Tuesday, July 01, 2008

4th of July

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In our huge extended family, the 4th of July is the best holiday ever. We load up the lobster boats with kids and dogs and food and head out to a nearby island for a lobster bake. Though it can be blistering hot during the day, it is always cold heading home across the bay. I made this hat up years ago, and one year made 9 during the day....slightly obsessed.

Let it be said I have no wits for commerce...I just give things away. My most miserable times as a Girl Scout were the Cookie Drives... So here you have it, the 4th of July Hat all mixed up in this post I'm afraid.

4th of July Hat
©Mary Jane Mucklestone 2008

Finished Size 20”
Yarn Bartlettyarns (www.bartlettyarns.com)(100% Maine Wool; 210 yd / 4 oz [m/g]):#F-35-S Garnet Heather, (red), #F-20-S Natural, (white), #F-6-S Denim,(blue), 1 skein each.
Needles ribbing size 7 (4.5 mm) and 8 (5 mm): 16” circular (cir). Size 8 (5 mm) set of 4 or 5 double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions marker, tapestry needle.
Gauge 16 sts and 26=4”
HAT
With blue and smaller cir needle, CO 72 sts. Place Marker (pm) and join for working the round. *K1,p1; rep from* around. Repeat last rnd 4 times. Rnd 6 (increase rnd): *k6 inc 1, repeat from * around (84 sts). Rnd 7-11: change to larger needle, with red k . Rnd 12-16: with white k. Rnd 17-21: with red k. Rnd 22-26: with white k. Rnd 27-29: with red k. Rnd 30: (decrease rnd): *k7 k2tog; rep from * end k3 (75 sts). Rnd 31: k. Rnd 32: with blue k. Shape Crown: with blue follow chart, changing to dpn when necessary. Finishing: Break off yarn and with tapestry needle draw through remaining 5 sts. Weave in ends. Wear with joy!



















2 Lobster Boats


Old School 4th of July, Sophie and Siama, with wild strawberries.

22 comments:

kat coyle said...

I love it! And your holiday sounds like perfection.

Allison Fouse said...

If only I could knit!

Have fun with the fam.

toribelle said...

I love it! Thanks for generously sharing your "holiday" with us! I think I'll whip out a couple. It's in the 50's this morning in northern IN! We'll may need them.

Dawnfire said...

Love it. This is what I am going to knit thank you so much it is JUST RIGHT!!

Petula Darling said...

Adorable! The models look like they're enjoying them quite a bit too.
I think you should have a contest to see who can make the most hats by the time the fireworks start. You could give the winner a....ummm....a hat!

Mary Jane said...

I muffed up the pattern when I transcribed it in the wee hours, and hastily published it. Yikes! Rnd 30 was wrong, but happily, it is corrected now...until you find another mistake...I tell ya....poor Miss Fuzzy Brain should not post past her bedtime.

andie said...

Love the hat! I would make 4 if I knew how. I am still on the making "scarfs" stage of knitting. Your 4th sounds right out of a book on Americana.
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Becky said...

I love this hat! I want to make one for my chemo cap group. Could you email me the pdf? Pretty please. :D

becky@moonfrog.com

Tiffanie said...

Your hat (and your blog) are delightful. I landed here via a link from whipup.net. Thank you for sharing your family and knitting traditions. Happy Fourth to you and yours.

magnusmog said...

Happy 4th ( belatedly ).Can you do a Saltire hat for me?! Or a thistle, a thistle would be beautiful......

Amber Rose said...

I remember these hats!! I think I still have mine somewhere... :D

Hope your 4th was a good one! Take care,

xx.

Anonymous said...

I love your 4th of july hat and would very much appreciate if you would email the pdf. A friend just had a baby on the 4th of July and I would like to try to do a baby one..... jwilson at ces-msa dot org

THANK YOU!

craftivore said...

Thanks for sharing! It's so much cooler than the American flag vest , made out of an actual flag, that my aunt was wearing on the 4th.

Mary Jane said...

Thanks everyone. We had a fun day this year too, you can see Emily's video here:
http://www.vimeo.com/1299358?pg=embed&sec=1299358

Mary Jane said...

In Em's movie I make a brief appearance in a yellow hat, in the crowd scene, as the lobster table is swarmed.

Prunila said...

the hat very nice and the video was cool!!!!! eating all those animals!

Anonymous said...

I'd really like to try this hat but I'm a new knitter. I've done other caps so I've worked in the round and understand decreasing but I can't figure out from the chart how to decease down to 5 loops.

Could someone please explain this to me? If the PDF file explains it better I'd love to have a copy. rfh2001 at [spammer-trap-remove-this] earthlink dot net.

Thanks!

Mary Jane said...

coming your way anon!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this. It's unique and fun. I hope I can read the chart when the time comes.

Mary Jane said...

Hey anon, I've got a version written in words that I can send you. Briefly, the last stitch, the lone tower to the left is knit together with the "step" on it's same level in the color of the "tower" stitch.

Genie said...

Very cute hat. Just an FYI, I was able to highlight, copy and paste this pattern into a word document and print it out that way. It worked great (picture, chart and all).

ajdag said...

Hi Miss Mary Jane, i think the hat is adorable!! would you, could you PLEASE with a cherry on top, send me the pdf? ang_dag@hotmail.com
Thank you for a really cute design.
;-)