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Musselburgh

By Ysolda Teague

A classic double watchcap with 4-point crown shaping. This multi-gauge pattern includes six sizes and six gauges for heavy-laceweight to double knitting yarns.

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Shown in adult small using one skein of The Uncommon Thread Tough Sock

Pattern includes directions for gauges of 7, 6.5, 6, 5 and 4.5 sts per inch / 2.5cm Directions given for measuring the gauge while working the hat, but if you prefer to swatch, do so in the round

Choose a size based on your knowledge of your personal tension and the recommended needle size for your yarn. If using sock yarn use a needle a couple of sizes larger than you would use for socks.

includes 6 sizes and 6 gauges, so you can knit it with the yarn you prefer, to fit everyone.

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Musselburgh was inspired by a World War II era pattern for a Fatigue Cap, which “can be worn as a scarf, and has many other uses”. That pattern is simply a tube, seamed at each end and folded in half inside itself. I was struck by how modern this simple concept appeared, and how much like the simple, commercially knit beanies, that are ubiquitous on my local beaches in the winter. Instead of the straight seams across the ends I’ve added 4 point shaping, so you begin at one end with eight stitches, increase, knit forever, and then decrease to mirror the shaping at the other end. The length I’ve given will allow for a nice deep turned-up brim, but isn’t quite as long as the 36 inches in the wartime pattern – less useful as a scarf, or the mystery “other uses” but more comfortable as an every day hat. It’s also makes it the perfect length to wear slouchy.


  • SIZING

    Beanie[watchcap]
    Finished circumference 16[18, 20, 22, 24, 26]" / 40[45, 50, 55, 60, 65]cm
    Finished unfolded length: 15½[17½, 19½, 22, 24¾, 27¼]" / 39[44, 49, 55, 62, 68]cm

    Size
    baby toddler child–adult small adult medium adult large adult x-large
    inches
    To fit head circumference 16 18 20 22 24 26
    Unfolded length 15 1/2 17 1/2 19 1/2 22 24 3/4 27 1/4
    Length with brim folded up 5 1/4 6 6 3/4 7 3/4 8 3/4 9 3/4
    cm
    To fit head circumference 40 45 50 55 60 65
    Unfolded length 39 44 49 55 62 68
    Length with brim folded up 13 15 17 19.5 22 24.5

     

    GAUGE

    Pattern includes directions for gauges of 7, 6.5, 6, 5 and 4.5 stitches per inch / 2.5cm

    NEEDLES

    Dpns or circulars for your preferred method of working small circumferences in the round

    16" / 40cm circular (for sizes above baby)

    Choose a size based on your knowledge of your personal tension and the recommended needle size for your yarn. If using sock yarn use a needle a couple of sizes larger than you would use for socks.

    VERSION INFORMATION

    Musselburgh_v1.1pdf

  • YARN

    Heavy laceweight to DK weight yarn. A typically Aran weight gauge is included but I recommending only using this gauge for a lighter weight yarn that blooms, eg: a mohair or angora blend, or a strand of fingering weight held together with a laceweight mohair.

    Exact yardage will depend on size and yarn used. Shown in adult small using one skein of The Uncommon Thread Tough Sock

    size
    baby toddler child–adult small adult medium adult large adult x-large
    gauge yards
    7 230 270 330 430 500 610
    6.5 210 250 310 390 470 550
    6 190 230 280 370 440 510
    5.5 160 210 260 320 420 480
    5 150 190 230 300 350 420
    4.5 130 160 210 260 330 380
    metres
    7 210 250 300 390 460 560
    6.5 190 230 280 360 430 500
    6 170 210 260 340 400 470
    5.5 150 190 240 290 380 440
    5 140 170 210 270 320 380
    4.5 120 150 190 240 300 350

     

    NOTIONS

    Stitch markers 

  • Tubular cast on


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