Blue Selbu by Joy Austin

Blue Selbu

August 2016
Aran (8 wpi) ?
9 stitches and 12 rows = 2 inches
in stocking stitch (stockinette)
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
131 yards (120 m)
One size to fit a 21-22” / 53-56cm head
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A bold, Norwegian-style hat with stranded colourwork (a traditional Selbu motif) around the ears for extra warmth, and at the crown.

Worked in the round, in aran weight yarn, it knits up quickly and only needs a small amount of the contrast colour.


  • 85m (93 yds) - approx. 50g - of aran weight yarn in main colour
  • 35m (38 yds) – approx. 20g - of aran weight yarn in contrast colour
  • 3.25mm (UK 10, US 3) and 3.75mm (UK 9, US 5) circular needles, 16” (40cm) long. (Or longer circulars can be used with the Magic Loop technique.) Alternatively, use double pointed needles, especially for the top of the hat as the number of stitches reduces.
  • A stitch marker

Pattern includes photo tutorials and tips on both stranded colourwork and Latvian braids. It is therefore suitable for adventurous beginners who can already knit and purl in the round and work straightforward decreases. The stranded colourwork is charted.