Silver Darlings Beanie by Outi Kater

Silver Darlings Beanie

October 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
36 stitches and 35 rows = 4 inches
in colourwork
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
Average adult head 52-57cm/ 20.5-22.5in
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Herring, which once was called the ‘silver darling’ in English speaking fishing communities, has for hundreds of years provided a source of livelihood for the coastal communities from the Baltic Sea to the Atlantic Ocean and beyond. In Silver Darlings Beanie, which celebrates this humble fish, nineteen stylized herrings swim in the sea that ripples in jewel colours of teal, green and blue, coming together at a 16 point compass rose at the top.


Jamieson & Smith 2 Ply Jumper Weight (4ply weight/ fingering) 100% Real Shetland Wool (115m/125yds/25g ball)

Yarn A – Shade FC41 Teal: 1 x 25g ball
Yarn B – Shade 65 Green: 1 x 25g ball
Yarn C – Shade 131 Blue: 1 x 25g ball
Yarn D – Shade 203 Grey: 1 x 25g ball

2.5mm (UK12-13/US1-2) and 3mm (UK11/US2-3) short DPNs, sets of five and a 3mm circular needle, 60-80cm long, or your preferred needles for working small diameters in the round, or size required to obtain tension.

Stitch markers or waste yarn
Tapestry needle


To fit average adult head 52-57cm/ 20.5-22.5in
Actual circumference at brim 52cm/ 20.5in
Length 21cm/ 8.25in

For a shorter length you can omit rounds 33-44 from
chart B, which results in the total length of 17.5cm.
Alternatively, the hat can be worn with the ribbed rim
turned up.


36 sts and 35 rows = 10cm/4in using 3mm needles over colourwork pattern
28 sts and 47 rows = 10cm/4in using 2.5mm needles
over 2x1 ribbing