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Patchwork Qiviut Cap

By
Caryll McConnell / Caryll Designs
www.carylldesigns.com

This is an easy cap to knit though it does require a number of seams once all of the pieces are made. You can use any assortment of yarns that will keep to the given gauge so use up some of those remnants! It is very portable and takes only 10-15 minutes to complete each piece. Play with colors and textures to make each cap unique! Qiviut makes it an exceptional Chemo Cap for lightweight warmth.

Size: one size fits most though large, can be adjusted in final headband. For smaller size, use smaller needles and 6.5sts/in gauge.
Yarn: 1.5oz (approximately 350 yards) 100% Qiviut Fingering weight in 2 or more colors.
Needles: US 6 (4.25mm) 16” circular or double pointed.
Gauge: 6 stitches to 1 inch

Abbreviations:

  • MC – Main Color
  • CC – Contrast Color
  • M1 – Make One: lift bar between last stitch knit and next stitch, knit through the back loop.
  • SSK – Slip 1 knitwise, slip 1 again, knit both slipped stitches together.
  • K2Tog – Knit 2 stitches together.

You will need to make a total of 28 Diamonds and 8 Triangles. Leave a 5-6 inch yarn tail at the beginning and end of your pieces. Use these tails for seams.

Diamonds:

  1. MC - Cast On 3 stitches
  2. Purl
  3. K1, M1, K1, M1, K1 – 5sts.
  4. Purl
  5. CC – K1, M1, K3, M1, K1 – 7sts.
  6. Knit
  7. MC – K1, M1, K5, M1, K1 – 9sts.
  8. Purl
  9. CC – K1, M1, K7, M1, K1 – 11sts.
  10. Knit
  11. MC – K1, M1, K9, M1, K1 – 13sts.
  12.  Purl
  13.  CC – K1, M1, 11, M1, K1 – 15sts
  14.  Knit
  15.  MC – K1, M1, K13, M1, K1 – 17sts.
  16.  Purl
  17.  CC – K1, M1, K15, M1, K1 – 19sts.
  18.  Knit
  19.  MC – K1, SSK, K13, K2Tog, K1 – 17sts.
  20.  Purl
  21.  CC – K1, SSK, K11, K2Tog, K1 – 15sts.
  22.  Knit
  23.  MC – K1, SSK, K9, K2Tog, K1 – 13sts.
  24.  Purl
  25.  CC – K1, SSK, K7, K2Tog, K1 – 11sts.
  26.  Knit
  27.  MC – K1, SSK, K5, K2Tog, K1 – 9sts.
  28.  Purl
  29.  CC – K1, SSK, K3, K2Tog, K1 – 7sts.
  30.  Knit
  31.  MC – K1, SSK, K1, K2Tog – 5sts.
  32.  Purl
  33.  SSK, K1, K2Tog – 3sts
  34.  Bind off in Purl

Triangles: Work through Row 18, 19sts. Knit Bind Off next row in MC.

Construction: Seam 1 leg of each V together, only the bottom half of a diamond at a time. See the photo above right for beginning Center Crown & first 8 Diamonds detail.

  • 4 Diamonds in Center Crown
  • 8 Diamonds, 2 in each V of Center, to complete the Crown.
  • 8 Diamonds, 1 in each V of last join, to turn the Crown and begin the Head section.
  • 8 Diamonds, 1 in each V of last join, to complete the Head section.
  • 8 Triangles, 1 in each V of last join, to complete the Cap shape.

 Garter Stitch Headband:

  • Using US 6 by 16 inch circular needle, Pick Up 17 stitches for each Triangle (2 stitches for each were used in the seams). Place marker and join. 136 stitches (more or less is OK).
  • This next row is the “sizing” row. For Qiviut especially, I like to make the Headband about 2-3 inches smaller than needed because Qiviut does not have the elasticity of most wool yarns. Try your cap on to determine how much you’ll want to tighten it up keeping in mind that it will stretch somewhat. Decide how many inches/stitches you need to decrease.
  • For my large, 23 inch head, I decreased to 120 stitches total by working one row of Purl 6, P2Tog around. I got this by dividing 136 by 16 (the number of stitches to decrease), which is 8.5. Therefore I purled 2 less stitches than my given 8 before purling 2 together. Don’t worry if it doesn’t divide evenly, you’ll never notice.
  • Continue working in Garter Stitch, Knit 1 round, Purl 1 round, alternating colors as desired every 2 rounds.
  • Bind off loosely in Knit.

Work in all those yarn tails, whew! Hand Wash in warm water with mild shampoo squeezing gently, Rinse, Air Dry, and Enjoy!

© 2005, Caryll McConnell dba Caryll Designs. You may use and distribute this pattern freely keeping this copyright info intact.

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