Musselburgh by Ysolda Teague


December 2019
Any gauge - designed for any gauge ?
4.5 stitches = 1 inch
in stockinette
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
130 - 610 yards (119 - 558 m)
baby to adult x-large
low vision format available
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Pattern accessibility There are three versions of this pattern pdf available. Print (3 column), mobile, and low vision.

Musselburgh was inspired by a World War II era pattern for a Fatigue Cap, which “can be worn as a scarf, and has many other uses”. That pattern is simply a tube, seamed at each end and folded in half inside itself. I was struck by how modern this simple concept appeared, and how much like the simple, commercially knit beanies, that are ubiquitous on my local beaches in the winter. Instead of the straight seams across the ends I’ve added 4 point shaping, so you begin at one end with eight stitches, increase, knit forever, and then decrease to mirror the shaping at the other end. The length I’ve given will allow for a nice deep turned-up brim, but isn’t quite as long as the 36 inches in the wartime pattern – less useful as a scarf, or the mystery “other uses” but more comfortable as an every day hat. It’s also makes it the perfect length to wear slouchy.

Musselburgh includes 6 sizes and 6 gauges, so you can knit it with the yarn you prefer, to fit everyone. Because every size starts in exactly the same way you can skip swatching and measure gauge on your project.

Heavy laceweight to DK weight yarn. A typically Aran weight gauge is included but I recommending only using this gauge for a lighter weight yarn that blooms, eg: a mohair or angora blend, or a strand of fingering weight held together with a laceweight mohair.

Exact yardage will depend on size and yarn used. Shown in adult medium using one skein of The Uncommon Thread Tough Sock

Dpns or circulars for your preferred method of working small circumferences in the round
16” / 40cm circular (for sizes above baby)
Choose a size based on your knowledge of your personal tension and the recommended needle size for your yarn. If using sock yarn use a needle a couple of sizes larger than you would use for socks.

Stitch markers

Pattern includes directions for gauges of 7, 6.5, 6, 5 and 4.5 stitches per inch / 2.5cm

Directions are given for measuring the gauge while working the hat, but if you prefer to swatch do so in the round

Low vision details: 

  • The main text is black 24pt sans serif and all text is black on a white background.
  • No italics are used
  • The directions are in written form in LV pdf
  • Images have alt text

Screen readers:
The low vision version is tagged to work with screen reading software and have been tested. Images have alt text. Abbreviations are used in the directions, they are defined but may be read aloud oddly. If this is something you use we’d love your feedback on how we could improve the pattern formatting for screen readers.