So I wanted something more than just plain ol hats to list on the store. I like the tiny mock cable pattern of Sugar on Snow, only problem was I needed to figure out decreases for a hat with knit 2 purl 2 ribbing. Which I found a couple of different ways to do that, but I liked this one best.
Here are the first two hats combining those patterns. I did 68 stitches for the red one, and 72 stitches for the grey one. K1p1 for ten rows, then knit a row, then start the Sugar on Snow pattern repeat for the body of the hat. 7 or 8 pattern repeats depending on how big/tall you like your hat. 7 repeats is beanie like and 8 to 10 repeats you’d have to fold up your brim.
So part way through the grey hat I knew I was possibly going to screw up the row counting on the four row repeats (three rows of k2 p2 and then the special row that make it look like a twist). So as I was sitting thinking of ways to make little hashes somewhere so I wouldn’t forget what row I was on. someone on a video I was watching said “red, white, and blue” and it hit me… that’s the count to three I need. So I went into my scraps jar on my desk and got out little scraps of red. white. and blue yarn. and made little stitch markers. Now I can put the hat down at any point of the day and not have to finish a row. or worry about which hash mark I was on. Row 1 = red marker, row 2 = white marker, row 3 = blue marker, then I just knit the special row with the blue marker on, because I can tell the difference between that row and the k2 p2 rows, and then it’s back to the red marker again! Yaaayy! So, I’m on a third hat in the color Carrot, and another hat on another set of needles in Royal Blue! So far so good, no mistakes!!!