Carom by Hunter Hammersen


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February 2011
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
150 - 300 yards (137 - 274 m)
See notes below, at 5.5spi, fits a head of about 18 [21, 24] inches
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This pattern (along with most of my earlier work) was retired in the summer of 2022. However, it may be available for a few days once or twice a year. Read on for details!

In the summer of 2022, I realized that maintaining a back catalog of hundreds of patterns was kind of overwhelming. I couldn’t do it and still release new things. So I took my old patterns down so I could keep doing new work.

Since then, a handful of my favorites have come back, and lovely new things have come out. But the vast majority of the old patterns are retired and will no longer be generally available.

However, enough folks have asked about some old favorites that I’m planning to make many of the retired patterns available for a few days once or twice a year (most likely in late spring and then again in the fall around Thanksgiving).

  • If you see the buy buttons on this page, you’ve caught it on one of the days it’s available, and you’re welcome to grab it!
  • If you don’t see the buy buttons on this page, then it’s not currently available.
  • If you want to hear when the retired patterns will be available, subscribe to the mailing list or patreon, or keep an eye on my instagram.

Carom verb to collide and rebound, to ricochet

So I need to make a little confession. I have this tendency, when I finish a project, to go ‘hmmm, so what would happen if I tweaked this bit over here a little, and maybe zapped this bit over here?’ Before you know it, I have a second project on the needles. That totally happened here, and you get to benefit from my indecisive nature!

The pattern includes both versions of the hat. The first, shown here without a folded brim, uses a larger version of the stitch motif and is lovely and lacy. The second, shown here with a folded brim, uses a bit more compact version of the motif and is solid instead of lacy. Either one can be knit with or without the folded brim, and the crowns of both are an absolute delight.

Each hat is written in three sizes (90, 105, or 120 stitch cast on for one, 91, 104, 117 stitch cast on for the other), and you should feel free to adjust your gauge a bit to fine tune the fit of the pieces. Just be sure that you’re working at a gauge that gives you a fabric you like with your chosen yarn!

I recommend working at something around 5.25, 5.5, or 5.75 stitches per inch, and I’ve included a table to help you figure out what gauge you’ll want to use for your size.

With that range of sizes and gauges, the hats will fit a head between 18 and 25 inches (with lots of points in between).

These are perfect for you if:

  • You like to keep your options open
  • You’ve got a lone skein of DK looking for a project
  • You think two patterns are more fun than one

They’re not for you if:

  • You don’t like charts (the pattern uses charts)
  • You hate swatching (you need to swatch to check your needle size)