaining sts. Pull to the inside of the hat and tighten.

Weave in ends. Keep warm!

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10 thoughts on “Piazza Hat

  1. cute pattern, but what is gauge?

  2. Thanks! It’s 3.5 stitches per inch in Stockinette Stitch.

  3. Does anyone have the suggested cast-on for size women’s Small? Or maybe the circumference and I’ll figure it out myself. Thanks.

  4. Hi Ulla, for a smaller hat, I’d start with 60 stitches. You can use any even number to start with. HTH!

  5. Help! Piazza is perfect for our young snowboarder! How can I adapt this pattern to Worsted Weight merino yarn for my grandson’s 20 1/2″ head circumference? Thanks!

  6. I practiced trying to do the K2tog.,but don’t slip them off, then K the first stitch and slip the 2 off and they’re just too tight to do this. I must be missing something!

  7. Trying moving the stitches closer to the tip of the needle and loosening the tension on the supply yarn.

  8. Hi, Craig, I am not a very experienced knitter yet, but I want to make your gorgeous blue beret and I just ordered the yarn too.

    Your instructions include this stitch: Round 2: *K2tog, but do not sl stitch from needle. Insert right hand needle between the stitches just knit together and knit the first st again. Slip both stitches from the needle.

    My question to you is this: Is there a name for that stitch that I could look up in any knitting books or even better, on YouTube?

    I am a little scared of this step.

    I would very much appreciate your help.

    Thanks.

    Elizabeth Allemong

  9. Hi Elizabeth, that stitch is shown in this video I posted for the Herringbone Neck Warmer. You’ll find it here: http://www.loopknits.com/2011/08/04/herringbone-stitch-pattern-video/. It’s a lot easier to see than to read. HTH!

  10. Thanks! I got it though. I was confused at first because, just before slipping, I had 2 its on my RH needle and 2 sts on my LH needle. Then I realized that you were not adding sts, but just exchanging 2 for 2. The stitch is lovely. I shortened my hat to 6 inches and it is too short. It looks like a cap. I ripped the top apart and will knit the hat to be 8 inches tall.
    I always get scared to try something new, then I laugh at my fears. Thanks again! I will check your video. Elizabeth

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