Careen: Hat & Headband by Louise Zass-Bangham
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Careen: Hat & Headband

November 2012
Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi) ?
18.5 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in Stocking stitch (stockinette)
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
59 - 105 yards (54 - 96 m)
To fit measured around head: Womens 51cm/20” & Mens 56cm/22”
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A lovely hat for the depths of winter and a cosy headband for autumn. The wool/silk mix is soft and warm, perfectly non-itchy. They are unisex styles, sized for women & men.

This is an easy first project to work in the round. However, you can choose to work:
EITHER flat & seamed
OR seamlessly in the round

The pattern includes charts AND written instructions.

Like accessories in matching sets? See Careen ebook for the mini collection.

To fit measured around head:
Womens 51cm/20”
Mens 56cm/22”
Hat & headband sizes the same. Headband is 11cm/4 1/2” wide.


  • Fyberspates Aran Scrumptious 45% silk 55% merino, 165m/180yds per 100g skein, 1 skein.
  • Hat - Womens: 60g 100m/110yds. Mens: 70g 115m/126yds.
  • Headband - Womens: 40g 65m/70yds. Mens: 46g 76m/83yds.
  • tapestry needle
  • stitch markers Worked flat:
  • 4.5mm/US 7 & 5mm/US 8 needles Worked in the round:
  • 4.5mm/US 7 & 5mm/US 8 needles for your preferred method of working in the round EITHER sets of double-pointed needles OR circular needles with 80cm/32” cable for working magic loop method OR two sets each size circular needles with 60cm/24” cables

Note: you can make womens mitts & matching headband from one skein of yarn, making a lovely gift set or two small presents. For those who like whole sets, add one more skein for the snug Careen cowl too.

18.5 sts & 24rows to 10cm/4” square over stocking stitch with 5mm/US 8 needles or size required to achieve tension.

Thank you to Mel, Lesley, Denise & Freddie.

Photography at Chiswick Park, in 2-Way Mirror Labyrinth by Jeppe Hein.