Free pattern. Based on an illustration in a WW1 knitting booklet. Available here
Darling hat….can you tell me what the “PO” and “KO” mean in the pattern?
That would be purl zero stitches and knit zero stitches at that point in the pattern for the size you’re working, other sizes will probably require something different. Hope that helps.
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Thank you! Beautiful hat!!!
how do you “purl zero stitches and knit zero stitches”
You don’t. At some points in the pattern some sizes require that you knit or purl stitches that aren’t there in other sizes, test knitters found the pattern less confusing when the P0 and K0 were inserted for the sizes that did not have those stitches. All should become clear as you knit the pattern.
thanks! makes sense now well sorta lol
I’m a super huge Downton Abbey fan & this hat is fabulous! I saw it this morning and am knitting it now. Can’t wait to see my new niece wearing it! Thanks for the pattern!
What length Circular needles to I need for size 3 needles……..Making a ladies size hat….or is size 3 too small…..I’m fairly new at this knitting.
If you look at the pattern you will see the required lengths are given there … for the baby, toddler and child sizes I suggest 40cm, and for the teen and adult sizes I suggest 60cm. All the sizes are knitted on US3 (3.25mm) needles.
Thanks, but I’ll have to check out the length of 60cm…..I’m in the USA .
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What yarn can you substitute for Marino wool? I can’t seem to find it anywhere. I used 16″ no. 3 needles and they worked just fine. Made it with worsted yarn but it seems large used teen size for a man.
Are you on Ravelry? If you are and look at the Downton Hat pattern page there you can see the yarns which other knitters have successfully substituted, here’s the link, Downton hat yarns.
There is no particular need to knit the hat in Merino wool, although you will find it is one of the softest wool fibres and so not scratchy on your head. I recently used Cascade Yarns Eco Alpaca which worked very well. Basically you need a DK or light worsted weight yarn that’s soft to the touch, e.g. merino wool, alpaca, cashmere, and if it doesn’t knit quite to gauge just change needle sizes up or down accordingly.
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