Elvira by Alyssa Heath


November 2010
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
25 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette, 3.25mm needles
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
300 - 350 yards (274 - 320 m)
One size
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This pattern is available for free.

Update for the new year - Elvira is now available as a free Ravelry download!

I would love to see a finished Elvira hats if you’ve made one - It has now been downloaded several hundred times so I figure it’s probably gotta be in existence somewhere!

If I made this again (and I might just do that), I would probably extend the body of the hat slightly so it’s longer and more slouchy.

This very clever lady made it using 3.25mm needles for the whole thing rather than smaller for the brim - and it also looks fab. Take a look if you’re worried about the brim being too tight.

This is the former “unsizeable hat”. And I am so pleased with the way it came out in the end! So worth the effort.

In the end I decided to name it after Elvira from Don Giovanni. It’s just a bit of a co-incidence that I went to see it at the weekend, but a few years ago I played a role that was certainly not the title role in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, so I’ve always loved the name. I don’t think I would have made a very good Elvira, but I played the role of dinner guest pretty well. Going round to someone else’s house and eating their food? It’s the part I was born to play.