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Monday, July 02, 2007

FREE PATTERN – “La Lanterne Rouge” hat


The rider who is bringing up the rear (ie last) in the Tour de France is known as the “Lanterne Rouge” – the nickname stems from a time when red lamps used to hang from cabooses on trains.

When I think of the “Lanterne Rouge”, I have to admit I have rather romantic notions – this cyclist does not care if he doesn’t hold the yellow or green jersey, nor does he worry if he is not a contender for the King of the Mountain – because, this cyclist is ecstatic just to be competing in the world’s most prestigious cycling event and does not care where he places. There are times when I sometimes feel a little like a “Lanterne Rouge”, but then I remember that sometimes making it somewhere is usually most of the battle. This design is for anyone who has ever been proud to just show up!

Make this hat in a bright red and no matter how far you fall behind the peloton, they will never be able to lose you!

For this design I took inspiration from the shape of old iron lamps with live flames trapped within, and a ring on top from which you can hand the lamp. Worked in the entirely in the round, twisted stitches (or mini cables), divide the hat into 6 sections, each containing a flame motif on a basic lace background. An angora blend has been used to create a ‘halo’ or ‘glow’ effect. In order to obtain greater stitch definition, all knit stitches are twisted (worked through the back loop).

This hat uses less than one skein of yarn, however, if you make a gauge swatch you will have to unravel it to complete the project.

SIZE

This hat comfortably fits most adult heads up to 58cm.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Cirumference: 44cm

Height: 26cm

MATERIALS

Naturally Sensation 10ply (70% merino/ 30% Angora – 120m per 50 skein – shade 305) x1

40cm 4.5mm circular needle (or size to obtain gauge)
4.5mm Double Pointed Needles

Stitch markers
Tapestry needle

GAUGE 22sts / 30rows = 10 cm in stockinette stitch

PATTERN

Cast on 102 stitches.

Join in round, being careful not to twist – place marker at beginning of round.

Follow chart from right to left starting at row #1. Repeat chart 5 times to complete round.

Continue following chart to row 72 (6 stitches remain)

Knit 2 together 3 times (3 stitches remain)

Work an i-cord on remaining 3 stitches until i-cord measures 8cm.

Cut off working yarn and pull through remaining 3 stitches to bind. Sew end of i-cord to top of hat to create loop as shown in pictures.

Weave in all ends.


(Click to enlarge chart)




10 comments:

Meg said...

this pattern is absolutely brilliant!!!!

Lara said...

Gorgeous!

Kate said...

Congratulations on your brave Depression outage! This Black Dog features in my family with 2 siblings needing medication to cope. My sympathy and support in your battle; I'm so glad that your chosen armory is yarn and knitting needles!

Taphophile said...

The pattern is utterly divine. Thank you. :)

Peg-woolinmysoup said...

I have copied the pattern and intend to knit the hat. I wonder where I can find a dictionary of the symbols on the chart! I must start watching the Tour yet, but will start tomorrow, I promise! Best of luck with your knitting and life!

Dipsy said...

What a totally cool hat this is! Thank you so much for sharing the pattern - I will definitely try my hands at it!

Ina said...

I surfed over from the TdF KAL - thanks for a clever pattern.

Let your light shine! Fight the Black Dog!!!

Edie said...

the Iditarod, a 1000 mile sled dog race in Alaska, also has a Red Lantern Award!

miss ewe said...

Wow, such a great pattern! I absolutely love the Tour, and appreciate the sentiment behind this. Thanks!

Kimski said...

Wow, I just love this pattern.
I just came across it on ravelry.
I'm actually a bit envious that I didn't design it myself.

I love it illuminated, as well as as a hat.

Your work is just lovely. You do us black dog knitters proud.