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!
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.
This hat comfortably fits most adult heads up to 58cm.
Naturally Sensation 10ply (70% merino/ 30%
40cm 4.5mm circular needle (or size to obtain gauge)
4.5mm Double Pointed Needles
GAUGE 22sts / 30rows = 10 cm in stockinette stitch
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)