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Open Studio

Knitting
November 2011
Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
200 yards (183 m)
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Cushy ribbed and cabled hat. I designed it in a tweedy aran wool for my friend Andrew, then knit myself a smaller one in a handspun DK yarn. Both of ours are watchcaps with a folded-up brim, but you can also shorten it to a simple cap.

The man’s version is knit on size 7s in Aran-weight yarn. The woman’s version is knit on size 6s in a sturdy DK (or a squishable worsted weight like Malabrigo). Both line-by-line and charted instructions are included in the pattern.

Working on this pattern with my friend was like letting him into the behind-the-scenes of my design process. And in a poetic turn of events, the hats were finished just in time for an open studio day at a local artists’ studios.