I’ve received a few messages through Ravelry from knitters who have been attempting to knit “Rolling Hills”, a hat I designed for the Schachenmayr website as a free pattern download.

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Although it is a very easy hat to knit (seriously, you could knit this in about a day if so inclined), I understand that the technique used may require some extra clarification, which is why I’ve decided to make a photo tutorial to really break it down for everyone who wants to knit it.

The technique in question? When you get to Round 5, you will come across these instructions:
“insert right needle into next stitch 4 rounds below (in round 1), pull up a loop and place it on left needle, slip, slip, knit loop together with next stitch…..”
(I will be referring to this technique from now on as the “Slip, Slip, Knit Loop” technique).

I feel that it’s one of those techniques that can be really hard to explain in words. The way it’s written in the pattern is the best way the editors and myself could come up with to explain this technique without being overly long and wordy.

I also should point out that some errata was made. The PDF has not been updated, so please, please take note of the  changes below (they are posted to the Ravelry pattern page as well).

ERRATA:
Round 9: With charcoal heather, knit 1, * insert right needle into next stitch 4 rounds below (in round 5), pull up a loop and place it on left needle, slip, slip, knit loop together with next stitch, knit 3; rep from * around, ending with a knit 2.
Work Rounds 17 and 25 the same as Round 9, with specified color.

Round 29: With neon pink,, * knit 2, insert right needle into next stitch 4 rounds below (in round 25), pull up a loop and place it on left needle, slip, slip, knit loop together with next stitch; rep from * around.


Rolling Hills Hat “Slip, Slip, Knit Loop” Technique Tutorial

As a disclaimer, please be advised that the pictures in this tutorial do not exactly represent the hat shown in the pattern picture, nor do they represent exactly how your hat should look while knitting it. They are purely to be used to demonstrate the”Slip, Slip, Knit Loop” technique that is used in the pattern. The demonstration swatch I have made for this tutorial is knit flat (not joined in the round) for the sake of brevity, and I’ve used different colours and different needle size.
Ok, here goes!
This tutorial begins at Round 5. Work the pattern as written up until this point.
 Round 5: With neon pink (in this case neon yellow), *knit 3,
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…insert right needle into next stitch 4 rounds below (in Round 1),
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…pull up a loop…
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…and place it on left needle,
(Take a look at which way your stitches are facing. The right “leg” of your loop should be on the front side of the needle, with the left “leg” at the back,  just like a regular knit stitch. This is important in order to avoid twisting your stitches).
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slip, slip…
(Just like in a SSK decrease, slip those stitches over to your right hand needle)
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(Essentially, you are making a decrease here. The loop that you pulled up needs to be knit together with the stitch that it lays in front of in order to keep the stitch count constant)
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… Repeat from * around.
(I began the repeat, knitting the next 3 stitches…etc)
See that elongated stitch? It should lay flat in front of the column of stitches that follow the lower stitch it was pulled up from in Round 1.
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That’s how it’s done! You’ll be doing the same thing in Rounds 9, 13, 17, 21 and so on.
Once again, another reminder to pay attention to the errata for this pattern, posted above, and on the Ravelry pattern page.
Thank you everyone who took the time to offer me feedback on this pattern! Please post finished hat pictures to Ravelry and let me know how yours goes! ~ Sachiko
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