Thursday, October 26, 2006

Argyle Cap

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Lion Kool Wool (50% merino wool/50% acrylic, 1.75oz/50g, 60yds/54m - discontinued) two skeins in Navy, less than one skein each in Claret and Charcoal
US10 (6mm) 16in (41cm) circular needle
US10 (6mm) double-pointed needles
Tapestry needle

14sts by 20rows = 4in (10cm) in stst

Finished Size:
Child (Adult S, Adult L) = 19 (21, 23)in [48 (53, 58)cm] in circumference

Note: This pattern first creates a navy cap with claret diamonds. Then the diagonal charcoal lines are added with duplicate stitch.

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Cast on 66 (72, 78) sts with Navy on circ. Join to work in the rnd, being careful not to twist.
Rnds 1-5: [k3, p3] around.
Rnds 6-7: knit around.
Rnds 8-9: [k3Navy, k1Claret, k2Navy] around.
Rnds 10-11: [k2N, k3C, k1N] around.
Rnds 12-13: [k1N, k5C] around.
Rnds 14-15: same as Rnds 10-11.
Rnds 16-17: same as Rnds 8-9.
With Navy, knit 1 (2, 3) rnds.
Crown Shaping:
Switch to dpns.
Rnd 1: [k9 (10, 11), k2tog] 6 times – 60 (66, 72) sts.
Rnd 2 & all even rnds: knit even.
Rnd 3: [k8 (9, 10), k2tog] 6 times – 54 (60, 66) sts.
Rnd 5: [k7 (8, 9), k2tog] 6 times – 48 (54, 60) sts.
Continue to dec 6 sts every other rnd until 24 sts rem.
Next rnd: knit even. Next rnd: k2tog around – 12 sts.
Next rnd: knit even. Next rnd: k2tog around – 6 sts.
Cut yarn and thread through rem loops using tapestry needle. Pull tight and tie off. Use tapestry needle and Charcoal yarn to duplicate stitch diagonal lines according to chart. Weave in ends.

Feel free to comment here with questions.

This pattern is intended for personal use only. Please do not try to sell it or any product made from it. Thank you.


  1. YOur pattern doesn't match the picture -- e.g., you say to knit two of each pattern row, but there is only one row of each in the photo.

  2. Also, you need to make a distinction in the color codes in the instructions between Claret and Charcoal. You use "C" for both. How about Cl and Ch?

  3. No, the pattern is correct. First you knit a navy hat with claret diamonds, without any charcoal. So each pattern row is worked twice, and all the "C"s refer to the claret. The charcoal only comes into play in the very end, when you use it to duplicate stitch the diagonal lines.

    Working stranded knitting with three colors is tricky enough, but doing so with this chunky yarn would have made that part of the hat way too bulky.

  4. Hello Carissa !
    I need help so I'd very much appreciate if you could answer me. I'd like to knit this pattern but I have some thick yarn which according to the label needs needles no 8 (European). In this case, how many sts do I need to cast on for Adult S size and is there going to be any difference in the number of the rnds ?... THANK YOU !!!

  5. It depends what gauge you get with size 8 needles. Does European 8 mean 8mm? If so, we're talking about a bigger needle than I used, so you may be able to get away with making the child size, again, depending on your gauge.

  6. First of all, thank you for answering. Now, no. 8 European is 8mm (at least this is what I see they wrote on the package). So, can I start doing the child size ?...
    And once again, thank you for your help.

  7. Now that I look back at the yarn I used, its label recommends an 8mm needle as well. Most yarns that use an 8mm get a gauge of 12-15sts=10cm, which is spot-on with this pattern at 14sts=10cm. I would recommend you do a gauge swatch first. If it comes out at 14st=10cm, then you're good to go with the Adult Small size. If it's more like 13sts=10cm, I'd go with the Child size. If it's further off, you may need to do a little math, or change needle size so that your gauge is more similar to one of those above.

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  10. Wow, I love the classic look of the argyle cap! It adds such a sophisticated touch to any outfit.
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