Team USA Reindeer Hat by Helena Bristow

Team USA Reindeer Hat

December 2009
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
21.5 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
200 - 220 yards (183 - 201 m)
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  • 2/28/09 decreases should be completed as indicated in chart. Pattern text indicates decreases begin later, but the chart is correct.
  • 02/18/10 pattern & chart revised to better accommodate decreases for top of cap
  • 02/13/10 gauge included, needle size changed to 5 & 6 (originally 7)

I’ve been lusting over this amazing hat - the official hat of 2010 Team USA - from the Ralph Lauren website since I first saw it mentioned (I no longer recall by which of my favourite knit-bloggers/tweeters). But $65 is a bit of an absurd price-tag, even for designer knitwear. So I spent a cozy morning in bed with my cup of coffee and reverse-engineered the pattern from the photos. So, I bring you, the Team USA Reindeer pattern!

There is some debate about whether these are reindeer or moose. Ralph calls them moose, but several antler-experts have written to inform me that they are in fact reindeer. I’ve lived in San Diego my whole life, so I know very little about the subtle nuances between moose and reindeer antlers -- but I DO know that this is an effing adorable hat.