26 December 2011

Snowflake Monday

Chasm Lake Slouchy Hat

Cat in a Chasm Lake Hat

Check out this hat! My very first slouchy hat!

This is yet another variation of my Longs Peak Snowflake. Throw in a dash of color and just look what you can achieve with a basic snowflake pattern!

Because this pattern is based on the Longs Peak Snowflake, I've named it after Chasm Lake, which lies at the base of The Diamond, the mountain's gorgeous and steep east face.

Chasm Lake

I love every alpine lake I've ever visited, especially in summer when the lakes are lined with wildflowers, but Chasm Lake is a favorite destination and memory because it's the only alpine lake I've visited with my kids (years ago) and with my husband (every chance we get). I designed the Longs Peak Snowflake specifically to look like flower petals when worked in color, and I wanted to make projects with many colors, just like the wide variety found in the mountains during July.

This hat was inspired in part by the Blizzard Project on Ravelry. Tracey started the group in November 2010 to encourage snowflakers to make more than just Christmas tree ornaments. I designed this snowflake in April with the intention of creating multiple motif projects, and the Blizzard Project was pure inspiration, setting my brain into overdrive as I tried to come up with new and different ways of connecting snowflakes for projects besides Christmas trees.

I've used sock yarn for this project, but the pattern also could be adapted to use sports weight or worsted weight with an appropriately sized hook. Once again, I've knitted the hatband because I enjoy the fit and feel of knitted ribbing, but crochet adaptations are possible. Lace may look airy, but it can be warm when crafted with wool, and I deliberately knitted the hatband wider than normal, 2.5 inches, to provide maximum ear coverage because I live in a climate with cold winters. For a warmer climate, the hatband could be 1 to 1.5 inches.

Fair Warning: You will have ends to weave in with this project. I weave my ends in as I go so I don't forget them and so I don't have to go searching for them when I'm done.

Included at the end of this post is another thread Longs Peak snowflake variation.

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You may do whatever you'd like with snowflakes you make from this pattern, but you may not sell or republish the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!

Chasm Lake Slouchy Hat

Chasm Lake Hat

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Chasm Lake Hat lace

Cat in a Chasm Lake Hat

Finished Snowflake Size: 6 inches from point to point (sock yarn)
Materials: For one motif, small amounts of fingering yarn in black, white, variegated colors and coordinating solid colors, size B crochet hook, stainless steel pins for blocking, blocking surface. For slouchy hat, 1 50-gram skein of black fingering yarn (or desired color), at least 1/4 skein of white fingering yarn (or desired color), small amounts of fingering yarn in variegated colors and coordinating colors, size B crochet hook, size 3 circular knitting needles, stainless steel pins for blocking, blocking surface or balloon. For my slouchy hat, I used Knit Picks Palette in yellow for flower-like centers and black as the main color, sport weight fingering yarn in white to set off the flowers against the black and seven colors of Cherry Tree Hill Semi Solids for flower petals.

Note: This project is excellent for using up leftovers. However, adjustments may need to be made if leftover yarns are not exactly the same weight. Add or subtract stitches when using different weights of yarn, as necessary, to keep motif flat. I used sports weight yarn for the fourth round of my sock yarn motifs because I couldn't find an affordable true white sock yarn. I had to decrease stitches on the fourth round until I found the proper combination and ended up unraveling that round several times and reworking it until I was happy with the shape. Also, if mixing fibers, make sure to keep track of the care of each yarn used so you will be able to properly clean the project if necessary. This also is imperative if you give the project as a gift so the recipient will know how to properly care for it.

Special Stitches:
dc cluster: [yo and draw up loop, yo and bring through 2 loops on hook] 3 times, yo and bring through all 4 loops on hook
tr cluster: [yo twice and draw up loop, yo and bring through 2 loops on hook, yo and bring through 2 loops on hook] 4 times, yo and bring through all five loops on hook

Chasm Lake Snowflake Motif Instructions

Make as many motifs as required for desired project. Instructions for slouchy hat, which requires 7 motifs, assembly instructions provided below.

With coordinating solid, make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in ring, ch 3, * 2 dc in ring, ch 3; repeat from * around 4 times for a total of 6 spokes; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2. Don't pull magic ring too tight.

Round 2: Sl st in next ch 3 sp, make loop on hook nearly the size of a regular dc and twist twice, work dc cluster into same sp, ch 3, work dc cluster into same sp, *work dc cluster into next ch 3 sp, ch 4, work dc cluster into same sp; repeat from * around 4 times for a total of 12 dc clusters; sl st in top of starting dc cluster and bind off.

Round 3: With variegated thread, make slip stitch and yo twice, draw up loop through any ch 4 sp, [yo and bring through 2 loops on hook] twice (counts as 1st tr of tr cluster), work next 3 tr of tr cluster as instructed above in Special Stitches, ch 7, tr cluster in same ch 4 sp, *tr cluster in next ch 4 sp, ch 7, tr cluster in same ch 4 sp; repeat from * around 4 times for a total of 12 tr clusters; sl st in top of starting tr cluster, bind off.

Round 4: With white, 1 sc in any ch 7 sp, *2 hdc in same ch 7 sp, 3 dc in same sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp, 2 hdc in same sp, [1 sc in same sp], 1 sc in next ch 7 sp; repeat from * around 5 times, ending with [1 sc in same sp] and omitting last sc in next ch 7 sp of final repeat; sl st in starting sc and bind off. NOTE: With sports weight yarn, I worked 1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 tr, ch 3, 1 tr, 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc in each ch 7 sp.
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Round 5: With black, 3 sc in any ch 3 sp, ch 4, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook (shell made), ch 1, 1 dc cluster between next 2 sc, *ch 4, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 1, 6 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 4, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 1, 1 dc cluster between next 2 sc, ch 6; repeat from * around 4 times; 3 sc in next ch 3 sp, sl st in starting sc.

Round 6, First Flake: 1 sc in same sc, *ch 5, 1 sc in next shell, ch 5, 1 sc in next shell, ch 5, 1 sc in 3rd sc of next 6 sc group, ch 5, 1 sc in next sc; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last sc of final repeat and instead working sl st into starting sc; bind off. Weave in ends.

Round 6, Joining Flakes: With black, 1 sc in same sc, **[ch 2, sl st into corresponding ch 5 space of next flake (NOT corner ch 5 sp), ch 2, 1 sc in next shell, ch 2, sl st in corresponding ch 5 sp of connected flake, ch 2, 1 sc in next shell, ch 2, sl st in corresponding ch 5 sp of connected flake, ch 2, 1 sc in 3rd sc of next 6 sc group, ch 2, sl st into corner ch 5 sp of connected flake, ch 2, 1 sc in next sc]; repeat * sequence from Round 6, First Flake instructions 5 times, omitting last ch 5 and sc of final repeat and instead working ch 2, sl st into ch 5 corner of connected flake, ch 2, sl st into starting sc; bind off. Weave in ends.
After first row of joined snowflakes, work second row of joinings the same except joining flakes with **[ ] sequence on two, three or four sides, as applicable. In corner ch 5 loops where two motifs have already been joined, work 3rd join into join already made.

To assemble Chasm Lake Slouchy Hat: Make seven motifs, joining six motifs around first motif, as shown. Complete outer gaps in circle with insets as follows.

motif placement for Chasm Lake slouchy hat

inset placement

inset

Row 1: With black and right side of motif piece facing you, 1 sc in any corner ch 5 loop on left unjoined side of motif as shown below, [ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp] 3 times, ch 2, 1 dc in joining of next 2 ch 5 loops, ch 2, 1 dc in same joining (V-stitch made), ch 2, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 2, 1 dc in next ch 5 corner loop (ch 2 and 1 dc count as final ch 5 sp). Turn.

begin inset

Row 2: [Ch 4, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook (shell made), ch 1, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp] 2 times, ch 4, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, pulling yo for 1st half of 2nd dc through top of V-stitch as shown below, ch 1, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, [ ] 2 times for a total of 5 shells this row. Turn.

connect cluster to top of V-stitch

Row 3: Sl st in shell just made, ch 5, sl st in top of next shell, ch 2, 1 dc in top of next shell, ch 2, 1 sc in top of next shell, ch 2, 1 dc in top of next shell (ch 2 and 1 dc count as final ch 5 sp), turn.

Row 4: Ch 2, 1 dc in next dc ( in top of dc between 2 shells), ch 2, sl st in next ch 5 sp. Bind off. Weave in ends.
Repeat for each of remaining 5 gaps in circle, but do not bind off on final gap. Instead, ch 1 and turn, right side facing you.

completed inset

Round 5: 1 sc in next ch sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next shell, *sk ch 1 sp immediately following shell, [ch 5, 1 sc in next ch sp] 6 times, ch 5, 1 sc in next shell, [ch 5, 1 sc in next ch sp] 3 times, ch 5, 1 sc in next shell; repeat from * around to final ch sp before starting sc, keeping in mind ch 5 sp count is not critical for this round. Keep your sc evenly spaced around to maintain mesh pattern and begin hat shaping. When you reach starting sc, instead of final ch 5, ch 2, 1 dc in starting sc (ch 2 and 1 dc count as final ch 5 sp of round). Ideally, there will be 70-72 ch spaces around. Having a few more or less will not affect size or shaping; 80 chain spaces around will not give chain spaces enough room to stretch out and form mesh; 60 chain spaces may not be big enough for an adult head.
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Round 6: Ch 1, 1 sc in same sp, *ch 5, 1 sc in next sp; repeat from * around to final ch 5 sp before starting sc. Instead of final ch 5, ch 2, 1 dc in starting sc (ch 2 and 1 dc count as final ch 5 sp of round).

Round 7: Ch 1, 1 sc in same sp, *ch 4, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook (shell made), ch 1, 1 sc in next sp; repeat from * around; sl st in starting sc.

Round 8: Sl st into top of next shell, ch 1, 1 sc in same shell, ch 5, *1 sc in top of next shell, ch 5; repeat from * around to final shell before starting sc; instead of final ch 5, ch 2, 1 dc in starting sc (ch 2 and 1 dc count as final ch 5 sp).

Rounds 9-11: Ch 1, 1 sc in same sp, *ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp; repeat from * around to final ch 5 sp before starting sc; instead of final ch 5, ch 2, 1 dc in starting sc (ch 2 and 1 dc count as final ch 5 sp).

Round 12: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in same sp, *2 dc in next ch 5 sp; repeat from * around, ideally for a total of 140-144 dc, adjusting as necessary for an even number of dc for a k 1, p 1 rib or a multiple of 4 for a k 2, p 2 rib. Sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.

Round 13: Switching to circular knitting needle, pick up one st in each dc around for a total of 140-144 st.

Rounds 14-22: K 2, p 2 around, or k 1, p 1 around.

Round 23: Bind off, maintaining rib pattern. Weave in ends.

Finish: I blocked and shaped the joined motifs before working the gap insets and hatband. I used a large balloon to shape the completed hat. I put the balloon inside the hat, blew up the balloon to stretch out the hat, lightly sprayed the hat with plain water mist then allowed it to dry. The balloon shrunk overnight and was easily removed from the hat the following morning, but I could easily have popped the balloon with a pin, too, if needed.

Longs Peak III Snowflake

Longs Peak III Snowflake

Ch 3, sl st into 1st ch OR make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in ring, ch 3, *2 dc in ring, ch 3; repeat from * around 4 times for a total of 6 spokes; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2. Pull magic ring tight.

Round 2: Sl st in next ch 3 sp, make loop on hook nearly the size of a regular dc and twist twice (does not count as dc), work dc cluster as instructed above in Special Stitches into same sp, ch 4, work dc cluster into same sp, *work dc cluster into next ch 3 sp, ch 4, work dc cluster into same sp; repeat from * around 4 times for a total of 12 dc clusters, sl st across starting dc cluster into next ch 3 sp.
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Round 3: Ch 2 and make loop on hook length of ch 2 (counts as start of 1st tr of tr cluster), work next 3 tr of tr cluster as instructed above in Special Stitches in same sp, *ch 3, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 16, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1hdc in next ch, 1 dc in next ch, 1 tr in each of next 2 ch, 1 dc in next ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 sc in next ch, sl st in each of next 2 ch, 1 sc in next ch, 1 dc in each of next 3 ch, 1 sc in next ch (spoke made), ch 2, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, tr cluster in same ch 4 sp as previous tr cluster, tr cluster in next ch 4 sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last tr cluster of final repeat, for a total of 12 tr clusters and six spokes; sl st in top of starting tr cluster; bind off. Weave in ends.

Longs Peak from Chasm Lake

4 comments:

  1. This is just a lovely hat! Still, I couldn't help but notice that you have a feline model. Don't you think you need a caprine model?

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  2. So beautiful. I'm with you on the knitted bands - they just fit better and look neater. (Gasp! Crochet treachery!)

    It's wonderful how warm a lacy hat can be - just enough insulation without making one's head sweaty.

    Now I want to crochet a hat! :)

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  3. This is wonderful. I love your work!

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