Felted Derby Hat by Grace Rose
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Felted Derby Hat

July 2017
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
12 stitches and 14 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 11 - 8.0 mm
400 - 440 yards (366 - 402 m)
one size fits most
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This pattern includes instructions for knitting and felting two different derby styles and a felted flower as shown in the pics. The first pattern is a standard derby with a short brim shown in multi-color. The second pattern has a wider and slightly rounded brim as shown in cream. Both hats can be knitted in solids or variegated yarns and both are perfect for wearing plain or with flowers, ribbons and other decorations.

Information on felting and recommendations for yarns are included.

Please read through this pattern to become familiar with the pattern, types of yarn, and the felting process. The Notes and Felting Sections have information that is important to successfully knitting and felting hats.

U. S. Size 11 24-inch circular needles and dpns
1 stitch marker
Approximately 440 yards worsted weight for hat.
Approximately 50 yards for flower
Purchase yarn that is felt-able. Do not use super wash or washable wool. For this specific pattern, I recommend 100% wool and not a wool combination. When you knit your hat, you will hold two strands of yarn together.
Optional – Hat Shaper from Hatshapers.com or other form to shape your hat. I like the Medium Plus Plus or Large size
U.S. Size 10 needles
Approximately 30 – 50 yards of #4 worsted weigh. Use 100% wool appropriate for felting. Do not use washable wool.

Measurements: The hat is knitted in one size fits many teens/adults. The drying form that you use will determine the finished size of your hat.

Gauge: Purchase a yarn that gives a gauge on the wrapper of approximately 20 stitches and 26 rows to a 4 inch by 4 inch gauge when knitted with U.S. Size 7 needles. Your unfelted gauge with double strand on U.S. Size 11 should approximate 12-14 stitches to 4 inches. Since the hat will be felted to size, an approximation will work.