Here are two easy and quick knits, perfect for last minute Christmas gifts. The design is unisex and reversible. Based on the Pythagorean pattern from BW2 pg 15, I find that this design plays on the eyes. Yes, I see triangles. But not only triangles. I also see triangles within triangles, squares, and diamonds (& parallelograms). And I even see windmills when I "block out" 4 out of 8 triangles within a large square.
Although this pattern shares similarities in construction with the Asherton Reversible Scarf (and Asherton Hat), this is definitely a quicker knit due to not having the seed stitch patterning. I love seed stitch, however it can be a little tedious when you are doing a lot of it.
Stitches used in this hat & scarf include:
Garter Stitch, BW1 pg 10
Knit-Two Purl-Two Ribbing, BW1 pg 39
Pythagorean Pattern, BW2 pg 15
Reverse Stockinette Stitch, MT pg 4
Stockinette Stitch, BW1, pg 10
Pythagorean Hat & Scarf Pattern (same file from both links below):
Pythagorean Hat & Scarf Pattern from box.net (hat folder) (no registration required, just click on link & save file)
Pythagorean Hat & Scarf Pattern from box.net (scarf folder) (no registration required, just click on link & save file)
11/25/07 Note: Typo corrected on Rows 25 & 26. Thanks Sarah B for pointing this out.
The top of the hat features tapering triangles. This hat is a ladies small size (it fits my head). You can change the size of your hat by casting on more or less stitches in multiples of 12. I made my hat on the short side with 1" ribbing (5 rounds for me). You can make yours a little longer by making the ribbing section longer, up to ~3" if you want it to be a fold-up brim.
I chose not to knit a garter stitch border at the ends, I thought it looked much better when you jumped right into the pattern. The scarf is about 9 inches wide and 5.5 ft long.
This scarf can be knit in almost any type of yarn, and gauge is not crucial. Adjust width of scarf by casting on more or less stitches in multiples of 12. Make sure to use a needle size appropriate for the type of yarn you use.