Argyle Birds Hat

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Little birds slip right into a classic argyle, adding some fun and playfulness to this stranded hat. With only a couple of places where the floats are longer than five stitches, this hat is great for beginning stranded knitters that want to move beyond simple geometric patterns and into more pictorial elements. Pick two solid or tonal colorways for a more classic argyle look, or make the birds pop by knitting them in a different color of fingering-weight yarn.

The colorwork in this pattern is charted only.

Adult Medium (Large) to fit 20–22” (23–24”) {51–55 (58–61) cm}.
Hat final dimensions: 19.2” (22.4”) {48.8 (56.9) cm} in circumference and 7.75” (8”) {19.6 (20.3) cm} tall. Hat is designed to fit with 1–2” {2.5–5 cm} of negative ease.

Approximately 120 (140) yds 110 (128 m) main color (MC) and 90 (110) yds 82 (100 m) contrasting color (CC) of appropriate fingering-weight yarn
(Sample shown using 1 skein each of Malabrigo Finito, colorways Natural MC and Candombe CC)

US 2/2.75 mm 16 inch (40 cm) circular needle
US 3/3.25 mm 16 inch (40 cm) circular needle (or size needed to obtain gauge)
US 3/3.25 mm double pointed needles
Stitch marker
Yarn needle

30 sts x 34 rows in 4” (10 cm) in stranded knitting