Ringwood Pattern Hat

Working on the ribbing in my favorite studio
Working on the ribbing in my favorite studio

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.  

Ribbing stretched to show elasticity and pattern
Ribbing stretched to show elasticity and pattern

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.  

Fabric made from the Ringwood pattern.
Fabric made from the Ringwood pattern.

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.

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2 Comments on “Ringwood Pattern Hat

  1. Your brother is one lucky dude to have a sis like you 😉 Like the stitch work & beautiful choice of color especially for those northwest winters.

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