Mistarille hat by Maria Näslund

Mistarille hat

April 2012
Sjöalyckans Schappesilke 2.5/1, 250 m (274 yds)/100 g, 1 skein
Sport (12 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in Lace pattern
US 4 - 3.5 mm
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Mistarille is another word for Mithril, the mythical metal in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. It is described as feathery light, with a silver sheen, and stronger than any other metal.
The grey silk in this hat is silvery, very light and stronger than any other fiber. The stitch pattern is what I would imagine a chain-mail made by elven smiths would look like.

The hat comes in two lengths, a beanie/chemo cap version, and the longer slouchier version shown in the photos.

It is begun with a provisional cast-on and worked from the bottom up. Then the provisional cast-on is unravelled, and a lace edge is worked sideways and joined with the hat.

To match, there is also Mistarille cowl and cuffs.