Ephemeris by Hunter Hammersen

Ephemeris

Knitting
May 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
26 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked ribbing
300 - 400 yards (274 - 366 m)
Written in five sizes and four gauges to fit most anyone (see notes below for more).
Flag of English English
Out of print. This pattern was available for $7.50.

This pattern (along with most of my earlier work) was retired in the summer of 2022. However, it may be available for a few days once or twice a year. Read on for details!




In the summer of 2022, I realized that maintaining a back catalog of hundreds of patterns was kind of overwhelming. I couldn’t do it and still release new things. So I took my old patterns down so I could keep doing new work.

Since then, a handful of my favorites have come back, and lovely new things have come out. But the vast majority of the old patterns are retired and will no longer be generally available.

However, enough folks have asked about some old favorites that I’m planning to make many of the retired patterns available for a few days once or twice a year (most likely in late spring and then again in the fall around Thanksgiving).

  • If you see the buy buttons on this page, you’ve caught it on one of the days it’s available, and you’re welcome to grab it!
  • If you don’t see the buy buttons on this page, then it’s not currently available.
  • If you want to hear when the retired patterns will be available, subscribe to the mailing list or patreon, or keep an eye on my instagram.



This is one of the patterns in Firmament: Stellar Stitches for your Next Adventure.

The book has lots of fun extras including:

  • A detailed guide to the stitches used in the patterns plus info on how to start developing your own variations on them
  • A mini stitch dictionary with alternate versions of the stitches used in the hats
  • All the info you need to turn any of the hat patterns into cowl patterns
  • A quick guide to everything I wish you knew about hats
  • A quick primer on reading charts



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. 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 beautiful on either side. I suspect you’re going to love it (and might just find yourself using this stitch on other projects)!




The hat is written in five sizes (castons of 104, 112, 120, 128, and 136 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, 6.5, or 7 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 18.75 and 24 inches (with lots of points in between).




This is perfect for you if:

  • You really need to know how that stitch works
  • You love the idea of a reversible hat
  • 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)