Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Ombré


The word ombré means "having colors or tones that shade into each other —used especially of fabrics in which the color is graduated from light to dark" It is derived from the French verb ombrer (to shade). I think that this aptly describes the following hat, where a simple colorwork pattern causes one color to shade into the next.


Materials

  • Up to 9 colors of worsted weight wool (between 1-11 g of each color; 67 g total). I used KnitPicks Wool of the Andes scraps in Evergreen (A - 11 g), Avocado (B - 7 g), Grass (C - 8 g), Spruce (D - 9 g), Wonderland Heather (E - 8g), Cloud (F - 8 g), Lake Ice Heather (G - 6 g), Blue Ink (H - 3 g), and Cobblestone Heather (I - 1 g). For the 2 color version you will need 34 g of one color, 33 g of the second color.
  • Size 6 (4.0 mm) circular or double pointed needles.
  • Gauge: 11 sts/2 inches and 11 rows/2 inches over colorwork pattern;
  • Notions: yarn needle to weave in loose ends.
  • Finished size: 18.25" circumference, 8.5" long.   

The Ombré Hat Knitting Pattern

  • Cast on 100 stitches on size 6 needles with color A.
  • Join to knit in the round and knit 6 rows of 2x2 ribbing (K2, P2 across the whole row)
  • Begin knitting the chart, starting at the bottom and following it from right to left. Note: The main body of the hat is a repeat of 4 stitches, but the charts for the crown decreases are in increments of 20. I have provided charts for both the 4 stitch repeat for the main body of the hat and for the 20 stitch repeat including the crown decreases.
    Color Key:
    4 stitch knitting chart key for the main body of the Ombré Hat knitting pattern. (See Below for a chart for the hat including the decreases for the crown.)


    Knitting Chart for the entire Ombré Hat pattern, including the decreases.


  • The crown decreases are illustrated in the chart above, but I have included general written instructions for the crown shaping as well. Note: these written instructions do not indicate where the color changes occur. The color changes for crown decreases start with a 20 st repeat. So while there are 10 decreases per decrease round, there are 5 repeats of the colorwork pattern. Please refer to the above chart for the color changes during the crown decreases.
    • *K8, K2tog* across (90 sts)
    • K 1 round
    • *K7, K2tog* across (80 sts)
    • K 1 round
    • *K6, K2tog* across (70 sts)
    • K 1 round
    • *K5, K2tog* across (60 sts)
    • K 1 round
    • *K4, K2tog* across (50 sts)
    • K 1 round
    • *K3, K2tog* across (40 sts)
    • K 1 round
    • *K2 k2tog* across (30 sts)
    • K1 round
    • *K1, k2tog* across (20 sts)
    • K2tog across (10 sts)
    • K2tog across (5 sts)
  • Cut yarn and pull through remaining stitches. Weave in all loose ends.

The inside of the hat looks pretty cool, too!


Two Color Version of the Ombré HatThe hat in the pattern instructions was knit with 9 different colors. I also made a chart for a two color version so you can get a simpler idea of how the pattern works:



I designed this hat for a close friend of the family (I cannot name her in case she ever checks my blog!) I hope that she likes it!

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Abbreviations Used in this pattern:
Kfb - increase by knitting into the front and back of a single stitch.
M1 (Make 1)- increase stitch by picking up yarn between two stitches, twisting and knitting.
K - knit
P - purl
I-cord - knit stitches on dpn's without ever turning the needle (effectively knitting in the round with a small number of stitches.)
SSK - decrease by slipping two stitches then knitting them together. Alternatively, you could slip one stitch, knit one stitch and pass slipped stitch over.
K2tog - decrease by knitting two stitches together.

These knitting pattern was created by ChemKnits for your personal or charity use. You are not to sell, distribute or reprint this pattern without the permission of ChemKnits. © 2011 ChemKnits

13 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the pattern! I've been knitting up my stash and debating what to do with my bits of kw yarn as stripes aren't what I want. This is just perfect!
    Heather

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  2. You are very welcome, Heather!

    -Rebecca

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  3. I love the pattern, but I really wish that the needle sizes would include the metric size as well, since many of us looking at these patterns live outside the USA, and go by different sets of needle sizes. I'm in Canada, and have had to use all three versions at various times: English, US, and metric, but the metric is the most definitive I believe...the numbers used by both English and American are NOT compatible, while millimeters is absolutely clear! Thanks,
    Bob

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    1. Hi Bob,

      Sorry about that! Size 6 US is 4.0 mm knitting needles. I've updated the materials on the pattern to reflect this. I try to include the metric sizes when I have that information available, but my circular needles only have US sizes on them. (My small dpn's have both, so I try to include the mm size on many patterns.) I can certainly understand the frustration. Thank you again for bringing this to my attention.

      Cheers,
      Rebecca

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  4. Inches would be different, too, from the English system.

    USA went separate ways - probably because we couldn't figure out the metric system. ;-)

    Marny (not Anonymous)

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  5. Ha! I will continue to give my dimensions in inches because that is what I think in. Inches are less ambiguous than needle sizes. (Especially if I don't specify what country needle size I'm talking about!)

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  6. I love this pattern, and would like to make it for my grandchild. Is there any chance you could provide additional adjusted numbers in the pattern for children? Thanks.

    Tena

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    1. Hi Tena,

      I am not very familiar with children's head sizes so I will not be updating the pattern, but here are some suggestions on how I would modify the design to fit a child.

      1) Gauge. By using smaller needles and/or thinner yarn you can knit the pattern as written but with an increased # of stitches/inch to make a smaller hat.

      The 11 sts/2" that I knit the hat on provide a hat with an 18.25" circumference. My head is 21" around and the hat fits me very comfortably. I am about to release a pattern for matching mittens that is knit at 7 sts/1" on size 3 knitting needles. This gauge would give you a 14.25" hat.

      When I knit this hat for my husband, I used a slightly larger gauge since his head is bigger than mine.

      2) Reduce stitches. The stitch pattern is a 4 stitch repeat throughout the body of the hat. The crown decreases occur on a 20 stitch repeat, but since all decreases happen IN pattern, this is something that could be adjusted as you go. If you only cast on 80 sts, you could get a 14.6" hat. (You would also need to account for the hat length. Removing one of the colors stripes (9 rows) would decrease the length ~1.5")

      I hope this helps!

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  7. I love the ombre hat; the colors used are so vibrant and when I made one everyone wants one know. Thanks alot for taking the time to give everyone a chance to make your cute hat... By any chance do you have an easy pattern on how to knit a kingsize blanket with a very simple desighn on it? I really appreaciate it if you put one on your site. GOD bless you.

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    1. The only blanket that I have designed is the 10 hour knit afghan, which as written fits a full sized bed. I don't think this really fits what you are looking for, however. Good luck!

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  8. Thank you for this wonderful pattern.. I'm going to try it out tonight.

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  9. Is this with straight needles?

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    1. No, the pattern calls for US size 6 circular or double pointed knitting needles and is knit in the round.

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