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Free Knitting Pattern: Swift River Hat

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Lion Brand® LB Collection® Baby Alpaca
Pattern #: 90334AD
Rating: *****4.3 (based on 3 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate (Level 3)

SIZE: One Size
Finished Circumference 19 in. (48.5 cm)


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This cozy colorwork hat is light and warm in super soft alpaca.
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Color (A)
LB Collection® Baby Alpaca

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Color (B)
LB Collection® Baby Alpaca

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LB Collection® Baby Alpaca
Natural Tan Fawn Heather Auburn Silver Grey Heather Black
*LB Collection Baby Alpaca (Article #488). 100% Baby Alpaca; package size: 1.75oz/50.00 gr. (146yds/133m) pull skeins

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•  488-126 LB Collection Baby Alpaca Yarn: Auburn
$ 11.98  
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•  488-124 LB Collection Baby Alpaca Yarn: Tan
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Lion Brand Split Ring Stitch Markers   $ 2.49  
Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)   $ 3.59  
Additional Materials
Circular knitting needle size 4 (3.5 mm), 16 in. (40 cm) long
Circular knitting needle size 5 (3.75 mm), 16 in. (40 cm) long

Swift River Hat

Lion Brand® LB Collection® Baby Alpaca


29 sts = 4 in. (10 cm) over Color Pattern. 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


K2, p2 Rib worked in the rnd (multiple of 4 sts)
Rnd 1:
*K2, p2; rep from * around.
Rep Rnd 1 for K2, p2 Rib worked in the rnd.

Color Pattern (multiple of 4 sts + 3)
Rnd 1:
With A, knit.
Rnd 2: With B, k1, sl 1 wyif, k1, *sl 1 wyib, k1, sl 1 wyif, k1; rep from * around.
Rnd 3: With B, k3, *sl 1 wyib, k3; rep from * around.
Rnd 4: With A, k1, *sl 1 wyib, k3; rep from * to last 2 sts, sl 1 wyib, k1.
Rnd 5: With A, knit.
Rnd 6: With B, k1, sl 1 wyib, k1, *sl 1 wyif, k1, sl 1 wyib, k1; rep from * around.
Rnd 7: With B, k1, *sl 1 wyib, k3; rep from * to last 2 sts, sl 1 wyib, k1.
Rnd 8: With A, k3, *sl 1 wyib, k3; rep from * around.
Rep Rnds 1-8 for Color Pattern.

With smaller needle and A, cast on 140 sts. Place marker for beg of rnd and join, being careful not to twist sts.
Work in K2, P2 Rib worked in the rnd for 5 in. (12.5 cm).
Change to larger needle.
Next Rnd: Knit to last 2 sts, knit 2 sts together – 139 sts at end of this rnd.
Beg with Rnd 1 of pattern, work in Color Pattern until piece measures about 11 1/2 in. (29 cm) from beg, end with Rnd 1 of Color Pattern.
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail of A. Thread tail through remaining sts and pull to gather. Knot securely.


Cut a 40 in. (101.5 cm) length of A and fold in half. Slip folded end over a doorknob and knot remaining end. Slip a knitting needle or pencil through the knotted end. Turn the needle to twist the strands clockwise until they are tightly twisted. Keeping the strands taut, fold the piece in half, remove the needle and allow the Cord to twist on itself.
With Cord on WS of Hat, pull each end of Cord separately through to RS at top Hat. Knot ends to secure Cord to top of Hat. Knot each end of Cord, about 2 in. (5 cm) from end. Allow ends to untwist below knots. Weave in ends.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) k = knit
p = purl rep = repeat(s)(ing)
rnd(s) = round(s) sl = slip
st(s) = stitch(es) wyib = with yarn in back
wyif = with yarn in front  

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Pattern Average Rating: *****4.3 (based on 3 reviews)
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Swift River Hat Reviewed by Robin Schogol on 2010-10-21 *****
Blacks suit me better than browns, so I changed the colors. I love it! I get a ton of compliments, and I will make it for a few family members, too. I opted not to put tassels on.

It took a little practice to get the pattern right, but once I did the hat knitted up quickly, and it's very soft and warm.

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