Kalmus by Elinor Brown
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October 2010
DK (11 wpi) ?
25 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
US 6 - 4.0 mm
246 - 369 yards (225 - 337 m)
Infant (Child Small, Child Large, Adult Small, Adult Medium, Adult Large)
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Named for beach straddling both Lewis Bay and Nantucket Sound on the south side of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Kalmus is a quickly knitted, stylish, and feminine cap to welcome in the off-season, fall. The pattern offers a good opportunity to practice the provisional cast-on (photo tutorial included) and the picot trim in an easy and approachable project. Sized to fit infants through adults, Kalmus is a perfect last minute gift for anyone.


Provisional cast-on, working in the round, knitting, purling, yarn overs, decreasing.

Infant (Child Small, Child Large, Adult Small, Adult Medium, Adult Large)

Shown in Adult Small.

When picking a size, expect the finished hat to be quite stretchy and select a size smaller than one’s actual head measurement.

Finished measurements
Circumference: 14.5 (16, 17. 5, 19.25, 20.75, 22.5)“
Height from brim to crown: 5.5 (5.75, 6, 6.25, 6.5, 6.75)”

25 stitches and 30 rounds = 4” in stranded stitch pattern on US 6 (4 mm) needles

Rowan Wool Cotton 50% merino, 50% cotton; 123 yd (112 m); 100 g skein; color: #954 Grand, 2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3) skeins.

US 6 (4 mm) circular needle, 16” long
1 set US 6 (4 mm) DPNs

Waste yarn
Stitch markers
Spare circular needle, any size smaller than US 6 (4 mm)
Tapestry needle