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Beehive Hat for Survival Lessons

September 2013
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
175 yards (160 m)
one size

This pattern is included a wonderful memoir by my very talented cousin Alice Hoffman.

From the book jacket, Alice writes ” In many ways I wrote Survival Lessons to remind myself of the beauty of life, something that’s all too easy to overlook during the crisis of illness or loss. I forgot that our lives are made up of equal parts of sorrow and joy, and that it is impossible to have one without the other. I wrote to remind myself that despite everything that was happening to me, there were still choices I could make.”

Here is a video trailer for the book:
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Here is a snapguide accompaniment for the book:
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The hat pattern, which begins on page 53 of the book, is in the chapter titled “Do Something New”. Therefore, the pattern is written very simply, so that a beginner as well as a more experienced knitter would feel comfortable reading and working the project.

I suggest using a soft merino yarn, but I have also made this hat in alpaca, wool/cotton, and even cashmere for a special friend. Use what works for you and your budget, just be sure to make it so that the final piece will feel wonderful on the wearer.

The pattern is written for one size, with a note for other sizes by changing stitch count.

Errata: On page 57:
for second decrease when working in the round, should be
Knit 5, k2tog, repeat from to end of round.
for third decrease when working in the round, should be
Knit 4, k2tog, repeat from to end of round.