Sacred Sheep Hat by Caitlin Hunter

Sacred Sheep Hat

November 2023
Any gauge - designed for any gauge ?
150 - 420 yards (137 - 384 m)
14 sizes in different yarn weights- finished measurements from 14"-22"
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The Sacred Sheep Hat was designed for the wonderful event of the same name hosted by Ritual Dyes in Portland- the pattern is now available for everyone!

The Sacred Sheep Hat is an uncomplicated and enjoyable knit that can be modified to fit different sizes and styles, ranging from toddler to adult large- from skull cap to slouchy beanie. The pattern is remarkably versatile, allowing the use of fingering, DK, or worsted-weight yarn, with the option of incorporating 2 or more colors. This flexibility offers a vast array of possibilities for customization. You can choose between a simple short brim, single-fold or a long, double-fold brim for maximum coziness. You can also pick from 3 different crown heights to make this pattern truly customizable for all sizes and fit preferences!

Pictured sample is worsted weight with a double-fold brim and uses:

Ritual Dyes Elder
100% Rambouillet wool
190 yards 173 meters 100 grams
worsted weight

Colors used in sample:
Brim Color: Jewelweed
C1: Obsidian
C2: Bone

OR at least 2 colors of fingering, DK or worsted weight yarn suitable for colorwork. See yardage for estimates of amounts required

Note that needle sizes are suggested only. You may need to use a different size to achieve gauge.
Fingering (DK, Worsted)
—One 16” circular needle, US size 2 (4, 6) 2.75, 3.5, 4.0 mm-2 sizes smaller than needle required to get gauge)
—One 16” circular needle, US size 3 (6, 8) 3.25, 4.0, 5.0 mmize required to get gauge)
—US size 3 (6, 8) 3.25, 4.0, 5.0 mm DPNs or a longer circular needle for Magic Loop method for crown shaping

Stitch marker, scrap yarn or stitch holders, tapestry needle, row counter (optional)

Fingering (DK, Worsted)

30 (24, 20) sts and 34 (30, 22) rounds = 4” 10 cm in colorwork and stockinette on main needles after blocking

Note- You should always knit your swatch the same way that the pattern is knit—in this case, in the round. Block your swatch as you will your finished garment and allow it to dry fully before measuring.

Yardage: Because of the number of variations possible with this hat, providing yardage isn’t feasible. 130 yards of each color will be sufficient for any size if making the worsted weight. If making DK, I would recommend 150 yards of each color. For fingering weight, 200 yards of each color will be plenty! Remember, this pattern is designed to be a great stash buster!

Hat is designed to be worn with 1-2” 2.5-5 cm of negative ease. Measurements are given for finished (unstretched) circumference. Depth will depend on the brim type and crown height you choose, as described later in the pattern.
Fingering Weight:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5:

Circumference: 14.5, 16, 17.75, 19.25, 21“ 37, 41, 45, 49, 53.5 cm

DK Weight:
(6, 7, 8, 9, 10):

Circumference: 14, 16, 18, 20, 22” 36, 41, 46, 56 cm

Worsted Weight:
{11, 12, 13, 14}:

Circumference: 14.5, 17, 19.25, 21.75” 37, 43.5, 49, 55.5 cm