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Rip Cord Hat


Clean lines, deep texture with decreases that hide in plain sight.
Showy Decreases pop off this hat in high contrast straight lines that blend right into the crown shaping.
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This is the second in a trio of hat patterns designed to demonstrate the uses of Showy & Subtle Decrease. Here the emphasis is on Showy vertical lines. The Vortex Hat demonstrates the easier diagonal Showy line and the Yosemite Hat will use Subtle Decreases to remake the simple ribbed hat.
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  • Nuance Skills
    Knitting Nuance Skills Used:
    • Showy Decrease
    • Wavy Tail or Resilient Cast On
    • Double Decker Hat Closure
  • Gauge & Yarn
    Yarn Gauge: 6 gauges provided from 3.5 to 6.0 stitches per Inch. You will knit slightly tighter than ball gauge.
    Yardage: MC 100-125 yards, CC 20 yards
    Sizes: 5 sizes, infant to adult large

    Gray hat knit with Karabella Margrite (ball gauge of 5 sts per 1").
    Chunky weight blue hat is knit with light and airy Ariosa by Classic Elite at 4 sts per 1".
  • Difficulty
    Knitters should already be comfortable with working with 2 circulars. There is some chart reading. The Vortex Hat with rib brim is easier for beginner knitters.
  • Sizes
    Hat sizes includes five sizes: infant to large adult.
  • Notions
    Standard knitting notions: needles, tapestry needle and markers.
  • Blog
    We blogged about it. You can read the blog post here.