Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Fruju

Friends and fellow podcast fans will know Wendy aka Silly Fru - host of the Sassy Pants Knitter podcast. If you follow Silly Fru you will know that she was recently diagnosed with Hairy Cell Leukemia which she has named "Hairy Ballsack Leukemia"! Happily, that condition is now in remission but to get to that point she spent 8 weeks in hospital. I can't even begin to imagine how hard that was, nor the scale of the medical bills she's facing.

Lots of people have been showing their love and support for Silly Fru in whatever way they can. Heather of Highland Handmades and The Fiberista Files came up with 2 awesome yarn colourways and for each skein sold she donated the bulk of the profits to Fru to help with her expenses.  Both are glorious, but the black and rainbow yarn - named "Fruju" - has really caught the imagination of the knitting world. When I received my skein I just had to cast on right away.  I didn't want this glorious yarn to be hidden on my feet, so I decided to make it into a hat.

SillyFru inspired yarn by Highland Handmades. Photos by Heather Kinne

The pattern I came up with is below. If you do use and enjoy it, I only ask that you consider donating whatever you think it is worth to either Fru's fighting fund at Go Fund Me or any Leukemia or cancer charity of your choice.

View this pattern in pdf format

Disclaimer: I'm not a professional knitwear designer. I'm sure the pattern is flawed in many ways. I will try to help if you get into any difficulties and will publish any corrections here.


Fruju Hat



Fru Ju Hat


Materials - I used:

40g (approximately 170 yds / 156 metres)  of Fruju  (Sugar Maple Sock yarn by Highland Handmades – 75% Superwash wool, 25% Nylon).           
Any Self-striping sock yarn would probably work well, too.

3 mm circular needle (US – try a size 3)

Stitch markers – one distinct one to mark the end of the round and 9 others to mark the end of each  pattern repeat (optional)

Size:
To fit a medium adult head (19” -22”) as a beanie or beret-style hat. 

Finished dimensions when blocked as a beret as shown:
27" / 68 cm at widest point.
18" / 46 cm around ribbed brim
9 " / 23 cm from brim to top of crown

Gauge:
I got 8 stitches and 11 rows to the inch on 3mm needles in the chevron pattern.

Abbreviations:
K
Knit
P
Purl
K2tog
Knit 2 together
st
Stitch
sts
Stitches
ssk
Slip, slip, knit.
Slip the next 2 stitches one at a time, as if to knit, from the left needle to the right. Insert the left needle into the fronts of the 2 slipped stitches and knit them together (1 stitch decreased)
tbl
through back of loops
M1L
Make 1 Left
Make a stitch by lifting the strand of yarn between the last and next stitch inserting your needle from the front, put the loop on your left hand needle and knit into the back of this new stitch (1 stitch increased)
M1R
Make 1 Right
Make a stitch by lifting the strand of yarn between the last and next stitch inserting your needle from the back, put the loop on your left hand needle and knit into the front  of this new stitch (1 stitch increased)
EOR
End of Row
rep
repeat

Cast on
Cast on 140 sts using a stretchy method such as Long-Tail Cast on.  Join to knit in the round.  Place marker to show the beginning of the round.
(You could make yours larger or smaller by adding or subtracting multiples of 14 stitches)

Brim
Ribbing round:
* K1 tbl, P1   Rep from * to end of round

Repeat this round until your work measures 1 inch from cast on edge.

Body
Work the following 2-round pattern for 8 inches for the amount of slouch shown):
Round 1:
* K2, ssk, K2tog, K4, M1R, K2, M1L, K2  rep from * to end of round

Round 2:
K to 1 st before end of round. Slip 1 st to right needle. Remove EOR marker. Move slipped st back to left needle. Replace marker.

Crown Decreases:
You may wish to switch to double-pointed needles when the number of stitches becomes small.
Round 1:
* ssk, ssk, K2tog, K2tog, K2,  M1R, K2, M1L, K2  rep from * to end of round  (120 sts)
Round 2:
K to 1 st before end of round. Slip 1 st to right needle. Remove EOR  marker. Move slipped st back to left needle. Replace marker.
Round 3:
*K1, ssk, K2tog, K3, M1R, K2, M1L, K2  rep from * to end of round
Round 4:
As round 2
Round 5:
As round 3
Round 6:
K to 2 sts before end of round. Slip 2 sts to right needle. Remove EOR marker. Move slipped sts back to left needle. Replace marker.
Round 7:
* ssk, ssk, K2tog, k2tog, K1, M1R, K2, M1L, K1  rep from * to end of round (100 sts)
Round 8:
As round 2
Round 9:
* K1, ssk, K2tog, K2, M1R, K2, M1L, K1  rep from * to end of round
Round 10:
As round 2
Round 11:
* K1, ssk, K2tog, K2, M1R, K2, M1L, K1  rep from * to end of round
Round 12:
As round 6
Round 13:
* ssk, ssk, K2tog, K2tog, M1R, K2, M1L  rep from * to end of round (80 sts)
Round 14:
As round 2
Round 15:
* K1, ssk, K2tog, K1, M1R, K2, M1L  rep from * to end of round
Round 16:
As round 2
Round 17:
* K1, ssk, K2tog, K3 * to end of round (60 sts)
Round 18:
As round 2
Round 19:
*ssk, K2tog, M1R, K2, M1L    rep from * to last 5 sts.  ssk, k2tog M1R, K1 (59 sts)
Round 20:
K1, M1L.  K to 1 st before end of round. Sl1 st to right needle. Remove marker. Move slipped st back to left needle. Replace marker (60 sts)
Round 21:
K1 *ssk, K2tog, K2    rep from *to end of round (40 sts)
Rounds 22, 23, 24:
K all sts
Round 25:
* K2tog, ssk,  rep from * to end of round (20 sts)
Round 26:
K all sts
Round 27:
* K1, K2 tog   rep from * to last 2 sts, K2 tog (13 sts)
Round 28:
* K2tog   rep from * to last st. K1  (7 sts)

Cut yarn and draw through all remaining stitches.  Darn in the ends. Block and enjoy!


Crown shot
You can see all sorts of SillyFru goodies on Instagram and Twitter - search for the hashtags #fightwithfru and #crushthesack

3 comments:

  1. I don't have paypal, so could I send you a cheque, to be passed on to Fru?
    this pattern is gorgeous

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    1. Hi Enid,

      I am so glad you like the pattern. Thanks so much for letting me know.

      Fru's GoFundMe page can be filled out with any bank card, from what I have seen. It would be best if you can send her money direct. I am in the UK so unless you are too, I wouldn't be able to process your cheque anyway.

      Thanks again for your kindness to Fru

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  2. sorry for delay, I AM in the UK, Manchester in fact. we are both on plurk, so you could PM me there

    (knitcroc)

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