Boilermaker by Thea Colman


October 2016
Ross Farm Fibers Jacob 3ply
Ross Farm Fibers Shetland 3ply
Sport (12 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in colorwork and stockinette, based on final fabric
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
160 - 250 yards (146 - 229 m)
To fit an 18(20,22)" / 45.75(51,56)cm head
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And one more for Rhinebeck…..

I definitely have a weakness for farm yarns, and I often find myself in a festival booth with two different skeins in hand, unable to decide if I will get the light gray or the dark gray -- and desperately wanting both because they are equally beautiful and squishy and heathery and came from a wonderful vendor I want to support.

Last summer I decided to buy both from Ross Farm. One of these skeins is a Shetland wool, and the other is a Jacob wool. They had the same feel and drape and were similar weight so I figured it could work out. I love a tone on tone gray, and these just looked beautiful together.

The hat features a striking stranded motif that reads as just a little bit sophisticated when you mix those light and dark shades together. It’s earthy but modern. As is often the case, the repeat only looks hard - it’s two colors, addictive, and easier than you think.

The way in which I began and ended the design allows for the brim to be one color and the crown to become the other in a “star” at top. To add one more detail, I created a pom in my brim color. The pom is optional, but kind of seals the deal for me.

Note that the yarn used is listed as a sport weight yarn, but I love how it knits up in a Worsted Gauge. If substituting yarn, and not in the mood to modify things, you will want a light worsted.

However, there are instructions in the pattern for modifying if anyone wants to knit this for a different gauge or wants to create an alternate size.

Special for Rhinebeck weekend to encourage you to get some of these gorgeous farm yarns, the code “farms” will get you 20% off either Boilermaker or Brandy Alexander through Tuesday 10/18!