On the Road Again Hat

The On the Road Again Hat is a quick and simple knit using DK weight yarn. It highlights a stranded colorwork motif that is designed to resemble and endless road wrapping the circumference of the hat. The pattern includes child, teen, and three adult sizes, plus instructions for creating a slouchy version.
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The techniques used within the On the Road Again Hat pattern are adventurous beginner friendly. The hat uses knits, purls, and decreases in the round, plus a few rounds of 2-stranded colorwork. Read more about the knitting techniques here.
As designed, the hat uses 2 (100-gram) skeins of DK weight (one for the main color and one for the contrasting color), and you can also knit an On the Road Again Cowl using your leftover yarn. Learn more about the yarn requirements here.
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The initial design concept came to mind just a couple of months after I released my first pattern design. We were driving over 24 hours across the country to move to North Carolina, and I thought the design of the road would make for a fun knitting pattern. It sounds a little silly now, but I actually really love it!
However, that's not the full story behind the On the Road Again patterns. This move to a new state where we didn't know anyone became pivotal for me. I'd been struggling for years with feeling like I didn't belong anywhere. Long story short, I finally felt like I belonged somewhere after our big move.
 
The Home Series of knitting patterns was created out of gratitude for my new home, a place where I felt like I belonged. But, the Home Series didn't tell the whole story. It didn't mention the phase of like where I didn't feel like I belonged. So that's the story On the Road Again tells: the story of those who don't feel settled and as if they have a place to belong. Those who don't feel as if they have a home. And those that spend a lot of time "on the road" so they aren't home as often as they'd like. 
The On the Road Again Hat will be your new favorite go-to cozy hat for every occasion: going on a run on a chilly morning, heading out for to pick up the kids from school (ain't nobody got time to fix the hair for school pick-up!), or just wearing around the house because you're cold.
Pick your two favorite contrasting colors, and you won't ever want to take it off!
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You're drained. Work, kids, life. It's all been a bit exhausting lately. You've been overwhelmed with all of the "have to" and "need to" and "supposed to's" of life, and it's a bit too much, to be honest.
You need a break. Some time for you. Time to relax.
The On the Road Again Hat lets you do just that: settle down and relax. But it's got just enough going on to keep your mind from wandering to all of that stress again. 'Cause we both know you don't need that right now. So sit back and enjoy this fun, easy-to-memorize, and addicting knit.
 
The On the Road Again Cowl includes just a few simple techniques, making it a perfect knit for an adventurous knitter interested in learning how to knit a hat in the round with colorwork. Never done any of those before? Don't worry. You'll get in a bit of practice working in the round before you need to change colors. For most of the knit, you'll work in one color. The pattern includes linked video tutorials for all of the stitches used in the pattern plus any potentially new-to-you techniques (such as working with two colors. 
 
All of my patterns come with clear, step-by-step (written and charted) instructions that walk you through the pattern with confidence. I am also available for pattern support if you have questions.
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Sizing

(Child, Teen) (Small Adult, Medium               Adult, Large Adult)

Fits Head Circumference: (20, 21) (22, 23,         24) in / (51, 53.5) (56, 58.5, 61) cm

Hat Circumference: (18.75, 19.5) (21, 21.75,         22.75) in / (46.5, 49) (52, 54.5, 56.5) cm

Hat Height**: (8, 8.5) (9, 9.5, 10) in / (20.5,       21.5) (23, 24, 25.5) cm

**Slouchy style is 1.75 in / 4.5 cm taller. This will use an additional (21, 23) (24, 25, 26) yds / (20, 20) (22, 23, 24) m of yarn.

Yarn

(78, 88) (100, 115, 124) yds / (72, 80) (92,         105, 114) m; (36, 40) (46, 53, 57) grams         DK weight yarn for MC

(12, 14) (18, 22, 26) yds / (10, 13) (16, 20, 24)     m; (6, 7) (8, 10, 12) grams DK weight           yarn for CC

Designed using Birch Hollow Fibers Phillis DK in Baby Ann and Sword Steel. Get color & yarn recommendations here.
Gauge
   18 stitches, 24 rounds = 4” / 10 cm in         stockinette stitch
Construction
   Bottom up, in the round
Tools

4.0 mm (US size 6), or size needed to obtain       gauge, circular needles, minimum 16 in /       40 cm long; double pointed needles               optional for decreases

3.75 mm (US size 5), or one size smaller             than size needed to obtain gauge,                 circular needles, minimum 16 in / 40 cm       long

Darning needle

6 Stitch markers

 
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What Knitters Are Saying...

"A nice fun and easy knit! I love the visual of the roadway and the simple colorwork" - test knitter
"This was a quick knit to make with well written instructions both charted and written. A easy colour work pattern for beginners and great for using up leftover DK weight yarn for the contrast colour." - Madeleine, @mad.about.ewe
"This was a fun, relatively easy knit." - test knitter
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