There is nothing like working with a rustic yarn such as the Ross Farm longwools. It’s less forgiving than a springy commercial yarn, but I find the character of a yarn with such halo to create a great look that can’t be achieved any other way. In order to get a nice, slouchy look it will take a nice strong blocking to relax the yarn. But if you don’t have a farm nearby, a lovely commercial yarn will make a great hat, too.
This pattern requires the knitter to work knit, purl, and decrease stitches in the round for the basic hat shape. The hat begins with corrugated ribbing, which combines stranded work and 1x1 ribbing. Stranded knitting is represented in the color knitting chart. This pattern does not recommend a particular method for knitting in the round.
Note: Pattern includes a tutorial to show how to do the cable cast on using two colors.
Gauge measured after blocking:
22 sts/24 rows = 4” (10 cm) square (colorwork with larger needles)
26 sts/24 rows = 4” (10 cm) square (ribbing with smaller needles)
Sizes and Finished Measurements:
1-2 Years | 3-10 Years | Teen/Small Adult | Large Adult
16” | 18” | 20” | 22”
Needles:U.S. Size 5 (3.5 mm) and U.S. Size 6 (4.0 mm) or
size needed to produce noted gauge.
Brown and Cream sample, T/Sm. Adult size:
The Ross Farm Heritage & Rare Breed Fibers, 250 yds/4 oz
“Marcia’s Mash-up”, 100% Lincoln/Shetland, color A, brown
“Rare Treat”, 100% Leicester Longwool, color B, cream
Red and Cream sample, Large Adult size:
Malabrigo Rios, “Ravelry Red”, 100% Superwash Merino, 210 yds/100 grams, color A, red
Berroco Vintage DK, “Mochi”, 52% Acrylic, 40% Wool, 8% Nylon, 290 yds/100 grams, color B, white
Samples use approximately 75-85 yards of color A and approximately 100-125 yards of color B.
Tapestry Needle, Scissors, Tape Measure, Stitch Markers (12)
Good Yarn Substitutions:
Cascade 220, Dream in Color Classy, Madelinetosh Vintage or your favorite worsted weight wool or wool-blend yarn. Choose two contrasting colors with different values.
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