Lord of the Hats: Spring-Flinger Clover


Hat with Clover

So it’s actually been done for a while now, and I apologize for the silence of the blog in that time. I’ve been away on adventures (translation: We went to visit my grandma for the 4th of July and after that I’ve been here and there getting ready for taking my students to our summer convention) and the knitting (and photo-uploading) have been on hold. I have been working on typing up the Spring-Flinger pattern though, and hope to have that ready to post soon (like, before the summer convention steals me away from the Internet again)!

As for the clover, I made it detachable. The whole thing is a patch with four pins on the back so you can attach it or remove it. Because while leaving the clover off altogether would be just as dreadful a breach of the hat’s accuracy as leaving the horns off, I presume :-) , if I actually wore this hat I’d probably leave the clover off most of the time. Also, that makes the clover attachable to other fine garments! Imagine the possibilities!

Here’s a preview of the hat pattern – how to knit your own clover patch! I used Knit Picks’ Wool of the Andes in Fern on size 5 needles. It’s a pretty big clover. You could use smaller needles & sock yarn or laceweight yarn to make a smaller clover.

CO 3.

  1. P1 K1 P1
  2. K1fb P1fb K1
  3. P1 K3 P1
  4. K1 MR P1 K1 P1 ML K1
  5. P2 K1 P1 K1 P2
  6. K2 MR P1 K1 P1 ML K2
  7. P3 K1 P1 K1 P3
  8. K2tog K1 MR P1 K1 P1 ML K1 SSK
  9. P3 K1 P1 K1 P3
  10. K3 MR P1 K1 P1 ML K3
  11. P4 K1 P1 K1 P4
  12. K2tog K2 MR P1 K1 P1 ML K2 SSK
  13. P4 K1 P1 K1 P4
  14. K4 MR P1 K1 P1 ML K4
  15. P5 K1 P1 K1 P5
  16. K2tog K3 MR P1 K1 P1 ML K3 K2tog
  17. P5 K1 P1 K1 P5
  18. K5 MR P1 K1 P1 ML K5
  19. P6 K1 P1 K1 P6
  20. K2tog K4 MR P1 K1 P1 ML K4 K2tog
  21. P6 K1 P1 K1 P6
  22. K6 MR P1 K1 P1 ML K6
  23. P7 K1 P1 K1 P7

Short Rows:

  1. K7. Turn.
  2. Sl1. P5. Turn.
  3. Sl1. K4. Turn.
  4. Sl1. P3. Turn.
  5. Sl1. K2. Turn.
  6. Sl1. P1. Turn.
  7. Sl1. K3. Slip 2, K1, PSSO. K7. Turn.
  8. Repeat rows 2-6.
  9. Sl1. K3.
  10. Sl1. P across, binding off loosely.

Make 4 petals following this pattern. Block them so that, with their cast on edges meeting in the center of the clover shape, each petal’s edge touches the petal next to it for about 1/2 of the length of the petal. After blocking, seam the petals together along those contiguous edges. Then, using 2 DPNs the same size as used to knit the petals, pick up three stitches on the back of the clover at the center where the four petals meet. From those three stitches, knit an i-cord to the length desired for the clover stem. BO and weave in all ends. Stitch the clover stem down to the back of the clover petals. Attach flat-backed pins (look for them with jewelry findings at the craft store) to the back of the clover, or sew it onto the hat (or other garment) as a patch.

I’m also pondering what to do with the finished hat. People seem to wish to acquire it, hehe, so I might offer it up on Etsy or Ebay. There were comments earlier suggesting custom knit hats in other colorways, and I’m open to that although it would be a slow process amidst all this traveling at the end of the summer. And who knows how much knitting I’ll get done in a few weeks when school resumes and I have lessons to plan.

Dunland Shieldman

I continue to swatch for the Dunland Shieldman hat. It is an excruciating search, for the perfect stitch pattern for that cowl/hood. In the graphics it looks like a sort of zig zag stitch. I tried zig zag patterns in twisted stitches as well as lace and I’m not really convinced by any of them yet. I’m pondering whether knitting a 1×1 rib or brioche stitch or something on larger needles would work. More experimentation will ensue. And then there’s the question of the cables to create the corona on this hat: I have checked out every stitch dictionary and cable knitting book I could find at the library in search of cable charts I could incorporate into it. The side parts are easy – a horseshoe cable, nice and regular – but the emblem on the front will take some from-scratch cable charting, I think. And I’ve never charted cables from scratch before, so I guess I will learn to!

5 Responses to Lord of the Hats: Spring-Flinger Clover

  1. It’s probably going to be pretty difficult to match knitting to something that’s supposed to be chainmail, but after seeing the spring flinger hat, if anyone can do it, it’s you. Good luck!

  2. May I suggest a heavy reverse stockinette for the chainmail?

  3. Fantastic! I like the hat without the clover, hides too much other hard work. Trying to crochet it myself, the colorwork will be a challenge, but not impossible since I know how to mosaic crochet, I just need to swatch and find the right size hook.

  4. Amazing! Making the clover detachable was smart- wearing this hat in public could be interesting!

  5. Oh my! I know I’m late to the party but I just had to say how amazing this hat is!
    Good luck with the shieldman’s hat/pattern. I know nothing of crocheting but if this hat is any indication, the shieldman’s will turn out fantastic.

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