I’m dubbing it my Karnasta hat because it uses most of the Karn pattern and part of the Asta pattern. As it was, I still had to frog back the last few rows of decreases because Asta was getting too pointy too! I swear, I would think heads are easier to fit than feet, but I still haven’t mastered hat sizing.



I am happy with it now! Round top, light and fluffy stitch pattern, seems stretchy enough that it will stay on and yet loose enough that it’s not going to try ride up on my head. While I did prefer the non-spiraling decreases that Karn had, I was impatient to finish this and took the easy way out of spiraling decreases.

Pattern: Combination of Karn and Asta from Norah Gaughan Volume 1
Yarn: Knitpicks Swish in Coast Grey, 2 skeins
Needle: US 9
Notes: The row gauge as stated in the booklet for Karn must be wrong and I had to modify the decreases to get a non-pointy hat. To get my round topped hat, I added 4 additional even rows and then I followed the decreases for Asta. To get the correct multiple of stitches, my first decrease row only decreased 4 stitches rather than 6. Then once I got to the 3rd to last decrease row I began knitting in the round and I left out the even row between decreases.

2 Responses to “Karnasta”

  1. Anne Says:

    Yup- I like that top much better. Round is better.

  2. Bev Says:

    Love the hat I wish I would wear hats but I hate the way I look. Great job!!!!

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