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Fishtail Lace Slouch Hat in Eco Highland Duo

 Eco Highland Duo is warm, soft, squishy, and told me it wanted to be a hat.  There is enough wool in this scrumptious blend of Baby Alpaca and Merino Wool to make the Alpaca behave.  The generous 197 yard skein provides more than enough yardage for a lacy slouch hat.
 I made one mistake with this hat - I attempted to knit in while at Stitches West, while talking to people in our booth. This was not a good idea - fortunately it is possible to rip this out very carefully, but I don't know of any soft single ply yarns that are fond of being frogged.  Fortunately I was able to pick it back up again afterwards.
Materials

  • Eco Highland Duo (70% Undyed Baby Alpaca/30% Undyed Merino Wool - 197 yards/100 g) - 1 skein - shown in 2202
  • US 7 - 16" Circular needle
  • US 9 - 16" Circular needle
  • US 9 - DPN's
  • 1 Stitch Marker
  • Yarn Needle

Abbreviations
  • K - Knit
  • P - Purl
  • YO - Yarn Over
  • K2Tog - Knit 2 Together
  • s1 - Slip 1
  • psso - Pass Slipped Stitch Over
Finished Measurements
16" circumeference unstretched (will fit average woman's hat)
10" long from cast on edge
With US 7, Cast on 88 stitches.  Join in the round, careful not to twist.  Place marker.
K2, P2 for 1.5"

Change to US 9

Row 1 - (YO, K2, sl 1, K2tog, psso, K2, YO, K1)
Row 2 - K
Row 3 - K1, (YO, K1, sl 1,K2tog, psso, K1, YO, K3), last 7 - YO, K1, sl 1,K2tog, psso, K1, YO, K2
Row 4 - K
Row 5 - K2, (YO, sl 1, K2tog, psso, YO, K5) to last 6 sts - YO, sl 1, K2tog, psso, YO, K3
Row 6 - K

Continue until reach desired length.

Start decreases (switch to DPNs when necessary)
Row 1 - K6, K2tog
Row 2 - K5, K2tog
Row 3 - K4, K2tog
Row 4 - K3, K2tog
Row 5 - K2, K2tog
Row 6 - K1, K2tog
Row 7 - K2tog

Cut yarn and thread yarn through remaining stitches.
Weave in ends.



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