Mazes were created by the Celtic inhabitants of Ireland to calm the spirit. You can still find them in many locations across the island, where walking the lines of the maze is used as a type of meditation. The big difference between these circular mazes and the labyrinths of ancient Greece for example, is that they are places of contemplation, rather than a place for the uninitiated to get lost.
The patterns on this hat are my interpretation of these ancient mazes. The combination of Mosaic Knitting and Merino Singles results in a wonderfully soft, yet warm fabric. The hat matches the Uisneach Cowl; the pair can be made from just two contrasting skeins.
Intermediate, or adventurous beginner - Once you can knit in the round, you can make this hat. The colourwork is achieved by knitting specific stitches and slipping others, so it could not be easier.
Two sizes: Adult, Adult Large
Hat circumference: 48cm/ 19” (58 cm/ 23”)
To fit head circumference 54cm/ 21 ¼” (65.5cm/ 25 ¾“)
Single ply, Fingering weight 100% Merino
Colour A: approx. 60 m/ 66 yards (70 m/ 77 yards)
Colour B: approx. 115 m/ 126yards (150 m/ 164 yards)
Sample worked in Malabrigo Mechita (384m/420 yards per 100 grams) in colourways 83 - Water Green (Colour A) and 412 - Teal Feather (Colour B)
3.5 mm (US size 4) circular needle, or size required to match the gauge
2.5 mm (US size 1.5) circular needle, or size 1mm smaller than the gauge needle size
Optionally a spare needle, matching the smaller size, to use to pick up the optional provisional cast-on
Stitch Marker (One to mark the end of a round, optionally 4 (5) more to place between pattern repeats)
27 sts x 51 rows = 10 cm/4” worked in mosaic pattern in the rnd
27 sts x 30 rows = 10 cm/4” worked in stockinette in the rnd
The pattern has been professionally tech edited and tested.