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Soft is the song my paddle sings - Canada 150 Hat Knitting Pattern (PDF) by Phibersmith Designs

Phibersmith Designs

Soft is the song my paddle sings - Canada 150 Hat Knitting Pattern (PDF) by Phibersmith Designs


Sleep, sleep! By your mountains steep, 
Or down where the prairie grasses sweep, 
Now fold in slumber your laggard wings, 
For soft is the song my paddle sings. 
-E. Pauline Johnson

Celebrating an integral part of Canadian history in honour of our country’s 150th birthday, this hat features a wide brim of cabled canoes and a crown formed of cabled paddles. In a land where outdoor enjoyment often requires a little extra insulation, don your woolies and get out on the water.

The brim of the hat is worked first in one long strip, starting with a provisional cast-on so that it can be seamed with the opposite end using a three-needle bind-off (tutorial links included).

Once seamed, stitches are picked up around the top edge of the brim to knit the crown of the hat. The top edge has one selvage stitch, which makes it easy to identify each individual edge stitch when picking up stitches.

Sizes: S/M to fit head circumference 20 - 21” (51 - 53 cm) & M/L to fit head circumference 21 - 22” (53 - 56 cm)

Tools & Materials:

  • Yarn: Worsted
    Wellington Fibres 3 ply, 100g / 160 yds (146 m), 30% Mohair/70% Wool; 1 skein. Pictured in “Wellington Cranberry."
  • Needles: US Size 6/ 4 mm 16” (40 cm) circular needle and set of 4 or 5 DPNs.
  • stitch marker, scrap yarn, cable needle, tapestry needle.
  • Stockinette gauge: 21 sts & 27 rows = 4" (10 cm), blocked.
  • Canoe panel gauge: 25 sts = 3.5” (9 cm), 28 rows = 4” (10 cm), blocked.

Pattern includes full written as well as charted instructions.

Special Techniques:

  • Cabling
  • Three-needle bind off
  • Picking up stitches along a selvage edge
  • Knitting in the round

Stitches Used (beyond K & P)

  • K3tog
  • K2tog
  • SSK
  • Sl1
  • KFBF
  • Various cable stitches

Full list of abbreviations included in pattern.

Yarn buying information: Wellington Fibres

See this pattern on Ravelry

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