Featherheid by Felicity (Felix) Ford


December 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
25 stitches and 33 rows = 4 inches
in colourwork in the round
US 4 - 3.5 mm
656 yards (600 m)
One size to fit head circumference: 56-60cm / 22-24in
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This colourwork hat in six shades celebrates the patterning of feathers on a duck’s body. It is based on my experience of living with three mucky Khaki Campbell ducks – Honey, Bonbon and Pretzel – and observing the shapes and shades of their plumage. It is a simple beanie worked at a fairly loose gauge for this yarn Knit it in the colours specified to celebrate Khaki Campbell ducks, or in a palette adapted to celebrate your own fine feathered friends!

Kate Davies Designs Milarrochy Tweed (70% wool; 30% mohair; 100m / 109yds per 25g ball). 1 ball of each of the following shades:
A Hirst
B Horseback Brown
C Bruce
D Birkin
E Hare
F Buckthorn

Needles and Notions
2 x 40cm / 16in gauge-size circular needles.
Gauge-size needle(s) of your preferred type for working small circumferences.
Gauge-size crochet hook for working provisional cast on (if using this method).
Stitch marker.
Tapestry needle.
Waste yarn.

25 sts and 33 rounds to 10cm / 4in over colourwork on gauge-size needle. Gauge was achieved on 3.5mm / US 4 needle.

Depending on your preference, this hat can be stretched and blocked to make a slouchy shape or blocked less severely for a neatly-fitting beanie.
One size to fit head circumference: 56-60cm / 22-24in
Hat circumference (unstretched): 58.5cm / 23in
Height from brim to crown: 21.5cm / 8½in

Pattern notes
This hat begins with a provisional cast on. After a brim lining has been knitted, the outer brim is worked in corrugated rib. Lining and brim are joined together, after which the main body of the hat is worked from a colourwork chart. Double decreases shape the crown.