Sawtelle by Tanis Gray
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May 2009
24 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in Rib Pattern
US 5 - 3.75 mm
300 yards (274 m)
One Size Fits Most
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Inspired by Gar Sawtelle, the father in David Wroblewski’s novel The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, this hat works well for both men and women. Gar and his family lived on a working farm in Wisconsin breeding Sawtelle dogs and when reading the novel, I pictured him outside shoveling snow or raking leaves wearing a comfortable ribbed hat.
The stretchiness of the all-over ribbing fits a variety of adult sized heads and can easily be sized down for a child by omitting a few reps and the icord cast on ensures a good fit.
While the luxurious hand-dyed cashmere may not have been Gar’s fabric of choice living on a farm in the 1970’s, this hat would look great in wool in a color suited best for the wearer or a lovely handspun yarn.