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Home : Patterns : Knit Kool-Aid Dyed Hat & Scarf

Free Knitting Pattern: Knit Kool-Aid Dyed Hat & Scarf

Lion Brand® Fishermen's Wool®
Pattern #: 20318

Hat: Intermediate, Scarf: Easy

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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: One Size

Hat 21 inces circumference Scarf 7 inches x 36 inches

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Here's a fun project that will show you with step-by-step photos, how to dye and knit thi beret and tasseled scarf with Fisherman's Wool. The instruction sheet shows you in full-color photos how to dye yarn for this hat and scarf using Kool-Aid. You'll be able to use the technique to dye other projects too!

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Fishermen's Wool®

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Fishermen's Wool®
Natural Oatmeal Brown Heather Nature's Brown Oak Tweed Maple Tweed Birch Tweed
*Fishermen's Wool (Article #150). 100% Pure Virgin Wool
Only 202: 78% Pure Virgin Wool, 13% Acrylic, 9% Rayon ; package size: 8 oz  (227 g), 465 yards (425 m)
ONLY 202: 6 oz (170 g), 348 yards (318 m)

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•  150-098 Fishermen's Wool Yarn: Natural
$ 12.99  
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Knit Kool-Aid Dyed Hat & Scarf

Lion Brand® Fishermen's Wool®


17 sts + 20 rows = 4" (10 cm) in St st (k on RS, p on WS). BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.

When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch


Wind Yarn into Skeins
Divide the skein of yarn into 4 equal skeins, approximately 116 yds/2 oz each. You can do this on skein winder or even by winding the yarn around the back of a chair. Try to get the skeins as equal in yardage as possible, otherwise you might run out of one color before finishing your projects. With scrap yarn, tie each skein in four places using a figure eight. This keeps the skein from getting tangled while dyeing and rinsing. If you would like to have several dyed skeins to choose from, use 2 skeins of Fishermen’s Wool and divide into 8 equal skeins. Then dye more skeins than needed so you can pick out your 4 favorites! Use the extras for another project.

Pre-soak Yarn
In a dishpan, bucket or other container, put a cup of vinegar and just enough warm water to cover all of the skeined yarn you are dyeing. The vinegar helps to set the dye. Put your skeined yarn in the container, and with your rubber gloves on your hands, push the yarn down to get it wet. Leave it soaking while you prepare the drink mixes.

Prepare Drink Mixes
Using a separate mixing container per flavor, empty mixes into containers, add a little warm water and stir to dissolve. The more water you add, the more diluted the color will be. You can even mix two flavors together to get a new color.

After preparing all of the colors that you want to use, gently squeeze all excess water out of a skein of yarn, leaving the other skeins soaking until you are ready for them. Lay the skein flat in the microwave-safe dish, with as much of the yarn exposed as possible. You can put the skein in a zig-zag shape or spiral in order to fit it into the dish. Apply the drink mixes to the yarn by using syringes, brushes, or spray bottles. If you use a syringe, you can squirt lines and have better control placing color. When applying the color, keep in mind the more colors you use, the muddier it will be. Using 2 or 3 colors per skein will look the best and keep the colors “"cleaner".” When finished, push down on the yarn so that the color will penetrate as much as possible. Gently flip the skein over and apply the same colors to the other side. Place dish in microwave uncovered and cook for 2 minutes. Let it sit for 2 minutes. (While it’s cooking and sitting, you can dye another skein in another dish — foam trays or plates also work well.)Repeat cooking process. Depending on your microwave, you may need to cook a third time. How can you tell? If you push down on the yarn and colored water comes out, it needs to be cooked again. If the water is clear, it’s done. Cooking 3 times (a total of 6 minutes) should be plenty. Let yarn sit until its cool, then rinse. Remove all excess water either by rolling the skeins in a clean, dry towel; or, spin out all excess water using the spin only cycle in a washing machine.Set skeins on a towel, or hang to dry. When the skeins are completely dry, wind into balls and you’re ready to begin knitting!


NOTE: Label your 4 skeins with letters: Colors A, B, C & D.


M1 (make 1 st) An increase worked by inserting left needle from back to front under horizontal strand between st just worked and next st on left needle. Purl this strand through front loop to twist it.


Pattern 1, Color A K 6 rows (3 Garter ridges made).

Pattern 2, Color B
Row 1 (RS): Knit.
Row 2: Purl.
Rows 3-5: Knit.
Row 6 (WS): Purl.
Row 7: Knit.

Pattern 3, Color C
Row 1 (WS): Knit.
Row 2: K1, *p1, k1; rep from * across.
Rows 3-7: Knit the p sts and purl the k sts.

Pattern 4, Color D
Rows 1-3 (RS): Knit.
Row 4: Purl.
Rows 5-8 Rep Rows 1-4.

Pattern 5, Color A
Rows 1-2 (RS): Knit.
Row 3: K1, *p1, k1; rep from * across.
Row 4: Knit.
Rows 5-6 Rep Rows 3-4.

Pattern 6, Color C
Knit 3: rows.

Pattern 7, Color B
Rows 1-2 (WS): Knit.
Row 3: Purl.
Row 4: Knit.
Row 5:Purl.


Panel 1 Rep Patterns 1-7 until panel is complete.
Panel 2 Beg with Pattern 4, work through Pattern 7; then rep Patterns 1-7 until panel is complete.
Panel 3 Beg with Pattern 2, work through Pattern 7; then rep Patterns 1-7 until panel is complete.
Panel 4 Beg with Pattern 6, work through Pattern 7; then rep Patterns 1-7 until panel is complete.


Work each panel as follows in the indicated pattern sequence: With first color used in panel, cast on 23 sts. Work in pattern sequence and at the same time, on the 5th row, inc as follows: k 1, M1, work in pattern to last st, M1, k 1 – 2 sts increased. Working new sts into pattern, rep inc row every RS row 5 times more – 35 sts. Work even in pattern until piece measures 3" from beg. Mark each end of row. Dec 1 st each edge next RS row, then every 4th row twice more, then every other row to 5 sts. (Note If ending a pattern within the following rows, do not change colors. Continue working in same color in St st.) Next RS Row K 1, slip 1, k2tog, psso, k 1 – 3 sts. Next RS Row Slip 1, k2tog, psso. Fasten off.


Sew panels together in order, matching markers, leaving seam between panels 4 and 1 open. Brim With Color D and RS facing, pick up and k 23 sts per panel – 92 sts. Work 6 rows in K1, P1 Rib. Bind off. Sew brim seam and panel 4 to panel 1. Weave in all ends.


Ribbing With Color D, cast on 29 sts. Work 4 rows in K1, P1 Rib. Center Working first and last 2 sts in Garter st (k every row) for selvage, work Patterns 1-7 six times. Ribbing With Color D, k 1 row. Work 3 rows in K1, P1 Rib. Bind off in rib. Weave in all ends. Fringe: Cut 40 strands of yarn 15" long. Wrap yarn around a video box lengthwise, to get 15" lengths. Using 4 strands of yarn and crochet hook, make 5 fringes along each short end.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
inc = increas(e)(s)(ing) k = knit
p = purl psso = pass slipped stitch over
rep = repeat(s)(ing) RS = right side
St st = Stockinette stitch st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = wrong side  

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