Writers get inspiration from everywhere don’t they?

Writers get inspiration from everywhere don’t they?

Overheard on the train “So are things any better with Jack, or still the same?” “Still the same. I’ve tried my hardest to find out what’s wrong, tried everything, but to be honest I’ve just given up.” There was a resigned sigh and then silence. Many authors have said in interviews that they get lots of inspiration from real life; listening to conversations on buses, trains and planes. Here was a good opportunity for me to do the same, to decide what was wrong ...

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Jenn - Ludicraft
August 22, 2012, 7:24 pm

Snow Shoe Hat: Free Knitting Pattern

As promised, here is a free knitting pattern for based on the little hat I knit while up in Snow Shoe, PA over this past weekend.

One little piece of trivia: This is Ludicraft’s first birthday!  And I think there is no better way of thanking my readers than to share a new pattern with you.  Let’s get rolling.


Snow Shoe is a small town in North/Central Pennsylvania. I go there with my family to relax, unwind, and unplug. I finished this hat pattern while spending a weekend up in Snow Shoe, and I want to share it with you. I love this hat. It kept the sun off my head and my hair out of my face all weekend during hikes and excursion. The yarnovers provide a little ventilation and coolness. I want to share this pattern with you. Please enjoy!


Size: S/M, for women
Needle: US 7
Yarn: Worsted Weight
Gauge: 5-5 ½ stitches to the inch. 20 stitches x 24 rows=4 inches
Finished Dimensions: Height: roughly 7 inches Circumference: 20 inches
Hat is worked flat.

Cast on 84 stitches.


Work in K1, P1 ribbing for about 1 ½ inches.


Switch to main pattern as follows:

Row 1: *Sl 1 purlwise, k2, psso, k3* rep to end of row
Row 2: *P4, yo, p1* rep to end of row
Row 3: *K3, sl 1 purlwise, k2, psso* rep to end of row
Row 4: *P1, yo, p4* rep to end of row

TIPS: To make sure you are on track, here are a few tricks that I found helped me out with this part:

  • The second stitch of the k3 in Rows 1 and 3 is always a yarnover from the previous purl row.
  • The yo increase on the purl rows always occurs between the two stitches you passed the slipped stitch over.
  • In Row 1, hold the yarn in front of your work while you slip the stitch. The rest of the time, hold your yarn to the back of your work as you slip the stitch purlwise.
  • The psso is for BOTH of the k2 stitches.

Repeat these four rows until body measures about 3 ½ inches. End by knitting a WS row (either a Row 2 or Row 4).

Decreases for Crown

Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl

Repeat these two row once more.

15 rows for decrease.

On all even rows: Purl

1. *K7, k2tog* to last two stitches, k2
2. Purl
3. *K6, k2tog* to last two stitches, k2
5. *K5, k2tog* to last two stitches, k2
7. *K4, k2tog* to last two stitches, k2
9. *K3, k2tog* to last two stitches, k2
11. *K2, k2tog* to last two stitches, k2
13. *K1, k2tog* to last two stitches, k2
15. *k2tog* all stitches.

You should still have a few live stitches on your needle. Cut a long tail and weave yarn through remaining stitches and pull to tighten.

Use mattress stitch to seam both sides together. Weave in ends, though this might be easier to do before you seam.

Check it out on Ravelry! 
Get it as a PDF. 

Now, go out into the woods and have some fun!

Jenn - Ludicraft

Jenn - Ludicraft

Photographer. Knitter. Hockey Fan. Nerd. And, of course, blogger.

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