Pattern of the Week: The Ring-Tailed Bandit Hat

Raccoons and I have a lot in common—they like snacks, I like snacks, they wear stripes, I wear stripes, they have a cute little mask and I wear too much eyeliner… I’ve never understood the hatred towards raccoons, but I adore the woodland creatures I see from my window. I believe these cute, cuddly creatures deserve another chance and a little more love—an initiative I’m starting right now with the Ring-Tailed Bandit Hat from knitscene Accents 2018.

This adorable colorwork was inspired by the Masked Bandit motif from the popular AlterKnit Stitch Dictionary, designed by the talented Mone Dräger, and knit in Jamieson’s Double Knitting. Double Knitting is spun from Shetland wool raised on the Shetland Islands—which is basically as close as I’ll get to this bucket-list destination this year. Did I also mention that it comes in over 140 colors? Because that’s an almost unheard of array of colors and completely true!

The Ring-Tailed Bandit Hat is worked in the round from the bottom up and bound off after the ribbing. Stitches are then picked up to create a chain detail. A multi-colored pom-pom completes this hat and adds just the right amount of visual interest to balance the bold colorwork.

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Pattern Details

Photos by George Boe

FINISHED SIZE 18¾ (20¾, 22¾)” circumference at brim and 7¾ (9, 9¾)” tall. Hat shown measures 20¾”.

YARN Jamieson’s Double Knitting (100% Shetland wool; 82 yd [75 m]/⅞ oz [25 g]): #425 mustard (yellow; MC), 2 balls; #122 granite (light gray; CC1) and #999 black (CC2), 1 ball each. Yarn distributed by Simply Shetland.

NEEDLES Size 4 (3.5 mm): 16″ circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Size 5
 (3.75 mm): 16″ cir (affiliate links). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Markers (m); tapestry needle.

GAUGE 24 sts and 32 rows = 4″ in St st on smaller needles; 24 sts and 32 rows = 4″
 in charted patt on larger needles.

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