Hitherto by Hunter Hammersen


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September 2020
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked stockinette
200 - 250 yards (183 - 229 m)
Written in six sizes and five gauges to fit most anyone (see notes below for more).
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Discontinued. This digital pattern is no longer available online.

In July of 2022, I took down all my patterns. A tiny handful are destined to return, most are not.

I’m still releasing new patterns (along with other fun projects). I just want to focus my time and energy on making new things rather than on maintaining a back catalog of hundreds of older patterns. But there are lots of new things planned, and I’m excited to share them with you!

If you want to follow along with what comes next or read a little more about why I made this change (and the nifty things that happened along the way), you can do that here.

And don’t worry, if you had the pattern in your ravelry library before it went away, it will still be there. It’s always a good idea to keep backups on your own computer (websites don’t last forever), but nothing I can do can take anything out of your library (and I wouldn’t even if I could). Taking the patterns down just means no on else can buy them.

Hitherto adverb up to this or that time

This is a companion to Henceforth (the mitts in the pictures at the bottom of this page).

Knitted leaves are magic. I’m sorry, I don’t make the rules. I don’t know why. I just know that it’s true. There’s something about them that is so lovely and so orderly and so deeply satisfying, and I cannot explain it. It doesn’t make any sense at all. But it does make me happy, so I’m not going to fight it.

And, just for bonus points, knitted leaves lend themselves to the most glorious hat crowns. As if they hadn’t already done enough for us! Apparently they’re just so cool they can’t help showing off.

The hat is written in six sizes (castons of 72, 80, 88, 96, 104, or 112 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 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, or 6 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 15.75 and 24.75 inches (with lots of points in between).

This is perfect for you if:

  • You share my helpless fondness for knitted leaves
  • You are powerless to resist a tidy hat crown

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)