Thu Nov 17, 2005

Esther Williams Hat pattern – Synchronized Knitting



1 skein Lamb’s Pride worsted weight yarn (mohair/wool blend)
size 8, 16 inch circular needle, plus double points
stitch marker
size E crochet hook for edging
embroidery needle to weave in ends


18 stitches and 21 rows in stockinette stitch

Stitch Guide-

LSYO- Lift Stranded Yarns Over. With right needle, from front to back, lift the two stranded yarns. Knit the next stitch, which will be the center of the three knit stitches. Pick up the stranded yarns with left needle and lift off of right needle.

TDS- Triple Decrease Sequence. (This only happens on either round 5 or 11 in pattern, when the strands need to be lifted. This will begin at the first of the three knit stitches). Lift the two stranded yarns in the usual way. Slip 1st knit stitch as if to knit, knit next 2 knit stitches together, pass slipped stitch over and off of the right needle, pass the stranded yarns over and off the right needle. This will make 1 stitch out of 3. Next, on the three purl stitches that follow, slip one as if to knit, knit two together, pass slipped stitch over. Lastly, repeat the first decrease on the next three knit stitches. You have made 3 stitches out of 9.

SSD- Single Set Decrease. This divides up the decreases mentioned above into different parts. When working the purled stitches, simply slip 1, knit 2 together, and pass the slipped stitch over. When working the knit and stranded stitches, decrease as outlined above. An SSD makes 1 stitch out of 3.


Cast on 96 stitches. Place marker at beginning of round as you join into the round.

round 1- (purl 3, slip 3 w/ yarn in front)
round 2- same as round 1
round 3- (purl 3, knit 3)
round 4- same as round 3
round 5- knit 4, LSYO, (knit 5, LSYO), knit 1
round 6- knit 3, purl 3
round 7- (with yarn in front, slip 3, purl 3)
round 8- same as round 7
round 9- knit 3, purl 3
round 10- same as round 9
round 11- knit 1, LSYO, (knit 5, LSYO), knit 4
round 12- purl 3, knit 3

Work rounds 1-12 three times.

Work rounds 1-4 once more.

1st decrease round- Work 21 stitches in pattern, TDS, work 39 stitches in pattern, TDS, finish round.

Work pattern rounds 6-10.

2nd decrease round- work 6 stitches in pattern, TDS, work 39 stitches in pattern, TDS, finish round.

Work pattern rounds 12, then 1-4 again.

3rd decrease round- Work 27 stitches, TDS, work 27 stitches, TDS.

Work rounds 6-12 even in pattern, no decreasing.

Work rounds 1-4.

4th decrease round- (knit 3, TDS) all the way around.

Work rounds 6-10.

5th decrease round- SSD all the way around. You will have 10 stitches left at this point.

Last round- knit 1, purl 1 all the way around, cut yarn leaving a long tail, weave in ends.

Edging- (I’ve never written crochet instructions, so be kind).

(Sl, hdc, dc, tr, tr, dc, hdc) for those of you who know what you’re doing. If you’re like me and would not have the foggiest idea what that means, I’ll try to spell it out in the babbling that follows.

The stitch pattern in the hat repeats every 6 stitches. The bottom most knit stitch under the first lifted strands is where we begin with our first crochet stitch. Holding hat upside down (see?) with right side facing, and after securing your yarn, stick your crochet hook in that stitch from front to back.

Work a slip stitch.

In the next knit stitch which is hard to see because it’s semi-hidden behind the strands, work a half double crochet.

In the next knit stitch, work a double crochet.

Now, going between the stitch you just worked and the next knit stitch, which will be the center knit stitch, do a triple crochet. Do it again on the other side of the center knit stitch.

In the next knit stitch, work a double crochet.

In the next knit stitch, which is again semi-hidden under strands, so you have to dig for it, work a half double crochet.

You’re ready to begin again in the stitch directly under the picked up strands with a slip stitch.

Notes- This pattern will probably undergo some updates and changes as more of you knit it and comment, particularly the crochet bit, since I have almost no idea what I’m talking about. I may try to illustrate somewhat for you next week, with up-close pictures and arrows, but ultimately, I suggest having someone show you how to do it.

I’m the blind, leading the blind on this one.

But take my word for it, it’s REALLY not hard.

For a shorter hat, work rounds 1-12, 2 1/2 times before beginning your decreases instead of the full 3 times. It’ll change the specific numbers a bit, but you’re smart. You can figure it out.

On rounds 1&2, and rounds 7&8, when you’re making the strands, don’t pull the yarn tight. You want to leave enough yarn to span the three slipped stitches comfortably.

The knitalong- Nate suggested we do some Synchronized Knitting. This means we’re going to be knitting together. Meaning this knitalong will be short. I’ll announce a start date and duration on Monday, and will post it on this post as well. I’m totally out of time right now. Gotta go.

UPDATE- The knitalong will run from November 21st to December 16th, 2005.



Good luck, have fun!

22 Responses to “Esther Williams Hat pattern – Synchronized Knitting”

  1. Jennifer Says:

    Oooo!! I want one! I’d be up for a short KAL too.

  2. Elizabeth Says:

    Oooh I like this, If some stash yarn i have gets gauge ill definitely join the KAL, just gotta check when i get home (not like i dont have a million projects already lol)

  3. Darra Says:

    Sign me up! :)

  4. Tonia Says:

    Hi Laura,

    I found your blog from a friend of mine’s blog. I love it! You have a beautiful family and congratulatins on the baby to come.

    The hat looks great. I might have to see if I can find some yarn at my LYS and join in. Thanks for the pattern. Now if I could ever figure out how to crochet. :)

  5. Judith Rosa Says:

    Thank you, thank you. I will cast on for this hat in a New York minute.

  6. Judith Rosa Says:

    I was so excited that I did not finish the post before commenting, maybe I will wait for the knitalong. On the other hand, who says I cannot make one hat right now and one later.

  7. Danielle Says:

    Since I am a synchronized swimming coach, I think I might just have to join this knitalong! I have very specific taste in hats, but even if I don’t wear this one, I can donate it to charity :)

  8. Lisa D. Says:

    VERY cute hat!!!

  9. FYRKRKR Says:

    Synchronized Knitting!

    Ha ha! I love it! Good one! Brilliant! Very Clever!

  10. malle Says:

    hey laura!

    sign me up for your knitalong, please….the hat is soooo cute…I want one too!


  11. Scout Says:

    Oh my goodness! It’s fabu!

  12. ann Says:

    another beautiful pattern!

  13. Monica Says:

    the hat is great! That is you I presume? The color looks good on you. I might just make it even though the need in So.Cal is pretty low for wool hats. I’ll check back to see what you’re doing for the knit along. Sounds like fun.


  14. Jenn Says:

    Yay! Thanks so much! You are the best! I wish I could join in the knitalong, but I have so many Christmas gifts that I have to get done! :(

  15. Katie Says:

    Yay! Sounds fun!

  16. Becky Says:


  17. Heather Says:

    I so love the hat! Thank you so much for sharing the pattern with us. I’ll have to make it for the 4 cold winter days we have every year.

  18. Cate Says:

    I would like to join! I didn’t think I would get to it but I finished the hat I was working on for my boyfriend’s grandmother much more quickly than I though. I have one question though. Do you use any particular cast-on that makes it easier to do the crochet edging at the end? I was going to use the regular long-tail cast-on but I wanted to confirm that was right before I started.

  19. Betsy Says:

    I love this hat! I found it while I was googling slip stitches. I’m designing a pair of socks with slip stitches, and I love this effect. I think I’m going to make one in Malabrigo. :)

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  22. vicki parker Says:

    hi i really love your superman blanket and was ondering i have beenlooking everywhere for the pattern,as my best friend is having a baby and the dad is a massive superman fan.many thanks if you can

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