Tenure Track by Anne Claiborne

Tenure Track

January 2020
Aran (8 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
150 - 164 yards (137 - 150 m)
One size
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Introduction: When my stylish sister-in-law asked for a knitted hat, I knew it had to be just right. I interrogated her on what qualities she likes in a hat and asked for pictures of hats she likes. Then, I designed this one to incorporate all of those and a little bit of her as well. The circular decrease construction in the granite stitch pattern creates concentric circles of ridges, reflecting her devotion to the practice of yoga and the balance of mind and body. The double ring of bobbles signifies her flair for fashion and fun. The name, Tenure Track, signifies where she is now in her career—on track for tenure at a major university in a growing field. My sister is a woman to inspire others, and I hope that you knit this hat for those who inspire you!

About this pattern: This aran-weight hat knits up quickly in granite stitch. Generous ribbing allows the hat to frame the wearer’s face in a slouchy way. Two rows of bobbles add style for the wearer and interest for the knitter. The granite ridges and circular decreases create a flattering crown of concentric circles.

Yarn: 100 g / 164 yards aran weight yarn.
Sample uses Purl Soho Worsted Twist in Gray Fig.
Needles:  US 6 (4.0mm) in 16” (40cm) circular cable, US 8 (5mm) in 16” (40cm) circular cable, and US 8 (5mm) in DPN or long cable for magic loop, or needles to match gauge.
Notions: Tapestry needle, stich marker.

Gauge: 18sts / 24 rounds = 4” (10 cm) square in stockinette using larger needle.

Size: One size, to fit head circumference 21-23”. Size is easily customizable and instructions for customization are included in the gray textboxes. Sample shown on a woman’s 22” head.

Techniques required: 

  • Increasing & Decreasing
  • Bobble stitch (photo tutorial included)