I have always had this love for Missoni. That chevron and all the colors. Like many other knitters, I thought that I could select a bunch of colors and knit a simple chevron pattern to replicate the look.
It doesn't work that way.
After so many trials and so many stops and starts, I've finally figured out how to get the "look." But let's face it: It's not exactly Missoni, but I'll take it. It looks really pretty and it's a super fun knit!
A big part of the fun is finding a color combo that you like. Clever Chevy takes two kinds of yarn: A hand paint with not too many colors (maybe four or five) and rather short--but not too short--color changes. Another thing you want to look for are colors that contrast a bit. Not too monochrome. Your second color can literally come from your pile of leftover sock weight yarns. This could be a solid or a semi solid. You won't need to much.
The pattern comes in two sizes. There's a Youth/Adult Small, which fits like a regular beanie with no slouch. The Adult Slouch is exactly like the pink one you see here. It's pretty easy to make it slouchier by adding an inch or so before the crown decreases. Heck, you could even make it larger in circumference by adding increments of 17 stitches.
The striping sequence is easy and you will have a few ends to weave in as you go, or after you've completed the cap. This cap is a straightforward knit; there is only one semi-fancy maneuver and all it is, is a centered double decrease. All the instructions are included. I'd say this is a adventurous beginner/intermediate type of project.
Youth/Adult Small (Adult Slouch)
19" (21.25)” circumference, 9.25 (10. 5)” long
Miss Babs Hand-Dyed Tarte (75% superwash merino wool, 15% nylon, 10% tencel; 500 yards / 4.3 oz): 1 skein Biker Chick (MC)
Regia Silk (55% merino wool, 20% silk, 25% polyamide; 219 yards / 50 grams): Approximately 8 grams Anthracite Marl #098 (CC); scrap yarn in same weight will work as well
Miss Babs Hand-Dyed Tarte (75% superwash merino wool, 15% nylon, 10% tencel; 500 yards / 4.3 oz): 1 skein Deep Sea Jelly Fish (MC) Green cap is Lost Treasure
Regia Silk Sock Yarn (55% merino wool, 20% silk, 25% polyamide; 219 yards / 50 grams): Approximately 10 grams Anthracite Marl #098 (CC) (scrap yarn in same weight will work as well)
32 sts and 38 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Chevron Pattern
20” circular needle size US 2 (2.75 mm) or set of double-point needles
Change needle size to obtain gauge if necessary.
Stitch markers (1 in unique color for beg of rnd), tapestry needle
The pink and green caps are in the Adult Slouch Size. The orange is Youth/Adult Small.
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