Day 1: Rachels Snow Day Hat Knit Along

Hello Knitters, Knitdocdonna here.  Welcome, one and all to the opening day of the Rachel’s Snow Day Hat Knit Along.  

Rachel’s Snow Day Hat has been designed just for you as the complimentary piece to the Rachel’s Slow Curve collar. It’s also going to be a quick fun KAL, just 2 sessions and an even quicker knit. Perfect in my book!

I’m going to be crafting my own Snow Day Hat right along with you. I’ll be using Wisdom Poems Chunky Yarn in color Sunken Treasure, and I can’t wait to see what you choose! 

Get the complete list of materials here. Be sure to join the NobleKnits group on Ravelry, so you can ask questions, join the conversation, post your yarn choice/work in progress (wip) or just enjoy the interactions. I’ll be on there as well to guide you thru any sticky spots and cheer you on. OK - enough from me, let’s get knitting!

Casting On

This time we will be casting on using the knitted cast- on.  During our last KAL we used the “cable cast-on”, you’re probably wondering if they are coordinating pieces, why aren’t the cast-ons the same?

Here’s why:

The "cable cast-on" gives you a crisp decorative edge, but it also has very little give. Your hat, over it’s lifetime,  will get tugged, stretched and pulled a lot, so we want an edge that is attractive,  flexible and will stretch then bounce back.The knitted cast-on is also an easy one to master and a good basic skill for your knitters toolkit. I consider this an all-purpose cast-on and it is similar in look to the long tail and cable cast-on.

Here’s how:

Start with your slipknot as usual. Insert your right hand needle into the slipknot  as if to begin the knit stitch.

Knitting Doctor Tip: When you make your slipknot leave yourself about a 4 to 5” tail so you have enough to weave in.  

Wrap the yarn as if to knit and draw thru your loop, but do not slip the stitch off the needle.  Take the loop that you have drawn out and pop it back onto the left hand needle and voila! You have made a stitch.  

Knitting Doctor Tip: Here’s a neat little option. When you draw out your loop you can give it a little half twist before popping back onto the left needle. That will further define the braided look.

Continue this process until you have the total stitches cast-on.

Knitting Doctor Tip: As you continue to cast-on stitches keep these stitches a little on the loose side so it will be easier for you  to work the first round. 

Knitting fact: Did you know there are over 211 types of cast-on and bind-off techniques? Learn the basic ones and keep those as your “go to” cast-ons (i.e. knitted, cable, long tail, and backward loop). Learn the fancier ones as you need to use them.

Join for knitting in the round

Okay! All of your stitches are cast-on and it’s time to join.  Pop on your stitch marker and your work should look something like this, with the bottom of the cast-on stitches all pointing toward the middle of the circle created by the needles. Your needle with the working yarn will be in your right hand. 

Now, go ahead and work that first stitch on Round 1. Joining complete! That’s all there is to it.

Working the body ribbing

Now we’re ready to work the body ribbing. Round 1 is going to be our set-up row. Using the instructions, work Round 1 all the way around to the marker. Easy, yes? Good, because we are going to repeat this round 9 more times (10 rounds total).

Knitting Doctor Tip:  Ribbing errors can happen as you get caught up in the rhythm of the pattern.  Every couple of rows take a quick “look-see” to make sure your ribs are lining up.

Next up, the eyelet band

Snow Day, very much as Slow Curve Collar, is designed with an eyelet row that marks the transition point between the  2x1 rib to a 2x2 rib.  So that this row really stands out I like to use my stitches to underline them on both the row before and the row after.

Knitting Doctor Tip: To define an area try inserting a purl row on the right side (or a knit row on the wrong side).  This will  draw your eye to that area.

Round 11 is another easy one. Work across this round as indicated in the pattern.

The eyelet row

This is the row where we are actually going to create our eyelets. The two technique we will be using for Snow Day are the purl 2 together and a yarn over between purl stitches.

Hmm, aren’t yarn overs always between KNIT stitches?  Well yes, usually, but occassionally you are going to be working a pattern that has yarn overs with purls and now you’ll know how to do it!  Piece of cake really and I’ll show you how.  Check out the images below.

We’ll start with the purl 2 togethers.  

Insert your right hand needle into the 1st and 2nd stitch on the left needle from top to bottom, wrap the yarn as usual and draw the yarn through both stitches, sliding off the needle.  

Purl 2 together

Now the yarn overs...We’re on Round 12 of the pattern. Having finished the first purl 2 togethers, your working yarn is in the front.  Yes?  Good.  Now in the basic yarn over you bring your yarn to the front between the needles and when you knit the next stitch it is already in position to create a stitch.  After a purl it’s already there and I need to create that new stitch.  Now what?  Ok,here’s how easy it is:

Yarn rests in front after finishing a purl 2 together

Bring yarn up and around the right hand needle and back between the needles. Yes, it’s right back to where you started! Now go ahead and purl the next 2 together, etc.

Do a couple of these and you’ll be an old hand at it!

Your eyelet round should be looking something like this.  Look at the image and see the stitches with the slight slant?  Those are your yarn over stitches!

Finish up with easy-peasey Round 13 and Snow Day is done for the day!

Having fun?  Have something to share or a question to ask?

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Donna Pelzar

Donna (aka the Knitting Doctor) is the face behind The New Street Knitter patterns. She teaches knitting instruction for all skill levels in her studio and loves to focus on techniques and interesting stitch patterns. She recently expanded into pattern design and we are thrilled to be able to offer her patterns at NobleKnits. Donna also hosts all of our Knit Alongs.