Misprision by Hunter Hammersen
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Misprision

Knitting
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 three gauges to fit most anyone, at 5.5spi, fits a head of about 20 [21, 21.75, 22.5, 23.5] inches (see notes below for more).
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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 (here that’s Tosh Vintage in Smokestack) and a slightly flashier contrast yarn (here it’s Tosh Merino Light in Alizarin). 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!

And the pompom? The pompom is totally optional. Leave it off if it’s not your style (I’ll never know). But I’m pretty sure a big fluffy pom makes any hat at least 35% more fun! (Oh, if you do want to include one, be sure you’ve got some extra yarn…mine took about 90 yards).

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.

I recommend working at something around 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 18.5 and 25.75 inches (with lots of points in between).

You’ll be using two different yarns. I used about 150 yards of worsted for the main color (gray, worsted weight) and about 100 of the contrast color (pink, fingering weight), but having 200 yards of the main color and 150 of the contrast color on hand would be an even safer bet. And if you want to make a pompom, you’ll want an extra 90-100 yards of yarn on hand in addition to what you need for the hat.

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)

Oh, and that purple hat in the very last picture? That’s Entrapment. I’m doing a little set of hats that all play with the idea colorwork without the extra work. Entrapment was the first in the series, and Misprision is the second. If you like one, I suspect you’ll enjoy the other as well!