Completed Ringwood Pattern Cap

Completed cap
Completed cap

I have the Ringwood pattern cap completed.  Named for the British town, where it’s used extensively for gloves.  This knit stitch pattern is useful for a variety of applications.  It creates a nicely textured fabric, and I can see its use in caps, gloves, socks, and accent panels on larger garments.  This cap has a series of decrease rows that can be done a number of different ways.  The basic stitch pattern is a three row repeat of, row 1 – Knit, row 2 – Knit, row 3 – Knit one, purl one, as worked in the round.  These rows are repeated and the resulting cloth is springy and textured.  If I had to give it a technical name, I think it would be, “broken stockinette” – although it may have a technical name already. 

Decrease - Knit two together
Decrease – Knit two together

The decreases are worked every other row.  Since the pattern has three rows, the decreases will occasionally fall on the “knit one, purl one row”.  I will work my decreases by knitting two stitches together, however this will cause my pattern to shift when I’m on the “k1p1” row.  So I can purl two together when the pattern calls for a purl.  There are advantages both ways.  I can stay in pattern, or I can have a smooth decrease line going to the top of the cap, but not both.  I originally decided to knit two together for smooth decrease lines, but when this falls on the k1p1 row I found that I didn’t care for the way it disrupts the pattern.  I will either have three knit stitches in a row or throw the entire pattern off.  So I decided to decrease in pattern (the opposite of what I had decided last week).  This kept the integrity of the Ringwood stitch pattern with the decreases not forming much of a line.  The stitches just lean towards each other.    

Only eight stitches remain
Only eight stitches remain

For my cap, I will need to decrease eight stitches evenly every other row.  Since I have 104 stitches, I divide my stitches, by placing a marker ring every 13 stitches in the row before the first decrease.  When I’m on a decrease row, I work in pattern until I have two stitches remaining before a marker, then I knit two together or purl two together depending on the row and stitch count.  This decreasing in pattern doesn’t leave the pattern completely unbroken, but I think it’s closer.  I should knit another and see which I like better – but this hat needs to be placed in the post sooner rather than later.  Maybe he’ll be getting another in a different color when Fall or Winter comes. 

Squeezing out excess water in a towl
Squeezing out excess water in a towl

I finish this cap the way I finish any other knitted garment, a good soak with lukewarm water and Eucalan Wool Wash.  After it was thoroughly soaked, I squeezed the water out, placed it on a towel and rolled it up giving it a good squeeze to get as much water out as possible.  I tried to not agitate or rough it up.  I don’t want any felting or to lose the stitch definition at all – it’s the personality of the cap.  I laid it flat on a wire garment rack to dry.  It’s almost dry, then it can get wrapped in some tissue paper, place in a bubble envelope and shipped off to its recipient. 

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2 Comments on “Completed Ringwood Pattern Cap

  1. Beautiful – I have also just made several knitting needles (dowels actually) and began knitting – needed a respite between my weavings. Still a tad behind on my Christmas gifts but will eventually finish.

    • Thank you, and I know what you mean. I typically knit and crochet in the evenings, while I prefer to weave and spin in the morning and mid-day. I can’t work on one thing all day – everyday. Making your own needles is ambitious, kudos to you. I would love to see them…………

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