this page last updated: September 5, 2009

 Claudia Krisniski
 59 Spring Road Hudson NY 12534
 (518)828-4554
Cape Ann Gansey Gauge Hat
a countrywool pattern

©2004
cape ann gansey gauge hat
Knit this hat as your gauge swatch for the Cape Ann Gansey Sweater.


materials:
     1 – 100 gram  skein CASCADE 220 100% wool (220 yards)……
     3 - 16” circular needles  # 4 , # 5 and # 6
     1 set double pointed needles  # 5
     14 Markers , 6 of color A, 7 of color B and one RED
     Darning Needle

KEY
k = knit              p = purl              st(s) = stitch (es)               tog = together  inc=increase
SRW = short row wrap = slip next st, bring working yarn to opposite side of work, slip st back to left hand needle, put working yarn back to opposite side of work (where it started from)
SSK = slip 1 st as if to k, slip 2nd st as if to purl, insert left hand needle into fronts of both stitches and knit them together (1 st decreased)
CHANNEL ISLAND CAST ON:
Start by measuring a length of yarn twice as long as you will need for casting on the edge Then DOUBLE the ENTIRE length of yarn in your hand. At this point, bring the cut end into your hand also, and make a slip knot with both strands of yarn, 6" from the cut end.  Place the slip knot on a needle. Treat the doubled strand of yarn emanating from the slip knot as one yarn. It is labeled A.  The single yarn is B.
Now, arrange yarns A and B over your left fingers as follows: the doubled yarn A is wound around the thumb twice counterclockwise (opposite of long-tail cast on); yarn B is wound around the index finger once clockwise. The needle with slip knot on it is arranged between the 2 fingers. Move the point of that same needle as follows:
This makes 2 stitches each time.
*...swing the tip of the needle under then over B...
...bring that loop back down to A...
...swing the tip of the needle under BOTH doubled strands of A and scoop up through these yarns on the thumb...
...swing over the top of yarn B at B, catching a loop of B on the tip of the needle
.....bring B back through the doubled yarn loop on the thumb...
release the doubled loops, slide them off the thumb and tighten them carefully down on the needle*
Set the yarns up in your hand again, and repeat **
A bump AND a smooth stitch has been made each time.

BRIM
With #4 needle, cast on 100 stitches using CHANNEL ISLAND CAST ON and leaving a 12” tail for sewing a short seam later. Do not join. Work 4 ridges (8 rows) in garter stitch. Join work (switch positions of the first and last stitches so they rest on opposite needles). Be careful there is no twist in the knitting before you proceed.
Use a marker to mark the beginning of the round and work as follows:
Round 1: With 16” #6 needle, increase 12 stitches around evenly by *k8, inc by knitting into the base of the next stitch (lifted increase)* 12 times around ending k4:  112 stitches.

Set Up Round for Stitch Patterns:
This pattern uses colored markers to help you remember which stitch pattern you are on. It would be helpful to color in the charts with the same color you are marking them.

Note on following charts: Starting at Row 1, Stitch 1. 
Charts are read from right to left when working in the round.

Place RED MARKER as beginning of the round. Work first WHITBY chart before adding marker color B for SEAGULL chart. After the first SEAGULL chart is finished, place marker color A for WHITBY chart.

Follow this pattern’s charts as follows:
*WHITBY MOSS for 8 stitches, then SEAGULL STITCH for 8 stitches.*
Repeat this sequence around the hat. Work 12 rounds of charts (note: when the 8 rounds of the chart are finished, start back at the beginning on Row 1)

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                                           WHITBY MOSS CHART…use color A marker 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SEAGULLS CHART…use color B marker 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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With 16” # 5 needle: PURL 2 ROUNDS.

Follow charts as noted above for 12 rounds.   With 16” # 4 needle: PURL 2 ROUNDS.

Follow charts as noted above for 12 rounds.  PURL 2 ROUNDS.

TOP DECREASING:
Rnd 1: *k 6, k2tog*: repeat around: 98 stitches. SRW, turn.
Rnd 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12:  K around, SRW, turn.
Rnd 3: *k 5 k2tog* [repeat around]: 84 stitches. SRW, turn.
Rnd 5: *k 4, k2tog*: repeat around: 70 stitches. SRW, turn.  
                change to double pointed needles as needed when stitches
            do not fit easily around circular needle
Rnd 7:  *k 3, k2tog*: 56 stitches. SRW, turn.
Rnd 9: * k 2, k2tog*: 42 stitches. SRW, turn.
Rnd 11: *k 1, k2tog*: 28 stitches. SRW, turn.
Rnd 13: *k2tog*: 14 stitches. SRW, turn.
Rnd 14: *k2tog*:  7 stitches.

Cut yarn leaving 8”. Run yarn through last 7 stitches twice and pull tightly. Weave in end.

Handwash your hat in sudsy warm water, and rinse in the same temp. Lay over a bowl or blown up balloon to dry in a rounded fashion. When dry, measure gauge in each section, noting where needle sizes changed in the pattern. If your gauge does not measure exactly as needed, you can pretty well guess how many needle sizes you are off by comparing the differences from section to section.