Pelagic by Hunter Hammersen


September 2016
Sport (12 wpi) ?
18 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked stockinette in main color (see notes for more info)
US 5 - 3.75 mm
100 - 350 yards (91 - 320 m)
See notes below, at 4.75spi, fits a head of about 20.4 [22.25, 24, 26] inches and a wrist of about 5.5 [6.5, 7.5, 8.25] inches
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Pelagic adjective
- of or relating to the open sea or ocean

So you know that skein of really variegated sock yarn? The one you couldn’t resist in the shop? But it turned out to be a bit more energetic than you expected and you’ve been wondering what to do with ever since?

Yeah, this is what you do with it!

By pairing a lovely vibrant sock yarn (don’t kid me, you’ve got one in your stash) with a rather more subdued DK or sport weight yarn (I suspect you’ve got one of those too), you can work magic.

You don’t need a huge amount of either yarn (175 yards or less of each yarn will make the hat, and 75 yards or less of each will make the cuffs), so it’s a fantastic stash buster. And while you’re technically working with two yarns, you only ever use one in any given row, so it’s perfect if you’re a bit scared of proper colorwork (I know I am).

Each piece is written in four sizes (an 88, 96, 104, & 112-stitch cast on for the hat, and a 24, 28, 32, & 36-stitch cast on for the cuffs), and you should feel free to adjust your gauge a bit to fine tune the fit of the pieces. 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 4.5, 4.75, or 5 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 20.5 and 26 inches (with lots of points in between) and the cuffs will fit a wrist between 5.5 and 8.25 inches (again, with lots of points in between).

These are perfect for you if:

  • You have some super colorful sock yarn lurking in your stash
  • You believe accessories are best in sets
  • You’re looking for stashbuster projects

They’re 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)