The Slouches Collection uses finer weight Shibui Knits yarns in combination and solo for hats and cowls that are a pleasure to make and to wear. Short rows subtly enhance the slouch of the hats and shape the folds of Slouch Cowl. Slouches 1 to 3 include hand drawn, illustrated tutorials for German Short Rows and a tubular cast on. Slouch Cowl includes the German Short Row tutorial. Click on the design name links for more information and to buy the patterns.
Slouch 1 starts with Pebble held double, then Pebble + Silk Cloud, with purl ridges in Silk Cloud solo. Rapid crown decreases create concentric circles converging on a single point. You will need one skein each of Shibui Knits Pebble and Silk Cloud. Shown in Fog.
Slouch 2 starts with Pebble held double, then Pebble + Cima, moving to alternating stripes of Pebble + Cima and Cima solo. The crown is shaped with side decreases, then formed into two tucks and finished with a 3 needle bind off. You will need one skein each of Shibui Knits Pebble and Cima. Shown in Tar.
Slouch 3 uses alternating stripes of Pebble and Birch, ending with three lines of double decreases for a flat, triangular crown. You will need one skein each of Shibui Knits Pebble and Birch; with two skeins of each yarn you can make both Slouch 3 and Slouch Cowl. Shown in Abyss.
Slouch Cowl uses alternating stripes of Pebble and Birch, with short row wedges to shape the cowl’s folds and garter stitch stripes at the top and bottom. You will need two skeins each of Shibui Knits Pebble and Birch; this will give you enough yarn to make Slouch 3 as well. Shown in Field.
Stone Fences uses Cima, Silk Cloud, and Reed in similar colourways to create five textures in interlocking stripes, reminiscent of a dry stone wall. Subtle decreases bring the cowl in towards the top for a nice fit. You will need one skein each of Shibui Knits Cima (shown in Tar), Silk Cloud (shown in Graphite), and Reed (shown in Fog), or choose your own light fingering to laceweight yarns from their range for a different play of textures.
All photos © Gale Zucker 2017.