Colour is a powerful force in all our lives, it mesmerizes us and has the ability to elevate our mood by clicking endorphins into high gear. In order to see colour we need light. It was British scientist, Sir Isaac Newton, who first discovered that white light could pass through a prism and divide itself into a full range of visible colours. He also found that each color is made up of a single wavelength and with light could combine to make additional ones, for example- red plus blue equals purple.
The colour purple, very seldom seen in nature really didn’t exist in clothing until the Roman Empire when twelve thousand shellfish were needed just to extract one and a half grams of dye, barely enough for an emperor’s toga (no wonder it has become the colour of luxury). Modern science has revealed that purple is also the most visible wavelength of electromagnetic energy, so perhaps that would explain why it is often associated with the supernatural.
This deep, rich magical colour that evokes a sense of mystery is featured in this week’s fab tri-colour slouch hat, designed in graduating shades of Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo, a soft and silky yarn that knits up as a lightweight yet warm layer for the milder days of winter-
TRI-COLOUR SLOUCH HAT
Finished Size: Womens Medium
Length: 23 cm/9 ins
Width: 53 cm/21 ins
Needles: 3.25 mm- 60 cm and 4.00 mm- 60 cm circular
Tension: 22 sts and 28 rows = 10 cm/4 ins over st st on larger needles
Cast on 112 sts in Col. A with smaller circular, join in round being careful not to twists sts over needle. Place a marker on 1st st. Work in [K2.p2] ribbing for 12 rounds. Change to larger circular and continue with Col. A as follows-
Rnd 1- [K7, p1] rep
Rnd 2- [K6, p1, k1] rep
Rnd 3- [K5, p1, k2] rep
Rnd 4- [K4, p1, k3] rep
Rnd 5- [K3, p1, k4] rep
Rnd 6- [K2, p1, k5] rep
Rnd 7- [K1, p1, k6] rep
Rnd 8- [P1, k7] rep
Rep these 8 rounds throughout for Pattern.
When hat measures 8 cm/3 ins, work as follows-
Next Rnd- [work 1 st in Col. A, and then 1 st in Col. B] rep to end.
Continue with Col. B only until hat measures 15 cm/6 ins.
Next Rnd- [work 1 st in Col. B, and then 1 st in Col. C] rep to end.
Continue with Col. C only until hat measures 20 cm/8 ins.
Rnd 1- [K2, k2tog] rep
Rnd 2- K
Rnd 3- [K1, k2tog] rep
Rnd 4- K
Rnd 5- [K2tog] rep
Rnd 6- [K2tog] rep = 14 sts.
Cut yarn and thread through remaining sts, tighten and secure.
Sew in ends.
Design by: Michele Meadows