Brindled by Woolly Wormhead


September 2014
Light Fingering ?
27 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
178 - 333 yards (163 - 304 m)
18in, 21in, 24in
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This pattern is available for free.

It’s no secret that I think about Hats all day, every day. Whether it’s how to construct the perfect Hat, working through the architecture of an unusual crown decrease or deconstructing an all-important fine detail, I love Hats. This unisex slouch is, at first glance, a simple working of offset stripes in subtle, earthy colors that play across the Hat right up to the brim. Hidden beneath the smooth surface however are carefully aligned short rows that stack up to make this slouch as visually appealing as it is to knit. Brindled in color and Brindled by name, this Hat presents the perfect playground to explore the architecture of Hats.

Worked in Shibui Knits Pebble held double, this Hat knits up at a 4ply/ Sock weight gauge. Silk, Cashmere and Merino are the perfect complement to this light and drapey Hat. By working up a hat with such a soft, fine yarn held double, the light gauge makes this a good transition piece. The soft garter stitch brim keeps things low key and perfectly smooth for a truly modern and unisex feel. Whether it’s soft, muted tones for this graphic Slouch that you choose or something bolder, Brindled will appeal to knitters everywhere who share my joy in beautiful construction and perfect color play.

To fit head circumference: 18(21, 24) inches/45.75(53.25, 61) cm

Finished size: 15.5(18.5, 21.5) inches/39.25(47, 54.5) cm

(MC) Shibui Knits Pebble (held double throughout) (48% Silk, 36% Merino, 16% Cashmere; 224yd/205m per 25g skein); color: Abyss; 195(265, 364) yd/178(242, 333) m
(CC) Shibui Knits Pebble (held double throughout) (48% Silk, 36% Merino, 16% Cashmere; 224yd/205m per 25g skein); color: Pollen; 149(199, 274) yd/136(188, 251) m

An additional 77yd/72m for a 6inx6in/15cmx15cm swatch in either color.

Set 2.75mm/UK12/US2 & 3mm/UK11/US2½ double-point needles

27 sts x 36 rows to 4inches/10cm on 3mm needles over St.St.
26 sts x 52 rows to 4inches/10cm on 2.75mm needles over Garter St.

This pattern uses short rows in the round - these can be tricky due to differences in gauge between knit and purl sts.

’w&t’ in the pattern is an abbreviation for short rows - you don’t have to use the wrap and turn method! Use whichever method suits you.

We’re having a chat about this in the Brindled KAL thread - please do leave your short row suggestions there. One knitter has suggested this method:

I’m unable to offer pattern support for my free patterns via Ravelry PM or email - please visit the Wormhead’s Hats group if you have a question about this pattern. Thanks for your understanding!