Misprision by Hunter Hammersen


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May 2017
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
22 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked stockinette in main color
250 - 350 yards (229 - 320 m)
Written in five sizes and four gauges to fit most anyone, see notes below for more.
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This pattern (along with most of my earlier work) was retired in the summer of 2022. However, it may be available for a few days once or twice a year. Read on for details!

In the summer of 2022, I realized that maintaining a back catalog of hundreds of patterns was kind of overwhelming. I couldn’t do it and still release new things. So I took my old patterns down so I could keep doing new work.

Since then, a handful of my favorites have come back, and lovely new things have come out. But the vast majority of the old patterns are retired and will no longer be generally available.

However, enough folks have asked about some old favorites that I’m planning to make many of the retired patterns available for a few days once or twice a year (most likely in late spring and then again in the fall around Thanksgiving).

  • If you see the buy buttons on this page, you’ve caught it on one of the days it’s available, and you’re welcome to grab it!
  • If you don’t see the buy buttons on this page, then it’s not currently available.
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This is a companion to Collusion and Entrapment (the blue and purple hats in the pictures at the bottom of this page).

Misprision noun concealment of knowledge of a felony or treason

So I love seeing everyone else’s beautiful, intricate, multi-color masterpieces. I do. But if I’m being totally honest, the idea of making my own scares me. I’ve never quite gotten the hang of proper colorwork. And if we’re being super honest, I feel a little scared combining colors, too.

But this? This I can do (and if I can do it, you can too).

All you need is a nice, quiet, respectable background yarn and a slightly flashier contrast yarn. Then you just sit back and let the stitch pattern do all the work.

It’s easy (you’re only dealing with one yarn on any given row), it’s fun (I may possibly have found myself saying boop boop boop every time I made one of the nubblies), and it looks awfully cute when you’re done. And, if you happened to use a more variegated yarn for your contrast yarn? Well then it will look even more like you were doing fancy (cough, intimidating) things with colors!

The hat is written in five sizes (castons of 96, 100, 104, 108, and 112 stitches), and you should feel free to adjust your gauge a bit to fine tune the fit of the hat. Just be sure that you’re working at a gauge that gives you a fabric you like with your chosen yarn (you want something dense enough that you don’t see the contrasting yarn behind your fabric).

I recommend working at something around 4.5, 5, 5.5, or 6 stitches per inch, and I’ve included a table to help you figure out what gauge you’ll want to use for your size. With that range of sizes and gauges, the hat will fit a head between 17.5 and 25.5 inches (with lots of points in between).

Oh, and just to help you plan, I used about 150 yards of the gray and 100 yards of the pink yarn to make a hat for a large adult. If you’re making a bigger or taller hat (or if you use a skinnier yarn), you might want more like 200 yards of the main color and 125 yards of the contrast yarn.

This is perfect for you if:

  • You share my secret fear of proper colorwork, but want don’t want to miss out on all that pretty
  • You have some extra bits of fancy yarn you’re looking to show off
  • You can’t help wondering how that would look as a cowl (there might just be secret cowl instructions hidden away in there)

It’s not for you if:

  • You don’t like charts (the pattern uses charts)
  • You hate swatching (you need to swatch to check your needle size)