Pelagic by Hunter Hammersen


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September 2016
both are used in this pattern
Sport (12 wpi) ?
18 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked stockinette in main color
100 - 350 yards (91 - 320 m)
Written in four sizes and four gauges to fit most anyone (see notes below for more).
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This pattern (along with most of my earlier work) was discontinued in the summer of 2022.

A handful of my absolute favorite patterns have come back (you can see all the currently available patterns here). A few more will likely come back over time. And I am absolutely still making new things! But I do not have any plans to have the whole catalog be generally available ever again.

However, enough people have asked about the discontinued patterns that I will probably make the discontinued patterns available for a few days once or twice a year.

If you want to know if that happens (or to hear about new patterns as they come out or to see what else I’m up to), the best thing to do is join the mailing list or the patreon!

Pelagic adjective of or relating to the open sea or ocean

So you know that skein of really variegated sock yarn? The one you couldn’t resist in the shop? But it turned out to be a bit more energetic than you expected and you’ve been wondering what to do with ever since?

Yeah, this is what you do with it!

By pairing a lovely vibrant sock yarn (don’t kid me, you’ve got one in your stash) with a rather more subdued DK or sport weight yarn (I suspect you’ve got one of those too), you can work magic.

You don’t need a huge amount of either yarn (175 yards or less of each yarn will make the hat, and 75 yards or less of each will make the cuffs), so it’s a fantastic stash buster. And while you’re technically working with two yarns, you only ever use one in any given row, so it’s perfect if you’re a bit scared of proper colorwork (I know I am).

The pattern includes the directions for both the hat and the cuffs. Each piece is written in four sizes (an 88, 96, 104, & 112-stitch cast on for the hat, and a 24, 28, 32, & 36-stitch cast on for the cuffs), and you should feel free to adjust your gauge a bit to fine tune the fit of the pieces. 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 4.5, 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 19 and 25.5 inches (with lots of points in between) and the cuffs will fit a wrist between 5.25 and 9.75 inches (again, with lots of points in between).

These are perfect for you if:

  • You have some super colorful sock yarn lurking in your stash
  • You think two patterns are more fun than one
  • You’re looking for stashbuster projects

They’re 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)