Black Tourmaline by Caitlin ffrench

Black Tourmaline

January 2015
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
12 stitches and 18 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch
US 11 - 8.0 mm
81 - 85 yards (74 - 78 m)
One Size
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This hat came about from adventure.

I was out a few hours from home with a friend of mine and we drove past a yarn shop (Valley Yarn) I had never been in. I yelled “stop the van!!!” and he did- very much thankfully as I probably would have rolled out on my own. I had the idea for this hat in my head for a while and just wanted it to be simple and black. I picked up the yarn and needles and cast it on immediately!

The photos came about in the same sort of way. My friend Amanda (Brutally Beautiful Photography) called me up a few days after the hat was knit up and asked if I wanted to go adventure in the forest- and to photograph any knits I had that weren’t published yet. The day was super foggy, but the sun was about to break through- we had to hurry to chase the fog up the mountain. Thankfully we hit the fog at the perfect time.

Yarn: Malabrigo Chunky in Black (104 yds/95 meters- 100g)
I used 77g (81 yds/74 meters)
Needles: 8mm needles- you’re working in the round so you’ll need either 16” circulars, DPN’s, or a long circular needle for the magic loop method
Gauge: 12 stitches and 18 rows in stockinette stitch
Finished Size: 10” from cast on to cast off

Thank you so much for taking the time with this pattern!
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The photos were taken by the brilliant Brutally Beautiful Photography
The yarn was acquired from Valley Yarn

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and adventure as much as possible!