Climbing Pines by Hannah Thiessen

Climbing Pines

May 2019
Kintra Wool 2-Ply
Aran (8 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch on smaller needle, blocked
US 9 - 5.5 mm
US 10 - 6.0 mm
90 - 100 yards (82 - 91 m)
One Size
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Embrace the rustic, dense skeins of regional yarn in your stash with this hat, designed to display their character for all to appreciate. Climbing Pines features an easy to knit pine tree cable pattern with alternating tree heights that hide the decreases. This piece works up quickly with a chunky yarn and larger needle size, and stretches to accommodate a range of sizes.

Kintra Wool 2-Ply Sustainable Wool
220 yards (200 meters) / 100 g
100% Nova Scotian Wool (Cheviot, Suffolk)

The yarn used for this pattern is from Kintra Wool, a yarn producer located in Nova Scotia. Shona Brown of Kintra Wool mixes eco friendly acid dyes and natural dyes to get unsually rich colors, including Malachite, the color used here, dyed on her Eco-Dyed, 2-Ply Sustainable Wool. This wool is a blend of several Nova Scotian sheep breeds whose heartiness lends heft and tooth. While the yardage is good, I would consider this yarn an aran-weight due to density.

If you can’t get your hands on this yarn from Nova Scotia, look locally! Many smaller spinning mills and farms produce rustic yarns with similar qualities.

If still seeking, there are a few more yarns I could recommend:
Imperial Yarns Columbia
170 yards (155 meters) / 100 g
100% Columbia Wool

Odacier Doc Mason’s Wool
210 yards (192 meters) / 100 g
100% Maritime Wool Mix (Clun Forest, Cheviot)

As written, this hat fits with wiggle room on heads 18-22”, and is more of a snug beanie on heads 23”-26”.If you would like a very loose hat for a larger head, simply change your needle size to a US 10 (6 mm) for the ribbing, and a US 10.5 (6.5 mm) for the body of the hat.