Euphorbia Hat and Cowl by Anna Pack

Euphorbia Hat and Cowl

Knitting
February 2018
Aran (8 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 25 rows = 4 inches
in stranded colourwork
US 8 - 5.0 mm
516 yards (472 m)
one size
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Featuring stranded colourwork knitted in the round, this hat and matching cowl are inspired by the colours of the euphorbia and other spring perennials in my garden.

Yarn
Alpaca Tweed by The Border Mill 100% alpaca (190m/208yd per 100g skein):
1 skein Golden Pear (A)
1 skein Kingfisher (B)
1 skein Anatolia (C)

Yarn substitution:
The following approximate quantities of a similar aran weight yarn may be used:

Cowl:
A (light green) – 86m/94yd
B (mid green) – 65m/71yd
C (dark green) – 50m/55yd

Hat (excluding pom-pom):
A (light green) – 79m/86yd
B (mid green) – 61m/67yd
C (dark green) – 71m/78yd

Pom-pom:
Approx 25-30g (50-60m/55-65yd) of preferred colour(s) of yarn. Note: if making a single-colour Golden Pear pompom, an extra skein of that colour will be needed to complete both the hat and cowl.

Quantities may vary depending upon gauge and type of yarn used.

Needles and Notions
5mm/US 8 (or size required to obtain gauge) circular needle, 40cm/16in length.
Set of 4 DPNs in gauge size for working centre of hat crown.
Extra large pom-pom maker (to make pom-pom approx 8-9cm diameter).
Stitch marker, tapestry needle for finishing, stainless steel pins for blocking.

Gauge
21 sts and 25 rows to 10cm/4in, after wet-blocking, across stranded colourwork. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain gauge.

Measurements and Sizing
Circumference of hat brim 53cm/21.5in to fit head of 55-60cm/22-24in. The hat is shown on a head size 59cm/23in.

Skills Required
The pattern uses stranded colourwork, requiring the anchoring of longer yarn floats at the back of the work. Other techniques include two-colour German twisted cast-on and corrugated ribbing.
Information is available on my blog including links to online articles which explain these techniques.

Pattern is both written and charted. Thankyou to Karen Butler for tech editing this pattern.