Freja hat by Kristin Drysdale

Freja hat

Knitting
January 2022
Sport (12 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 31 rows = 4 inches
in colorwork
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
135 - 142 yards (123 - 130 m)
One size fits average head
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My Freja hat is the last project in Chapter 2 of The Nordic Knitting Primer. I placed it there on purpose. Because the yarn is a little smaller, and the decreases happen while working colorwork, this is the perfect bridge to more complicated knitting. Hats make excellent colorwork projects because they are small. You can practice a lot of colorwork in this hat, and it will knit up relatively quickly. If you are new to knitting and new to colorwork, I would you suggest you knit one of the other projects in Chapter 2 first , and then knit this hat as a bridge to Chapter 3 and more complicated colorwork. As with all of the other projects in Chapter 2 of the Nordic Knitting Primer, all you have to do is knit what you see on the chart. It’s still a straight forward simple knit. Just take the chart a row at a time.

Named after the Norse goddess of love, Freja’s crown has five stars that form a snowflake.The brim is circled with hearts that represent love and courage. I would love to knit this hat in pink and red for Valentines, but for the rest of the year, I love gold and white for the rest of the year.

To learn more about the Nordic Knitting Primer and my work, my knitting philosophy and knitting tutorials, please visit scandiwork.com.

SIZE
One size only. Fits average-sized head 22–24 inches
(56–61 cm)
. You may alter needle size to make a
slightly larger or smaller hat.
MATERIALS
YARN: Sport | Rauma Tumi | 50% Alpaca 50%
Norwegian Wool | 142 yards (130 m) per 1.75-ounce
(50-g) skein
MAIN COLOR (MC): SFN10 (White) | 1 skein 71 yards
(65 m)

CONTRASTING COLOR (CC): 7255 (Mustard) | 1 skein
71 yards (65 m)
NEEDLES: One 16-inch (40-cm) circular needle
and one set of DPNs or FlexiFlips in size needed to
obtain gauge
SUGGESTED NEEDLE SIZE: US 3 (3.25 mm)
One 16-inch (40-cm) circular needle one size smaller
than gauge-size needle
SUGGESTED NEEDLE SIZE: US 2 (2.75 mm)
SKILLS YOU’LL PRACTICE
Long-tail cast on (page 184). Joining in the round
seamlessly (page 37). Working 1x1 colorwork ribbing
(k1, p1). Weaving a new yarn color in (and out)
(pages 38–39 and 44–45). Knitting with two colors
in the round, left and right together (pages 41–42).
Reading a chart (page 9). Sl1-k2tog-psso decrease
(page 186).
SIZE
One size only. Fits average-sized head 22–24 inches
(56–61 cm)
. You may alter needle size to make a
slightly larger or smaller hat.

SKILLS YOU’LL PRACTICE
Long-tail cast on
Joining in the round seamlessly (page 37)
Working 1x1 colorwork ribbing (k1, p1)
Weaving a new yarn color in (and out)
Knitting with two colorsin the round, left and right together
Reading a chart
Sl1-k2tog-psso decrease