221B Hat by Sami Brooker

221B Hat

December 2012
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Stranded colorwork
US 8 - 5.0 mm
200 - 400 yards (183 - 366 m)
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This pattern is available for free.

One evening I sat down in front of my TV and was struck with an urge to watch the shockingly popular BBC show based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle -- Sherlock. I devoured the first three episodes immediately. While waiting to borrow a copy of season 2 on DVD, I kept re-watching the first episodes and knitting away my time. Very late one night, while browsing through fanmade knits, it struck me. That quirky wallpaper with the big happy face needed to be knit. I looked for a pattern, but found none that I was satisfied with, so I made my own while crying my way through The Reichenbach Fall.

This quick-to-knit, bottom-up, stranded hat is based on the distinctive wallpaper in apartment 221B in BBC Sherlock. The pretty print is so classy and sharp, just like the charming human bag of quirk we’ve come to love. The embroidered smiley face -- no bullet holes included -- is a bold statement, but can be left out for a more demure hat for the shy Holmes-enthusiast, or as a gift for a non-fan. It makes a cozy last-minute present for any adult or older teen and of course any Sherlockian would absolutely adore it.