The Missionary Hat

December 2013
Aran (8 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch worked in the round
US 7 - 4.5 mm
250 - 300 yards (229 - 274 m)
Adult Medium (Large); 20 (22) inch head circumference
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

I designed and knit this hat especially for one of my favorite Missionaries, Elder Motes. It’s unseasonably cold this year and the Providence missionaries are outside in the wind and snow wearing flimsy store-bought acrylic hats. Not anymore.

I designed this hat to use up partial balls of good quality yarn (making it budget and stash-diet friendly). I chose to use (and strongly recommend) Lang Jawoll Yak because it’s light, very warm, machine washable, and comes in a variety of conservative colors (which is important for a full-time missionary or any business professional).

The construction is simple and the Color Transition band allows you to use colors that don’t typically play well together. The brim features lots and lots of ribbing so that it stays in place, fitting snugly to the head to keep the wind out, and is extra toasty over the ears when folded. The rest of the hat is simple stockinette stitch with just a touch of colorwork to keep things interesting. The colorwork is provided in written instruction (no chart), and you could omit the colorwork if you so choose.

This pattern is being provided for free in the hopes that others will join me in my quest to properly outfit missionaries for the winter. Many of them come from much warmer climates and have no idea how to handle the cold in their assigned areas, so if you would like to do what I do and mother a grown man by knitting him a proper hat, I’d be honored if you used this road-tested design to do so. Or knit one for the non-LDS man in your life; they like to be warm too ;)