Rooftop Landing by Aimee Alexander

Rooftop Landing

November 2021
Sport (12 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch (blocked)
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
215 yards (197 m)
small (large)
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The Incredible Dr. Pol on Nat Geo Wild is an Alexander family fave. My daughter Maeve and I make a game of calling out the animal’s ailment or injury and naming the procedure or medicine needed before we hear from the vet. We love all the storylines, but our favorite is client Dave Aldrich and his reindeer at Rooftop Landing Farm.

As fangirls, we decided to take a trip to Michigan to meet IRL the celebrity reindeer including Angel, Maeve’s favorite. I’ve spoken with Dave, and while Angel is retired, he generously offered to give us a tour of the barn and meet her.

Not wanting to show up to the farm empty handed, I designed and knit this hat for Dave (and a few others) we “know” from the show. The name of the pattern is a nod to Dave’s farm, Rooftop Landing.

Rooftop Landing is knit in the round from the brim up. It features a knit-in-hem for warmth and to help retain shape over time.

Yarn: Sport weight. Shown in Polka Dot Sheep Ski Town Sport.
Color A (Winter Raven): 150 yd / 138 m
Color B (Beargrass): 90 yd. / 82 m

Needles: Choose the needle type for your preferred method of small circumference knitting in the round (16” / 40 cm circular, double pointed, magic loop etc.) in the following size:
US 3 / 3.25 mm

Notions: (1) stitch marker, tape measure and a darning needle for weaving ends.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS (circumference x height)
For best fit, plan 1 – 3” negative ease.
18.5 x 8.25 (20 x 8.5)“ / 47 x 21 (51 x 22) cm