Decennium by Vintage Purls


February 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in Stranded stocking stitch
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
230 - 273 yards (210 - 250 m)
To fit a head approximately 55cm (22”) in circumference. Size modification covered in pattern notes.
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I created this pattern using traditional Fair Isle charts as a little amusement for myself. Then I knit it over and over again because I adore colourwork and the look of this hat changes so much with each new colour combination. Everything about this pattern happens in multiples of ten and since this year I have been in business and professionally designing for ten years, it seems only fitting that I release this pattern for others to enjoy now.


  • Vintage Purls superstar (70% N.Z. Polwarth 20% Tussah Silk 10% N.Z. Black Merino; 384 metres / 420 yards per 100g skein) in 3 or 5 colours. In total, the hat uses about 50g of yarn. It is advisable to have 20-25g of each colour used in a three-colour version. You’ll probably need more of the colour you wish to use for the crown of the hat than your other colour choices. Five colour hats will need less of each colour, though 20g of each is a safe number to play with.
  • 3.25mm 40cm needle or size that gives you gauge. And DPNS or long circular for magic loop in the same size.
  • 2.75mm 40cm needle for rib (or a needle two sizes smaller than the needle your are using for the body of the hat.)

Colour Usage

This pattern features a chart for a three-colour scheme and contains images and descriptions of other three and five colour schemes to help inspire you.

This hat’s appearance can change radically with colour choice and usage. You are encouraged to experiment and play to produce an item unique to you. A “colour your own” version of the chart is also provided to help you develop your own custom scheme.

Yarn Substitution

It is important (for a good fit) to use a non-superwash, mostly wool yarn for this project. If you wish to knit it in a superwash yarn be aware that it will grow significantly with washing, you would be advised to swatch and experiement with your specific yarn to achieve the correct gauge after blocking.