Sikkim is named for the Noble or Sikkim Rhubarb of the Himalaya Mountains*. Its patterning and color are reminiscent of the growth pattern of this bold plant. Although this hat is more appropriate for strolling down urban streets than hiking in the Himalayas, it will dress your head in style.
There is no time to get bored while knitting the vibrant Sikkim. The colors and the patterns change so frequently that even at a gauge of 7 stitches to the inch, this hat seems to fly off the needles.
Sikkim is worked from the bottom up, using two circular needles. For a clear description of knitting on two circular needles, I refer you to Cat Bordhi’s groundbreaking book, “Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles” (2001 Passing Paws Press). The techniques in this book, although described for knitting socks, may be applied to hats, sleeves or any other narrow tube where double pointed needles might be used.
Finished Size: 19” circumference at ribbing, relaxed
Gauge: 28 stitches = 4” (10cm) in stockinette stitch on larger needles.
Knit Picks Essential Kettle Dyed Sock Yarn; 75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon; 231 yards/50 g. ball; 1 ball each color or Grasshopper, Timber & Bordeaux.
Two pairs US size 3 (2.25mm) circulars 24” or size to obtain gauge.
Two pairs US size 1 (3.25mm) circulars 24” or needles two US sizes or 1mm smaller than needles used for gauge.
Price $6.00 US
* Thanks to Ashley for the name!