Rib Eye

A slough hat (fit for vegetarians too)

by Thelma Egberts  

Don’t worry if you are a vegetarian. You too can wear this hat. The name Rib Eye has nothing to do with that big lump of meat carnivores like to put on their plates. It just points at the used stitch pattern. It combines ribbing with a sort of eyelets.

Having that out of the way let me tell you about the hat shape. It’s a slouch hat that stays well on your head, thanks to the long ribbed brim. For an even better fit, in the first 5 rounds all knit stitches are knit through the back loop. If you still worry to lose this hat, you might even go down a needle size for these rounds. 

And did I already mention this hat looks harder than it is? Well, now I did.

Ladies size M

For larger or smaller size, cast on amounts of 4 sts more or less. Knit amounts of 6 rounds in pattern sts more or less.

Ribbed brim: 8,5 cm high

Body of hat: 13 cm high / 44 cm wide
Ribbed top and crown: 7 cm

Phildar Pegase+ [70% acrylic, 30% wool, 98 yd/90 m per 50g skein]; color: Ecru; 1,25 skein

1 set US #6/4 mm double-point needles
(1 set #4/3,5 mm double-point needles for extra tight brim)
1 marker

32 sts/30 rows = 10 cm/4" in pattern stitch unstretched 

CO: cast on

BO: bind off
K: knit
P: purl
Tbl: through back loop
K2tog: knit 2 stitches together
S1: slip 1 stitch
Psso: pass slipped stitch(es) over
P2sso: pass 2 slipped stitches over
P2tog: purl 2 sts together
Dec: decrease
Inc: increase

1 x 1 rib: k1, p1 (repeat till end)

Inc5: Knit 5 sts out of 1 like this: knit stitch, leave it on needle. Make a yarn over.  Repeat st and yo once. Make a final st and slip loop off.

Rib Eye stitch pattern over 4 sts, 6 rounds (or 12 rounds)
Round 1: *k1, p1, INC5, p1 (repeat till end)

Round 2 and all even rounds: work as sts show, knit yo’s and decs.
Round 3:  *k1, p1, (s1k1psso, k1, k2tog), p1 (repeat till end)
Round 5: *k1, p1, s2k1p2sso, p1 (repeat till end)
Round 7: *INC5, p1, k1, p1 (repeat till end)
Round 9: *(s1k1psso, k1, k2tog), p1 k1, p1, (repeat till end)
Round 11: * s2k1p2sso, p1, k1, p1, (repeat till end)


CO 76 stitches. Divide evenly over 3 needles and connect in the round. Use 4 mm/US6 needles for normal brim, or 3,5 mm/US4 for tighter brim) Place marker if you please. (For larger/smaller size cast on amounts of 4 sts more or less)

Round 1 – 5: k1 tbl, p1

Round 6 – 20: k1, p1 

Body of hat:
Work 36 rounds Rib Eye pattern stitch

(For shorter, longer hat work 6 rounds of pattern sts more or less)
Work 10 rounds 1 x 1 rib

Rnd 1: k2tog, p2tog (repeat till marker) (38 sts left)

Rnd 2: k1, p1 (repeat till marker)
Rnd 3: k2tog, p2 tog (repeat till marker)  (19 sts left)
Rnd 4: k2tog, p2tog (repeat till marker) (8 sts left)
Rnd 5: k all, cut yarn, thread yarn end through sts, pull tight and secure.
Weave in yarn ends.

You can also wear the hat with folded brim: