Rainbow Trout hat pattern
The Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) is a species of freshwater fish, introduced to New Zealand waterways in the 1800’s. In modern times we find Rainbow Trout in our Central North Island, and also following the length of the Southern Alps mountain range in the South Island, where it is caught by recreational fishers.
Rainbow Trout is a seamless pattern that comes in 8 sizes (from newborn to adult), 2 hat lengths (beanie or slouch), and in 3 yarn weights (4ply/fingering, 8ply/dk, and 10ply/worsted).
Rainbow Trout is a slouchy beanie knit in the round.
The pattern has you casting on and working a ribbed brim. Once the brim is complete the body of the hat is worked in a simple slip stitch pattern, reminiscent of fish scales. The crown decreases are made without incorporating the body stitch pattern to make it an easy and pleasurable knit.
Knitting small circumferences in the round
Want a copy of Rainbow Trout?
You can buy it at Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rainbow-trout-2
Rainbow Trout is a fun pattern which looks way more complicated than it really is!
It is an awesome pattern for use with variegated skeins of yarn (but equally as attractive in a solid colour, semisolid, or gradient style/self striping yarn).
The pattern features a wee instruction where you "catch" the float/strand of yarn, and it can be quite hard to visualise this...however once you have done it once, is very very easy.
In order to help pattern users, I have created 2 little video tutorials - I hope you find them useful!