Ecliptic by Hunter Hammersen
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April 2018
DK (11 wpi) ?
24 stitches = 4 inches
in Blocked ribbing
225 - 300 yards (206 - 274 m)
Written in four sizes and three gauges to fit most anyone, at 6 spi, fits a head of about 19.5 [20.75, 21.75, 23] inches (see notes below for more).
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Ecliptic noun
- a great circle on the celestial sphere representing the sun’s apparent path

Sometimes simple and classic is the way to go. And it doesn’t get much more simple or classic than a lovely ribbed hat. But charming though the classics may be, I like a little something extra to keep it interesting. And this beautiful stitch is just the thing!

Now don’t worry, I promise it’s not hard. I know it might look a bit daunting, but most of the time you’re just working nice, soothing ribbing (really!). Every now and then you do a little something special to make a bit of magic. But even then, it’s easier than it looks (and I’ve even got some lovely illustrations to walk you through it step by step).

And the fabric you’ll create is just delightful. It’s extra thick (which means your hat will be super warm and cozy) and it looks great on both sides, so it’s reversible (a picture towards the bottom shows the wrong side of the fabric). I suspect you’re going to love it (and might just find yourself using this stitch on other projects)!

The hat is written in four sizes (castons of 102, 108, 114, and 120 stitches), and you should feel free to adjust your gauge a bit to fine tune the fit of the hat. Just be sure that you’re working at a gauge that gives you a fabric you like with your chosen yarn!

I recommend working at something around 5.5, 6, or 6.5 stitches per inch, and I’ve included a table to help you figure out what gauge you’ll want to use for your size. With that range of sizes and gauges, the hat will fit a head between 18 and 25 inches (with lots of points in between).

This hat does use quite a bit more yarn than you might expect (all those lovely long loops need extra yarn). I made mine (with a deep brim, at 5.5 stitches per inch, and in the 108-stitch size) with about 225 yards of DK-weight yarn. But you might want to have as much as 300 yards on hand just to be safe.

This is perfect for you if:

  • You really need to know how that stitch works
  • You’re looking for a lovely, meditative project

It’s not for you if:

  • You don’t like charts (the pattern uses charts)
  • You hate swatching (you need to swatch to check your needle size)

Fallen madly in love with the type of stitches used in this hat? Me too! I’m working on a whole series of them. If you’re looking for more, check out Constellate and Sidereal for other variations on the theme!