Enchanting & Magical Witch Hat by Anne Carroll Gilmour

Enchanting & Magical Witch Hat

August 2006
Aran (8 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
in stocking st
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
220 - 330 yards (201 - 302 m)
child's, adult/adult tall & crinkled
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Several years ago, I looked & looked for a knitted/felt witch hat so I could make one for my sister’s Oct. Birthday. (We’re big Halloween nerds in my family) Couldn’t find one, so I wrote this… it’s fun! I adapted the star chart from my Dancing Stars Hat to fit the adult size, but the charted color work is optional. The pattern is written in line-by-line instructional format and includes a smaller size for children, and a longer version if you want to style it with crinkles and folds. You can have some great fun with magicalembellishments as seen on many of the samples here.
Please note: Pattern is written specifically using Brown Sheep Company’s Lamb’s Pride Worsted, fulling results may vary if you use a different yarn.

Interesting aside, I recently found out that my 10th great grandmother Mary Towne Easty was hung as a witch in Salem in 1692, along with her sister Rebeccah Towne Nurse and my other 10x great aunt, Sarah Towne Cloyce, nearly died in captivity for almost 2 years on the same charge (all were innocent of course)- this came as a real surprise because I am the 1st person in my immediate family to be born in U.S., everyone I am related to is from Ireland, Scotland, Africa or Canada- turns out, the Easty family lost everything in the aftermath of the witch trials and one grandson emigrated to New Brunswick, Canada, founding a branch of my mothers’ family. I had no idea any of us were related to American colonists, who knew? The magical witchy thing just seems to come with the genes in my family! smile (My sister is wayyyyy mormon and has been diligently doing genealogical research and DNA testing, she only recently was able to substantiate this far back in our Mothers’ ancestral line)