On the seventh day of Christmas, Tin Can Knits gave to me…
twist stitch tam,
booties warm and wee!
hip slouchy hat,
honey flavoured mitts,
sea inspired socks,
and cabled mittens for under the tree!
Sometimes all you need is simple satisfaction. The Lowlands hat is all about this sort of minimalism; just garter and stockinette stitch. It was one of our earlier designs, is now revised and improved, with the baby-to-big sizing you expect from Tin Can Knits.
If you don’t have aran weight yarn on hand, you can make up to this gauge by holding strands of lighter weight yarns together. The resulting marled effect can be pretty cool! I’ve used a DK weight plus a lace weight to get gauge for Max’s hat.
Sizing: baby (toddler, child, adult SM, adult L)
fits head 16 (18, 19, 21, 22)” around
Yarn: 70 (90, 100, 120, 140) yds worsted / aran weight yarn (Samples shown in Rainbow Heirloom Brit Aran in ‘winding road’ and a combination of Handmaiden Cashmere 4ply in ‘moss’ and a hand dyed lace yarn held together to equal a worsted weight)
Needles: US #7 / 4.5mm (or as required to meet gauge)
16-20” circular needle and DPNs
Gauge: 18 sts & 24 rounds / 4” in stockinette
Lowlands is sleek and stylish worn right-side out with a stockinette crown, and more rustic or casual when worn inside-out showing reverse stockinette. To knit the child size version that Max is wearing, I held a DK weight yarn together with a lace weight yarn, to achieve the pattern gauge of 18 sts / 4″. This creates the ‘marled’ effect. You could also hold 2 sock weight yarns together for a similar gauge.
the right side or the ‘dark side’
If you knit a marled version, or work in a more variegated yarn, you may find that the effect is even prettier on the reverse, as the purl bumps break up any ‘pools’ or ‘shots’ of colour for a more pebbled and uniform effect. On either side, the rolled slipped-stitch hem creates a tidy little edge detail.
learn something new!
While this beanie looks perfectly simple, it contains some intermediate techniques. Grab the pattern, then follow along with our tutorials to learn how to Kitchener stitch, and how to pick up and knit stitches.
To achieve ‘just the right’ minimalist look requires carefully executed details. The garter stitch brim of the Lowlands hat is knit from side to side, then grafted to form a seamless band, using a combination of stockinette and garter stitch grafting (this is described step-by-step in the pattern).
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the beauty of simple stitches: garter + stockinette
Here at Tin Can Knits we’re known for our love of garter and stockinette! We created the entire Simple Collection using primarily these basic stitch patterns. With 8 free seamless patterns, and step-by-step tutorials to guide you as you learn each new technique, this collection has all you need to learn to make modern seamless knits for the entire family.
If you haven’t checked it out yet, take a look now! And if you already love it, take a moment to share it with your knit friends… We created The Simple Collection is for sharing, teaching, and simple enjoyment.
Simple Simple Simple from TCK: