Ornäs hat by Ysolda Teague
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Ornäs hat

Knitting
May 2016
Sport (12 wpi) ?
27 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in colourwork in the round
US 5 - 3.75 mm
small [large]

“It’s better not to make mittens in a hurry… Let’s make them in May; let’s take our time over them; let’s venture into new approaches and designs; let’s enjoy them.”
“A good summer project is a bevy of hats.”
Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitters Almanac, for the months May and June.

Two small, portable projects for early summer so you’ll be ready when icy winds blow, fingerless mitts and a coordinating hat. Fingerless mitts simply because I don’t find myself wearing full mittens very often, but fingerless mitts are always useful — even when the icy winds are from over enthusiastic air conditioning.

The hat begins with a garter stitch band shaped with short rows so that it dips down to cover the ears, shaping for the crown worked into the colourwork pattern.

The Ornäsbjork is a type of silver birch that’s the national tree of Sweden. The colourwork patterns are inspired not by the iconic silhouettes of birch trees in winter but by their details: the textures and shapes of their catkins, trunks and leaves.