Piazza Hat

by Craig on December 20, 2012

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!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Terri Sasanow December 21, 2012 at 10:26 am

cute pattern, but what is gauge?

Craig December 27, 2012 at 12:35 pm

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

Ulla Loughry December 19, 2013 at 8:45 pm

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

Craig December 20, 2013 at 11:17 am

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

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