Spice Market Hat by Michele Rose Orne
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Spice Market Hat

January 1996
Aran (8 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch (St st) and chart patterns using size 9 needles
US 9 - 5.5 mm
2208 yards (2019 m)

Pattern description from Knitting in America: “Michele chose Manos del Uruguay handspun yarn for this project because the spicy, autumn-like palette was especially appealing to her. For inspiration, she looked through books on Indian and Middle Eastern carpets. She began knitting it at her home in Camden, Maine, then ended up taking it on a business trip to China in order to finish by the deadline. Not surprisingly, several people in the airport and on the airplane stopped to ask her about the beautiful ribbon of color growing in her lap. ‘You’re knitting your own blanket,’ Michele recalls many of them saying as they admired her work. In fact, it would be easy to turn this shawl into a blanket by making it twice as wide, repeating the patterning twice. Michele played around with several different hat shapes before she settled on the close-fitting cap shown on page 22. The patterns for both appear on page 169.”


  • 1 3.5oz / 100g hang (each approx 138yd/124m) of Manos del Uruguay in #54 Wine (A), #08 Black (B), #28 Clay (C), “K” Bisque (D), “M” Bordeaux (E), #51 jade (F), #48 Berry (G), #49 Coral (H), #61 Peony (I), #52 Flesh (J), “W” Yellow (K), “E” Bottle Green (L), #37 Brown (M), #55 Olive Green (N), “G” Mossy Brown (O), and #35 Thistle Green (P)
  • One pair size 9 needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • One set (5) size 9 dpn for Hat
  • Stitch marker for Hat
  • Size H crochet hook for Wrap

First published in hardcover as Knitting in America (Artisan, 1996) 16