Ministik 2 is inspired by a bird sanctuary near my aunt and uncle’s home in Alberta, Canada; the sanctuary’s name, ‘Ministik’, comes from the Cree word for island. The twisted stitch pattern mimics the wavelets on the water in summer and on the snow during their extraordinarily cold winters. This hat is worked in the round from brim to crown, using knit, purl, k2tog, ssk, m1, and 2-stitch cables. Pattern instructions are both charted and written, and include instructions for working the cables without a cable needle. Ministik 2 is based on my design for Knit Now, Issue 55; this version is worked at a different gauge and with different crown shaping.
Finished size: 17.75 (20, 22.5) in/45 (51, 57) cm circumference; 8.75 (9.5, 10.25) in/22 (24, 26) cm depth (depth adjustable)
Yarn: Jill Draper Makes Stuff Mini Empire (100% Rambouillet wool; 213 yds/195m per 4 oz/113g); Mogul Emerald: 1 skein OR 213 yds/195m Aran weight yarn.
Needles: US9/5.5mm 16 in/60cm circular needle or size needed for correct gauge; US9/5.5mm double pointed needles; US8/5mm 16 in/60cm circular needle or one size smaller than gauge needle
Gauge: 16.5 sts & 24 rows = 4 in/10cm in stockinette stitch in the round, blocked.
Photos © Gale Zucker 2016