Punica Hat by Katherine Vaughan

Punica Hat

January 2013
Bulky to superbulky weight handspun
Super Bulky (5-6 wpi) ?
12 stitches and 18 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 10 - 6.0 mm
110 - 125 yards (101 - 114 m)
17” / 43cm circumference at cuff by 8.5” / 21.5cm total height. Hat will fit heads of circumference 18-23” / 44.5-58.5cm easily; adjust length if desired to fit a shorter or longer head.
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Sometimes yarn tells you what it wants to be, and sometimes it just doesn’t. This yarn, a handspun alpaca/merino/silk blend, was definitely destined for hatdom—but what kind? After much negotiation, what you see is the result!

Top-down hats allow you to make adjustments to length after the crown is worked, resulting in a more precise fit. This “onion dome” shape expands to a wider circumference than normal and then pulls in right before the last set of ribbing to be snug at the cuff. It’s a trick taken from tams and berets and applied to a beanie. “Punica” is the genus name for the pomegranate, a hexagonal reddish/orange fruit well known from mythology.

The best thing about this hat, though, is how fast it works up—from cast on to finishing, this should take only a few hours. What a lovely gift for yourself or a loved one!