Penchant by Hunter Hammersen


January 2016
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
17 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked stockinette
175 - 225 yards (160 - 206 m)
Written in three or four sizes and four gauges to fit most anyone (see notes below for more).
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Penchant noun a definite liking; a strong inclination

I love how tiny changes in your knitting can have huge effects in your finished work. Sometimes that gives us headaches (oh, it won’t really matter if my gauge is off by half a stitch, will it?). But sometimes it lets us experiment with variations on a theme (and that’s much more fun!).

Both of these hats start out the same way, but then one tiny change (just moving the decreases around a bit) gives you two totally different versions. Both are lovely and fun to work, and I suspect you’ll end up making both!

The pattern includes the directions for both hats. They’re written in three sizes (castons of 72, 88, and 104 stitches), 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, 4.25, 4.5, or 4.75 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 hats will fit a head between 17.5 and 25.5 inches (with lots of points in between). You can almost certainly make any size hat with less than 250 yards of yarn.

These are perfect for you if:

  • You love the idea of variations on a theme
  • You believe two hats are better than one
  • You’re looking for flexible, versatile, wearable hats

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)