Forthwith by Hunter Hammersen


May 2022
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches = 4 inches
in 1x1 twisted ribbing, blocked
200 - 250 yards (183 - 229 m)
Written in four sizes and four gauges to fit most anyone (see notes below for more).
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Forthwith adverb without any delay, immediately

I have a small weakness for speckled yarns. And by ‘small weakness for’ I mean ‘complete inability to refrain from buying.’

But, just to make things fun, I also have a hard time actually using all those gorgeous speckled yarns in projects. Because sometimes the lovely speckles I adore so much don’t play nicely with the complicated stitch patterns I tend to want to use.

But I’ve finally figured out the secret to actually using my vast stash of speckled yarns. The secret is (as it so often is) restraint. The secret is that you only get one showy thing per project. So if you’ve got some gorgeous speckles that want to strut their stuff, you have to give them a restrained stitch pattern on which to do it.

In this case that means a lovely long stretch of stockinette up top (speckled yarns really shine on stockinette). But I couldn’t knit a whole hat in plain stockinette and retain my will to live, so there’s a rather delightful bit of dramatic swoopy business down here at the beginning (speckled yarns will also generally behave themselves over ribbing and nice straight lines, assuming you make the lines long enough that they stand out against the exuberance of the fabric). And of course there’s a pretty crown, because why even knit a hat if you can’t have a pretty crown!

And don’t worry, you absolutely can make this with a non-speckled yarn and it will be lovely. But if you happen to have an opinionated yarn you’ve been having trouble finding just the right project for, this might well be it.

Oh and there will be mitts to match in a little while (they’ll be a separate pattern, but you can see a sneak peek of them in some of the pictures) just in case you’re inclined to make matching sets!

The hat is written in four sizes (castons of 104, 112, 120, or 128 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, 5.5, 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 19.75 and 25.75 inches (with lots of points in between).

This is perfect for you if:

  • You’ve got some speckled yarn you really want to show off but haven’t quite found the right project for
  • You’re looking for something very chill and mellow that still looks just a little bit fancy

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)