Gauge: 12 or 13 sts per 4 inches (10 cm)
Note: This pattern can be worked flat; just add one or two stitches to the edges for seaming. Seam the brim loosely so that it will roll.
Cast on 72 sts and join into a circle. Knit 12 rounds for rolled brim, then begin color pattern of your choice. Carry the unused color fairly loosely behind the knitted color, or your hat will not be stretchy. To prevent long floats on the inside of the hat, it's good practice to catch the carried thread under the knitted stitch every four or five stitches whenever there is a long stretch of the same color.
When you have finished your pattern, knit in the background color until the hat is a total of about 30 rounds high. Switch to double pointed needles and decrease for the top of the hat, like this--
Knit 7, k2tog around. Knit a plain round.
K6, k2tog around. Knit a plain round.
K5, k2tog around. Knit a plain round.
K4, k2tog around. Knit a plain round.
K3, k2tog around. Knit a plain round.
K2, k2tog around.
K1, k2tog around.
Cut off yarn and run the tail twice around through the remaining 8 stitches, draw to the inside and tie off.
Sara used Lopi in light gray and black, and some leftover red worsted used doubled (even thicker might be better, as the ribbon would stand out more). The gray and black were stranded around the hat, but the red was cut into a separate long piece for each of the three ribbons and simply picked up and knitted in when needed; this meant that the yarn had to be dragged to the right for 3 or 4 stitches in row 12--against the "rules" of knitting, but it works okay.
The cream and brown hat shown follows the instructions as given. I was running out of the light gray yarn for the gray hat, so I made the contrast bands wider, and the whole hat is shorter, with the decreases starting on Round 24, which was really too short.
Note that the motifs overlap-- the foot of each granny is below the hand of the granny to the left of her--so that it's not easy to change the number of stitches in the repeat by inserting blank space between them. The light gray chart squares show how the foot lines up; the chart itself stops at the black line and doesn't include these two columns. The chart is 12 sts wide and 21 rows high, if you include two plain rows and a color row above and below the grannies; the grannies themselves are 15 rows high. Six grannies fit exactly around a 72-stitch hat.
Sources of pattern stitches:
The Scotties pattern was my own modification of a chart from an old Japanese machine knitting pattern book. The Norwegian Dancing Grannies is a traditional pattern, which I got from Vibeke Lind's Knitting in the Nordic Tradition.
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10 December 1999