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Top-Down, No Math Hat: FourSquare

October 21, 2012

Ok, folks, I can take a hint.  My two Top-Down, No Math hats account for over half the hits I have ever gotten on this site.  So, I will give you more.  Yes!  A new Top-Down, No Math hat, this time aptly named: FourSquare.  It looks like a hot-cross bun, doesn’t it?Image

Here we go:

Yarn: Same as the others, yarn is whatever you like, about a hat’s worth. In the sample, I used Cascade EcoWool, which is lovely stuff.

Needles: Needles should be appropriate to the yarn.  You’ll need to start either on dpns or a magic loop.  By the end, you’ll either need more/longer dpns, or a circular.

Notes: We’re going to use two different increases.  The first is the same nearly invisible increase we used before.  The second is the same idea, but heading left.  I’m going to point you to this lovely tutorial from the Twist Collective, and use her terminology: RLI and LLI.

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Ready?  Let’s begin.

CO 8.  Join in the round, being careful not to twist.

Round 1: K all, placing a marker after stitches 1, 3, 5, and 7.

Round 2: [RLI, K2, LLI] 4 times (16 st)

Round 3 and all odd rounds: K

Round 4 and all even rounds: [K to 1 st before st marker, RLI, K2, LLI] 4 times, K to end of round.

So, here’s the weird part: even though you’re working 2 st around each marker, the result looks like a single st going the other direction.  If you want the cross to be bulkier, you can work an extra stitch or two around each st marker (inside the increases).

Keep going until you have the circumference you want, then work plain stockinette until you feel like doing ribbing, have enough for it to curl under, or run out of yarn.

BO loosely.  My favorite trick is to go up a few needle sizes for the bind-off row.

If you like this or any of my other patterns, would you drop me a comment letting me know?  Nice comments make my day. Thanks.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. yildiz eryuva permalink
    October 21, 2012 11:42 pm

    I am from turkey,istanbul.I was in problem to find a proper instruction and YOU helped me so much.thank you very much.I hope everything will be as you wish to be.thanks again.

    • Suzyn permalink*
      October 22, 2012 7:41 am

      Thanks!! I’m constantly amazed how something as simple as a little knitting pattern can zoom around the world in no time at all!

  2. Miriam Mc. permalink
    October 23, 2012 12:46 am

    Well, Ravelry has been quite the yarn uniter, hasn’t it? I just queued this & have several manly men that would love it. I also like Jared Flood’s Turn A Square, but your increases are smoother than his decreases. A different look is all! Thanks for the free pattern, it’s always appreciated.

    yarnobsessed on Ravelry ;)

    • Suzyn permalink*
      October 23, 2012 7:45 am

      Hey, thanks! I was inspired by someone on Ravelry who tried to recreate Turn a Square from the top down – I said… Hey, I bet I could do that!!!

  3. Alice in the Heartland permalink
    August 22, 2013 3:09 am

    Thank you for making your patterns available for the Period of Purple Crying knit-ins.

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