Symbister House Hat by Claire Neicho
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Symbister House Hat

Knitting
October 2014
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in stranded colourwork pattern
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
173 - 212 yards (158 - 194 m)
S (L) to fit head circumference 51.5 to 54 (57 to 59.5) cm/ 20.75 to 21.75 (22.75 to 23.75) inches
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The Symbister House Hat was designed as part of a set. The set was inspired by the architecture of Symbister House. Symbister House looks out over the harbour of Symbister, the main settlement of the island of Whalsay, Shetland. It was built by the Sixth Robert Bruce of Symbister, Laird of Whalsay, in 1823. It is a magnificent Georgian mansion. The main motif of the hat and mitt set was taken from one of the outbuildings, a “high-rise” three-seater toilet known as the Laird’s Toilet.

Both the hat and mitt patterns can be bought together for a discounted price by selecting the e-book option.

Sizes:
S (L) to fit head circumference 51.5 to 54 (57 to 59.5) cm/ 20.75 to 21.75 (22.75 to 23.75) inches, designed to be worn with 2.5 to 5 cm/1 to 2 inches negative ease. Shown in size S.

Finished Measurements:
Circumference 49 (54.5) cm/19.75 (21.75) inches.
Depth 21.5 (24) cm/8.5 (9.5) inches.

Yarn Requirements:
MC (Black): 26 (32) g / 53 (66) yards / 49 (60) m
CC1 (Moorit): 14 (19) g / 28 (39) yards / 26 (36) m
CC2 (Fawn): 8 (10) g / 17 (21) yards / 15 (19) m
CC3 (Grey): 6 (6) g / 12 (12) yards / 11 (11) m
CC4 (Mioget): 11 (12) g / 23 (24) yards / 21 (22) m
CC5 (Light Grey): 14 (17) g / 28 (35) yards / 26 (32) m
CC6 (White): 6 (7) g / 12 (15) yards / 11 (14) m

These are the exact amounts required to the knit the hat. Extra is required for swatching.

To buy see www.foulawool.co.uk

A yarn kit will be available to purchase from the Foula Wool website shortly. In the meantime you may reserve a kit by contacting them through their website.

About the yarn:
Foula wool yarn is spun from 100% Foula sheep wool from the extremely remote Shetland island of Foula. Foula sheep are a traditional strain of Shetland sheep and the yarn comes in 7 entirely natural sheep colours.

Needles:
3.75 mm circular needle 40 cm long and/or double pointed needles, or size required to match tension.
3.5 mm circular needle 40 cm long or double pointed needles, or one size smaller than needle required to match tension.

Tension:
22 sts and 24 rows to 10 cm/4 inches using larger needles, measured over stranded colourwork pattern after blocking.

Notions:
Stitch marker to mark beginning of round
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends.

Skills required:

  • working in the round
  • working with two yarns at the same time using the stranded technique
  • ability to read a chart (the colourwork pattern is charted only, written instructions are limited to explanations of how to use the chart in the pattern)

Pattern has been professionally tech edited by Stephanie Boardman