I cast on the hat for my Ruched Hat and Boot Wraps last Friday while hanging out on my front porch enjoying the gorgeous fall weather.
I used a simple knitted cast on and joined to work in the round. Then I began my garter edging, which will give the hat a casual but polished brim.
As I knit the brim, I realized that I hadn’t done anything in garter stitch in a while. I think we take the texture of this stitch for granted because it’s usually the first one we learn when we start knitting, but the rhythmic waves of yarn really are soothing.
The garter section went pretty fast, and then I worked a few rounds of stockinette to get to a point where I could begin my ruching.
I had never ruched my knits before, but after reading our Beginner’s Guide in the Fall 2014 Issue and checking out our helpful ruching picture tutorial, I felt confident. In fact, my first attempt came out perfectly! I chose to pick up purl stitches 9 rounds beneath my live stitches. The pattern recommends 8-10, and I’m a fan of splitting the difference.
Here, the orange marker is the beginning of my round, and the green one is on the stitch I’m about to ruche. I didn’t need to mark my stitches to do the ruching, but I’ve marked this one so you can follow along and see where this stitch goes. I’ve turned my work to the wrong side so you can get a better look at what’s happening.
Using my left needle, I picked up the marked purl bump 9 rounds beneath my next live stitch.
Here, I’ve turned my work back to the right side.
I transferred the picked up purl bump to my left needle so I could knit it together with the next stitch.
I removed the green marker to knit the picked up purl bump with the next stitch.
I love the cool, gathered effect the ruching creates, and I REALLY love how easy it is!
Check out the wrong side of my hat. The purl bumps I picked up and ruched are elongated , but these strands won’t be visible.
The ruching kept me engaged, while the easy stockinette was fun to work on as I watched TV. It wasn’t long before I was ready for the crown shaping.
I just finished up my hat, and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you all. I can’t wait to wear it!
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