Friday 23 February 2024

Landfall Watch Cap

I just finished knitting a Landfall Watch Cap. I found the pattern in the Saltwater Classics - Caps, Vamps and Mittens from the Island of Newfoundland book. It’s the first time I made it and it was fun and easy. The colours were raspberry and leaf green. 

One 4mm circular needle and 1 set of 4mm double pointed needles. Ring markers. 


Circumference: Small. 119 inches (48 cm). Medium. 21 inches (53 cm). Large. 22.5 inches (57 cm). For custom sizes, add or subtract stitches in groups of 8 and adjust yarn quantities accordingly. 

Instructions are for a two-colour hat, with size S given first. M and L follow. Work ribbed stripe colours as desired. 


With main colour cast on 88 (96, 104) stitches on a 4mm circular needle or a set of 4mm double pointed needles. Join in a circle, being careful not to twist. Place marker. Work 20 rounds (K2, P2) ribbing, or desired length. Turning Ridge. Round 1. Knit. Round 2. Purl. Round 3. Remove marker. With yarn in back, slip 1 stitch purlwise. Replace marker. Knit to end of round. Round 4. Purl. Do not break main colour. Carry it loosely up the inside of the work. 


Round 1. Join contrasting colour and knit to end of round. Round 2. Remove marker. Slip 1 stitch purlwise. Replace marker. Work (K2, P2) rib to end. Rounds 3-4. Work (K2, P2) rib to end. Break contrast colour if desired. Round 5. Ridge. With main colour, knit. Round 6. Ridge. Remove marker. Slip 1 stitch purlwise. Replace marker. Move yarn to front and purl to end of round. 

Repeat these 6 rounds 5 times more, changing the contrast colour for each ridge and/or ribbed stripe if desired. 

Shape Crown

Change to double pointed needles when work becomes tight. Divide the hat into 8 segments as follows. Next Round. K 11 (12, 13), place marker. Repeat to end of round. Decrease Round 1. Purl. Decrease Round 2. Knit until 2 stitches remain before marker, K2tog. Repeat to end of round (8 stitches decreased). Repeat these two rounds until 1 stitch remains in each segment (8 stitches). Purl 1 round. Break yarn, thread through remaining loops, pull tight, and secure ends. 


Press lightly on wrong side, omitting ribbing.

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