Blurry Leaf, Squishy Hat

Well, my attempt at Rustle of Leaves has failed due to insufficient contrast, even though the hand-dyed looks so much darker in the skein than the Cascade.

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Can you tell that’s supposed to be a leaf? Nobody at my Friday crochet meet-up could. I don’t think I have time to start again with different yarns, so I’m bagging on this one for now and might offer to do a different scarf or cowl, possibly Array.

In better news, I finished Mad Squish and had enough yarn left over to whip up a simple matching hat.

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Here’s the pattern:

Squish Hat

Yarn: Drops Air held double, less than 2 skeins needed (I used about 210 yards/191 m for 20″ size)
Needles: 16” size 11/8 mm circular needle, plus another circular needle or dpns for crown
Gauge: 14 st per 4”/10 cm
Size: 17 1/2” (20”, 22 1/2”)/45 (51, 57 cm)

Glossary*
S2KP: Insert the needle knitwise into the second, then the first stitch on the left needle, and transfer them together onto the right needle. Knit the next stitch on the left needle. Insert the left needle from left to right through the 2 slipped stitches, and lift these stitches over the knitted stitch and off the right needle.
S2PP: With yarn in front, slip one stitch knitwise, then another stitch knitwise. Insert the left needle into these 2 slipped stitches from left to right, and transfer to left needle. Insert the right needle into the back of the second, and then the first stitch on the left needle and transfer them to the right needle. Purl the next stitch, then lift the slipped stitches over this stitch and off the needle.

Cast on 64, (72, 80) st. Join without twisting, and place marker at beginning of round.
Row 1: *K1, P1, repeat from * to end.
Repeat Row 1 until piece measures 1 1/2”/4 cm. Begin Mistake Rib pattern:

Row 1: *K1, P3, repeat from * to end.
Row 2: K2, *P1, K3, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, end P1, K1.

Repeat these rows until piece measures 7” (7 1/2”, 8”)/18 (19, 20) cm. Begin decreases, transferring to dpns or adding 2nd circular needle when crown is too small for one needle:

Row 1: *K1, S2PP, repeat from * to end.
Row 2-3: *K1, P1, repeat from * to end.
Row 4: *S2KP, P1, repeat from * to end.
Row 5: Repeat Row 2.
Row 6: SSK around
Cut yarn, thread onto yarn needle, and run through remaining 8 stitches, pull tight to close.

*Big shout-out to Judith Durant’s Increase, Decrease for furnishing the perfect centered double-decreases for decreasing in pattern for this stitch. I love this book so much.

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