Polar by Michele Wang


March 2012
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Stranded colorwork
US 7 - 4.5 mm
165 yards (151 m)
To fit head sizes 19-23½" comfortably
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This warm winter hat plays with traditional color motifs using a muted palette of greys and white. The ear flaps, which are picked up and worked last, feature a duplicate stitch motif and I-cord tassels. Add an optional pom-pom on top for a whimsical look, or leave it off for a cleaner silhouette. Stitch gauges between stranded and one-color fabrics should match – your individual tension may require two different needle sizes for these sections of the pattern. If you’re unsure, make a couple of quick swatches to check your gauge.


Three colors of worsted-weight wool yarn in the following amounts:
• 100 yards of Background Color (BC) – shown in Fossil
• 45 yards of Dominant Color 1 (DC1) – shown in Soot
• 20 yards of Dominant Color 2 (DC2) – shown in Sweatshirt


3 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia Wool; 140 yards/50g)
One skein of each of the colors listed above, or another combination of your choosing


20 stitches & 28 rows/rounds = 4” in Stockinette with Gauge Needle
20 stitches & 24 rounds = 4” in Stranded Colorwork pattern with Colorwork Gauge Needle
Note: You may require a slightly larger needle when working colorwork to achieve matching stitch gauge. We recommend swatching to check your gauges.


One 16” circular and one pair of DPNs in size needed to obtain Stockinette (one-color) Gauge
An additional 16” circular may be needed in the size that gets you correct Colorwork Gauge for charted section of hat
If you are knitting using the Magic Loop Method, the entire pattern can be worked on one long (32”+) circular
Suggested Size: US 7 (4½ mm)

Finished Dimensions

19½” circumference & 7¾“ height from brim to top of crown; measurements given are for unstretched hat
To fit head sizes 19-23½” comfortably

Skill Level

2 out of 5

Please note: the stitch patterns in this garment are charted only.