Kobuk by Caitlin Hunter


December 2016
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in bobble pattern
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
180 - 220 yards (165 - 201 m)
Child (Adult S/M, Adult L/XL) Circumference (unstretched) 16” (20”, 24”)
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Kobuk can be knit either by combining 2 yarns together, one strand of DK weight and one of laceweight mohair (as pictured in sample), or with a single strand of worsted weight. The choice is yours!

Nothing says winter to a northerner quite like fresh snowfall and a hot drink in hand. The light, fluffy flakes can make the whole world feel like a snow globe, and the picturesque landscape of Alaska’s mountains and rivers certainly don’t detract from that vision. This hat is inspired by the spicy scents at Alaska’s own Kobuk Coffee Co., where cinnamon, clove, and orange from their signature tea mingle with the stronger richness of freshly ground coffee. Similar, perhaps, to how the speckles in Madelinetosh’s Modern Fair Isle mingle with fluffy laceweight mohair to journey along the knits and purls to create their own rich and textured landscape. Grab a hot tea and pop this cozy hat on your head to keep warm, and go walking in your own winter wonderland!


Kobuk is knit holding 2 yarns together- one DK weight merino wool and one lace weight mohair to create a super-soft, warm fabric with a lovely halo. As Q Mohair can be hard to find, I suggest Rowan Kidsilk Haze as an alternative. It can also be knit in worsted weight, as was successfully done by some of the testers.

Sample uses:
Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Modern Fair Isle (100% superwash merino 100g/225 yds)
Qing Fiber Q Mohair in Siren (70% Goat - Mohair
30% Silk 50g/459 yds)

Yardage used:
DK weight: 150-200yds
Mohair: 150-200yds

—One 16” circular needle, US size 4/ 3.5mm (or one size smaller than needle required to get gauge)
—One 16” circular needle, US size 6/ 4.0mm (or size required to get gauge)
—US size 6/ 4.0mm DPNs or a longer circular needle for Magic Loop method for crown shaping

20 sts and 28 rows over 4” in bobble pattern on larger needles