Ochotona Hat by Carolyn Lisle

Ochotona Hat

December 2021
Sport (12 wpi) ?
33 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in textured pattern stitch
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
98 - 230 yards (90 - 210 m)
Infant (Baby, Toddler Small, Toddler Large, Child Small, Child Large, Tween/Teen, Adult Small, Adult Medium, Adult Large)
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The Ochotona Hat is inspired by Ochotona collaris, the Collared Pika. Pikas are distantly related to rabbits, so although they might look like mice, they actually eat plants, not seeds. They live in the mountains of northwestern Canada, collecting vegetation in a frenzy all summer, then staying active while eating from their accumulated “haypile” all throughout the long winter. This stitch pattern reminds me of that haphazard stack of flowers, grasses, and leaves, all carefully stockpiled under a boulder by a tiny, adorable mammal. (Did I mention that they make possibly the cutest squeaking noise ever?)

Pattern Description

This cozy, comfortable hat uses a unique all-over stitch pattern that is both beautiful and warm. The twisted strands in the pattern are easy to work, and they help highlight subtle colour details in handpainted yarns. Meant to be snugly fit, this hat is available in ten sizes from infant to adult and it features a crown knit in pattern as well as a coordinating twisted-rib cuff.

This pattern requires the knitter to be able to knit in the round (both on double-pointed needles/magic loop and circular needles) and clearly explains all techniques required. Within the pattern you will find links to useful video tutorials as well, so the pattern is easily accessible to an advanced beginner knitter. Corresponding written instructions are provided for the chart.

Yarn Requirements and Sizing

Sizes available: Infant (Baby, Toddler Small, Toddler Large, Child Small, Child Large, Tween/Teen, Adult Small, Adult Medium, Adult Large) for mean head circumferences of 39 (42, 44, 46, 48, 51, 53, 55, 57.5, 60) cm / 15 (16.5, 17.25, 17.75, 19, 20, 20.875, 21.625, 22.625, 23.5) inches

This pattern is written for heavy sport or light DK weight yarn; approximately 90 (100, 110, 120, 130, 140, 155, 180, 195, 210) m / 100 (110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 170, 190, 210, 230) yards required.

The texture used in this pattern stands out well in nearly any colourway. However, it is not ideal for self-striping yarns.