So you have a couple of skeins of Noro and you want to make something stripey. Vertical or horizontal stripes? How about both?
This pattern is incredibly easy—nothing more than knits, purls, and slipped stitches, with just one color used per row—but the end result will make even experienced knitters do a double-take: like magic, vertical stripes appear on one side of the fabric, and horizontal stripes on the other. The effects are accentuated by the use of two contrasting self-striping yarns.
Either vertical or horizontal stripes will show for most of the body of the reversible hat, and stripes running the other way appear when you fold up the brim. The decreases are worked in such a way as to be nearly invisible on both sides.
The pattern includes instructions for a scarf, cowl, and hat: the scarf and cowl are suitable for beginners, but the hat decreases are worked over a large number of stitches and require more concentration and pattern-reading skills, and may be more suitable for an intermediate-level knitter.
Suggested yarn: 2 contrasting colors of Noro Kureyon, Silk Garden, or any other self-striping worsted weight yarn (2 contrasting solid colors will also work, but won't be as dramatic)
Gauge: 18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in stockinette
Needle size: US 8 - 5.0 mm
Yardage: Hat: 220 yards (201 m) Scarf: 440 yards (402 m) Cowl: 220 yards (201 m)
Finished sizes: Hat: 18 inches x 9.5 inches (to fit a head of 22") Scarf: 7 inches x 64 inches Cowl: 21 inches x 10 inches