The Ringwood pattern hat from the Fall 2007 issue of Spin Off is once again on my needles. I really like the look of the fabric produced by this pattern. It’s named from the British town of Ringwood where it’s used a lot for gloves. I’ve knitted a few of these. When I saw my brother wearing a knit hat, I knew I had to get to work on one for him – especially since we’re closing in on his birthday 😉 I want him to have it now, in the Summer, because it will be cool enough to wear in the early Fall where he lives. He shouldn’t be forced to wear a machine produced, store-bought knit hat when he’s related to me. I’ve chosen Berroco’s Ultra Alpaca yarn, it’s warm and very soft.
I start this hat off a bit different from the pattern in the magazine. I begin with “Judy’s Magic Cast on” and I convert it to a 2 x 2 rib stitch and join it in the round. Here is a handy YouTube video that demonstrates this process well. This will produce a cast on edge that looks like the rest of the ribbing instead of a chained cast-on. Normally, I cast on a tad tightly, so I start with a larger needle than I want to work my rib stitch in. I have 104 stitches to start and once I join them in the round, I switch to a smaller needle. This helps ensure my ribbing will be nice and snug. This hat will have 6 inches of ribbing, so when it’s folded over there will be a nice 3-inch wide ribbed band to keep his ears warm and the hat in place.
Once I have the 6 inches of ribbing completed, I switch to the larger needle, the one that I knit to gauge with and begin the Ringwood pattern. This pattern is simple:
- Row 1 – Knit.
- Row 2 – knit.
- Row 3 – knit 1 purl 1, repeat.
These three rows are repeated until it measures 2.5 inches from the ribbing and it ends on row 3. Then decrease 8 stitches on every other row begins. Decrease eight stitches evenly followed by a row without decreases. Repeat until only eight stitches remain, and run the tail through the last 8 stitches and draw together. Weave in the end. For my decreases, I will knit two together. When decreases fall on the third row, I can either Purl two together to stay in the pattern or knit two together for a smooth decrease line. I’ll likely do the latter. The Ringwood pattern produces a nice cloth with an interesting pattern. I can envision a pair of gloves in this pattern too, but I don’t see me knitting them.