Tarradale by Emily K Williams


December 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 35 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette / double knitting
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
416 - 591 yards (380 - 540 m)
Finished Circumference: 47.5 (52.5, 58.5)cm / 18.75 (20.75, 23)in
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Tarradale Hat
by Emily Williams
Colourwork goes graphic in this bold hat. Double knitting offers a fresh take on a traditional pattern: since there are no floats to manage, the motifs can be considerably larger, while a double layer of wool offers extra warmth for cold climates. With an innovative construction, knitted seamlessly from a provisional cast on, Tarradale is fully reversible. A neat swirl crown finishes this hat off to perfection.

190 (230, 270) m / 210 (250, 290) yds of each of two colours. It is recommended to use a singles yarn with a high wool content, with some body that will block well. Choose two highly contrasting colours.

Sample is made using:
Kate Davies Designs Milarrochy Tweed (70% wool; 30% mohair; 100 m / 109 yds per 25 g ball).

MC - Birkin: 2 (3, 3) balls

CC - Lochan: 2 (3, 3) balls

3.00mm 40cm / 16in circular needle.
2.75mm 40cm / 16in circular needle

Crochet hook for provisional cast on (optional)
Lockable stitch marker
1 other stitch marker (of any type)
Tapestry needle
Waste yarn

23 sts and 35 rows to 10cm / 4in over double-knit colourwork in the round on gauge-size needle.

Hat circumference (unstretched): 47.5 (52.5, 58.5)cm / 18¾ (20¾, 23)in
Height from brim to crown: 25.5 (28, 30.5)cm / 10 (11, 12)in

Hat is modelled in size 52.5 cm / 20.75 in with 3 cm / 1.25 in negative ease.

Special techniques
Provisional cast on
Crown Twist
Double knitting

This PDF includes a photo tutorial to guide you through the process of joining the hat with a twist crown and commencing the double knitting.

Pattern notes
Beginning with a provisional cast-on, the crown of the hat is worked as a tube, which is folded in on itself and twisted, before the two ends are joined. The colourwork motif and rib are then worked from the top down in double knitting, to form a perfectly reversible hat. Each stitch on the chart denotes two stitches on the needles. Charts are read from right to left throughout.

Needle sizes were standardised in the publication of the Millarochy Heids book, and the self published PDF reflects the needle size used during design.