Where I live, it gets cold. Really cold. Biting winds and Polar Vortex sort-of-cold. It’s not just need-a-hat cold, it’s need-two-hats cold. But the problem is that you look pretty silly with two hats on.
But there’s a much more stylish solution: a stranded colorwork hat. Stranded colorwork makes things much warmer, as the floats of the unused colors lie at the back of the fabric and form a lining.
This hat uses a classic Shetland stitch pattern to create an entirely modern look. Suitable for men and women, it’s sophisticated in neutrals, or fun and funky in brights.
Suitable for your first stranded colorwork project. As long as you’ve got experience working in the round and reading charts you’ll be good to go.
Four sizes, for children to large adults. Pattern was originally created for a Craftsy kit, using their yarn, but any wool worsted weight would work very nicely! Cascade 220, Rowan Superwash Worsted, Galway, or similar!
Kids (Adult S, Adult M, Adult L)
Circumference: 15 (18, 21, 24) inches - choose a size with 1-2 inches of negative ease
Depth: 9 (9.25, 9.75, 10) inches; adjustable to preference
Cloudborn Superwash Merino Worsted (100% superwash merino, 221yds/100gm skein)
Main Color (MC): Slate Heather – 1 skein
Contrast Color (CC): Natural – 1 skein
4mm/US #6 16-inch circular
4.5mm/US #7 needles – or size needed to get gauge:
a 16-inch circular & needles for small circumference in the round: DPNs, 1 long circular or 2 short circulars
Stitch markers: 1 for start of round, and others to divide up pattern repeats