Penelope Chunky Knit Hat by Kim Firth

Penelope Chunky Knit Hat

December 2014
Super Bulky (5-6 wpi) ?
3 stitches and 3 rows = 4 inches
in Gauge is in colourwork with largest needles after blocking
US 11 - 8.0 mm
US 15 - 10.0 mm
125 - 135 yards (114 - 123 m)
One Size Fits Most Adults and Teens up to 23" head circumference
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The Penelope Chunky Knit Hat is a cosy, stylish, and versatile hat that may just become your favourite last-minute gift knitting! The hat is fully reversible and can be worn either as a beanie with the bottom rolled up or as a slightly slouchy hat when worn without a cuff. Either side has an interesting and colourful texture.

Super chunky alpaca combined with the thick and thin of the Wool Classica creates a fabric that is both warm and texturally interesting. Large needles mean the project flies off your needles. For most knitters it can be made in an evening or even during one movie.

The Penelope pattern incorporates basic Fair Isle stranded colourwork, so this is an ideal project for a knitter just starting to tackle Fair Isle or anyone wanting to perfect their technique. And of course the stranding means your hat will be even cosier! Penelope is also a great stash-busting project that will make use of those odd skeins, (and even half skeins), left over from other projects. So pull out some yarn, have fun with colour and texture combinations, and start your first Penelope hat!


  • Approximately 85 grams of Rowan Alpaca Chunky
  • Approximately 50 grams of Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica