So Many Cats Hat by Vanessa Ewing
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So Many Cats Hat

Knitting
February 2018
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in st st in the round on US Size 7 (4.5mm) needle
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
170 - 260 yards (155 - 238 m)
To Fit Size: Child (Adult) Hat to Fit Head Circumference: 18 (20)” Approximate Finished Circumference: 17 (19 ¾)” Finished Length when worn: 7 ½ (8 ½)”
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Is there such a thing as too many cats? The Egyptians sure didn’t think so. While you debate that idea with your friends, challenge your hands with this fairisle cat hat. Worked from crown back to the crown, this double thick hat is extra warm and cozy while it hides all those pesky strands of yarn from working the cat chart. Bonus, you can wear the hat with the cat side or the lining side out. It is complete reversible! Pair this design with a soft squishy yarn, and you won’t want to take it off. 

Don’t want a double thick hat? No worries…directions are included on how to make it single-layered.

To Fit Size: Child (Adult)
Hat to Fit Head Circumference: 18 (20)”
Approximate Finished Circumference: 17 (19 ¾)”
Finished Length when worn: 7 ½ (8 ½)”
Materials
75 (120)—yards of a worsted weight yarn in Main Color (MC), we used Malabrigo Rios (192yds/100G skein, 100% Superwash Merino Wool): Color: Aniversario and
95 (140)—yards of a worsted weight yarn in Contrast color (CC) we used Madelinetosh Vintage (210yds/125G skein, 100% Superwash Merino Wool): Color: Silver Fox.
(add 20 yards or so to, either color, if you are making a pom pom)

  • US Size 6 (4mm) and 7 (4.5mm): 16” circular needle
  • US Size 7 (4.5mm) set of double pointed needles (DPNs) --US Size 8 (5mm): 16” circular for COLORWORK
  • 7 (8) stitch markers (6 (7) in one color and 1 in a different color)

Designer note about yarns… choose yarns that are able to be blocked and have body. Wools and “toothy” yarns are ideal for fairisle since they fill in any gaps caused by stranded work. Not to mention that wools will be able to bounce back after blocking. Cottons and Acrylics tend to not be ideal for this kind of hat since they lose their life after blocking.
Gauge
20 sts, 28 rows = 4” in st st in the round on US Size 7 (4.5mm) knitting needle after blocking.
20 sts, 28 rows – 4” in st st in the round in either Cat Chart colorwork on US Size 8 (5mm) knitting needle after blocking. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.